Today I’m handing over the blog to Mandie who has a review of Clare Chase’s latest Tara Thorpe thriller, Death Comes to Call. Thank you to Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting us to join the tour and for providing the advance copy of the book for review. Here is what it’s all about:
The Bookish Bits
Frost sparkles on the bare winter branches, as night falls over the quiet country lanes bordering the fens. But nestled beneath an ivy-covered bough, a body lies pale in the bright moonlight…
When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.
Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.
At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.
When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?
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Death Comes to Call once again sees DC Tara Thorpe in the middle of a murder investigation. What initially starts off as a follow up to a missing person report made by Matthew Cope regarding his brother Luke soon turns into something more when the body of Luke’s close friend Freya Cross is discovered. Is Luke responsible for her death or is his disappearance a sign of something much worse.
This is the third book in the Tara Thorpe series and I have to say that I enjoyed it just as much as the first two so much so I read the whole book in a day. I will admit I like Tara. She just can’t quite give up on her journalistic background when it comes to digging into particular lines of enquiry and this usually produces results. That is not to say though that at times this can prove quite dangerous when she goes off on her own much to the exasperation of her boss DI Garstin Blake. She absolutely hates not being in the thick of all the investigations which can lead to a bit of sulking on her part but her attitude does not always sit well with the newly promoted DS Megan Maloney who secretly believes that Tara is given too much freedom for her level of experience and time in the force.
For someone who has not been in the police force very long Tara is managing to get on the wrong side of quite a few people and this could be trouble for her career. Her ex-boss from the magazine she used to work for is out to make as much trouble as possible for her and now her previous DS is also out for blood after he holds her responsible for him currently being on suspension. He has managed to put doubt in the mind of DS Maloney so you have to wonder if maybe despite her best intentions if she is really cut out for her chosen career. With her feelings for DI Blake becoming more evident her mind isn’t always on the job either and with him now about to become a father for the second time you kind of hope that she will stop hoping for something more and get on with her life… part of me even hopes she will hook up with DC Max Dimity as they seem to get on great and their partnership has even seen him start to focus on his career again. If there is anything that niggled me, its Blake’s attitude towards Tara. I can understand him wanting to encourage her to do well but as the least seasoned member of the team who still has a lot to learn, I would have thought he would have kept her under a little more control. Then again he is also dealing with his feelings for her that started when she was a journalist and before she joined the team but this is something else he should put a lid on before it becomes a real issue.
The pace of the book kept my attention and we start to see more of why Tara is the way she is. With the stalker of her childhood seemingly making his presence felt once again and others also determined to bring Tara down a peg or two I can’t wait to read what Clare Chase has in store for the next book in the series.
About the Author
Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.
After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.
Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.
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