As I was cleaning up my Gmail, to reduce space. I have come across a file back from 2019 with a lot of interviews that I received for the blog. I will be sharing them with you over the coming weeks. I think at the time I was floored by how busy and popular the blog had gotten. Plus I had started Love Books Tours. So sincere apologies for the very long delay.
Death Comes to Call by Clare Chase
Back of the Book
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?
An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page! Can be read as a standalone.
The Tara Thorpe Mystery Series:
Book 1 – Murder on the Marshes
Book 2 – Death on the River
Book 3 – Death Comes to Call
Book 4 – Murder in the Fens
Interview from the Archives with Clare Chase
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
It’s crime fiction set in the university city of Cambridge, UK, and it’s the third instalment in the Tara Thorpe series – though each novel is a standalone mystery. It focuses on a death, a disappearance, a close-knit group of neighbours and the dangerous undercurrents that swirl beneath the seemingly still waters of a quiet, well-to-do district.
Who would your book be perfect for?
Everyone! (Just kidding!) In fact, reviewers of this series have compared it to Lewis, Morse and Midsomer Murders, as well as the works of Elly Griffiths and Agatha Christie. So, if you like mystery fiction at that end of the genre then Death Comes to Call might be your bag!
Did you have a favourite character to write about?
I enjoyed writing all of them, but for light relief, I’d maybe say Tara’s contacts outside the police, including her mother and Kemp, the ex-cop who’s helped her in the past. As usual, they gave me the chance to add a sprinkling of humour to the book.
What inspired you to write the book?
This is a really tricky topic to cover without giving spoilers! I can say that it was the idea for the motive that came to me first, after reading a news story. Once I’d thought of it, I couldn’t let it go, and worked back to see how all the details might fit. Whilst I was writing the book, a second big, related story hit the headlines. If you read Death Comes to Call, you might be able to guess which one!
Can you share with us a photo that meant something special to you?
This is a view of King’s College, Cambridge, showing the front court and chapel. I took it from the tower of the university church, Great St Mary’s. If you look next to the college’s gatehouse, you can see the BBC outside broadcasts lorry. Its crew were getting ready for the live radio transmission of the carol service on 24th December. But for me, this day was particularly special as it was my 50th birthday! As you can see, the weather was beautifully sunny. I had my husband and daughter with me, and was also eagerly anticipating the arrival of my son, later that day, so I was happy.
What has been your proudest bookish moment?
That’s a tricky one! I was so happy to get taken on by my publisher, Bookouture, and alongside that, I’d have to say the day I got my first Amazon bestseller flag, which was in the US for book one in the Tara Thorpe series, Murder on the Marshes.
Do you have any questions for your readers?
Ooh – this feels like an excellent opportunity that I shouldn’t squander! I realise there are certain key elements in crime fiction that are really important to me, beyond the main mystery. I love an atmospheric and unusual setting, for instance, and I like to get to know series characters so that I feel I’m catching up with friends when I pick up the next book in the sequence. I’d love to ask readers what they look for in crime fiction, beyond the mystery element.
• What is your favourite read of your whole life and why?
That is such a difficult question to answer! There are so many books that are special to me. I’ve got different favourites by category – depending on whether I’m thinking of something that changed my world view, or a book that filled me with joy, made me laugh until I cried, gripped me or fascinated me the most. Can I cop out and pick a book that influenced my career? If so, then I’ll go for Septimus and the Danedyke Mystery by Stephen Chance. It’s certainly one of my all-time favourites too: an excellent, exciting and wittily written mystery that was published by Puffin in the seventies. As my first proper taste of crime fiction, it sparked my passion for the genre. (The setting’s great too – I love the Cambridgeshire fens.)
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