Death on the River – Clare Chase

When a body is pulled from the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of town, everybody assumes it was a tragic accident. But Detective Tara Thorpe, newly joined and determined to prove herself, suspects there’s more to the story.

Tara is desperate to investigate further, but her supervisor Patrick Wilkins has other ideas. He would rather die than let this ambitious upstart show him up – even if it means some digging in Tara’s secret past to keep her under his thumb. After all, it’s not like he can report her – everyone knows that his boss Detective Garstin Blake and Tara have a history…

When another body is found, it becomes clear that there’s a killer on the loose. Could the murders be linked to the secrets that Tara has been keeping from her team… and can she solve the case before another innocent dies?



My review

I have read the first book as well and I was really looking forward to the second book. Fortunately I did not have to wait a very long time and I was happy to finally settle down and get drawn in by it.

Between the two books there is a lapse of about 4 years. People who have read the previous book know why that is.

So when we meet Tara again it’s nice to see that she succeeded in what she set out to do and she is ready to move on. But not everybody is happy about that …

Although I liked the first book, I enjoyed this one even more. There is some action straight from the start and Tara will do whatever it takes to see that justice is being done. Will she be succesful in her professional life as well as her personal one?

It is a fast paced mystery story that makes your head spin with all the information that is thrown at you. I am happy that I did not have to solve it, but a big thumbs up for the author’s imagination.

The ending leaves you, once again, wanting more. So bring on part three, please. 4 stars.

Thank you, Clare Chase, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Clare Chase writes mysteries set in her home city of Cambridge and is fascinated by the location’s contrasts and contradictions. 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 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. She lives with her husband and teenage children, and currently works at the Royal Society of Chemistry.