Genre: Mystery: woman sleuth / crime-solving couple
Release Date: 12th February 2016 (Kindle version)
Publisher: Choc Lit Ltd (under their new ‘Death by Choc Lit’ imprint).
What if you were powerless to protect the person you cared about most? 
When Ruby finds out that her partner has done the unforgivable, she has no option but to move out of their home. With nowhere else to go, a job house-sitting in Cambridge seems like the perfect solution. 

But it’s soon clear the absent owner hurts everyone he gets close to, and Ruby’s faced with the fallout. As violent repercussions unfold, her instinct is to investigate: it’s a matter of self-preservation. And besides, she’s curious…
But Ruby’s new boss, Nate Bastable, has his eye on her and seems determined to put a stop to her sleuthing. Is he simply worried for the welfare of a member of staff, or is there something altogether more complicated – and potentially dangerous – at play? 

My Thoughts

This is my first book by Clare Chase and definitely won't be my last, I absolutely loved it. I devoured this in one afternoon I simply couldn't put it down.

A Stranger's House starts off where we meet Ruby  who has done a runner from her partner Luke after doing the unforgivable after living with him in BrookMans cottage for 10 years. Best Friend Steph suggests she house sits for her cousin Nate who owns a house sitting business.After taking the housing sitting job on the River house in Cambridge, it soon becomes clear to Ruby that something isn't quite right about owner of the house Damien,with strange findings and goings on around the house. And becomes clear Damien hurts everyone he gets close to, and Ruby’s faced with the fallout. As violent repercussions unfold, her instinct is to investigate.But is she in danger?!

I liked how the points of view of this story swapped between Ruby and Nate.and loved the chemistry build up between them. I have to say rough and ready Nate seemed quite the hottie for me. And the touch of romance worked well with this old fashioned agatha christie style story, set in the modern day.Which is the easiest way to describe this story.

This is what I call an easy read that moves in a steady pace. The author clearly knows how to build up the suspense dropping clues out to build the  pieces of the jigsaw. And kept  me guessing until the end.

If you enjoy a mystery-suspense, this is one hell of a page turner with lots of twists and turns that kept me on tenterhooks throughout the story. I highly recommend giving it 4.5 stars.

Thank you to Choc Lit and Brook Cottage Tours for an advanced reader's copy

From Death by Choc Lit - gripping edge of your seat reads.

Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries set in London and Cambridge. She fell in love with the capital as a student, living in the rather cushy surroundings of Hampstead in what was then a campus college of London University. (It's currently being turned into posh flats ...)

After graduating in English Literature, she 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 daughters, 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, has been shortlisted for an EPIC award, and was chosen as a debut of the month for September 2015 by Lovereading.
Website/blog: www.clarechase.com


A signed paperback copy of previous book, You Think You Know Me (also a mystery/suspense novel) plus a sweet treat from Hotel Chocolat.


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review, Shell – I’m really delighted you enjoyed A Stranger’s House! :-)


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