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One Dark Lie

(London and Cambridge #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The truth can hurt, and sometimes it leads to murder …

After becoming embroiled in a murder investigation, Nate Bastable and Ruby Fawcett have decided to opt for the quiet life. But crime has a habit of following them around.
When her work dries up, Ruby finds herself accepting a job researching and writing about Diana Patrick-John, a colourful and enigmatic Cambridge academ
Published December 13th 2016 by Choc Lit (first published December 12th 2016)
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Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, uk, series, cozy
4.5 stars. When Ruby Fawcett accepted the job of writing a book about the life of world-renowned academic, Diana Patrick-John, it seemed a good career move at the time while simultaneously providing her with some space to consider where her relationship with former private investigator Nate Bastable was heading. The thing is, Diana Patrick-John was murdered in her house. The same house Ruby was now sharing for book research purposes with the victim's young niece, Clemmie, and creepy brother, Que ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
We all have a favorite genre, but sometimes it feels right to delve into something a little darker, a little gritty and filled with mysterious angles, twists and those “Never saw THAT coming,” moments. You are going to find them in ONE DARK LIE by Clare Chase, the story of two people, each on a mission of discovery. Nate is driven to protect Ruby, an author who takes her due diligence a little too far as she becomes wrapped up gaining the meat and potatoes for her next great read, a tale of a re ...more
Linda Strong
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nate and Ruby are living a quiet life together, but crime seems to be following them.

Ruby finds a job researching and writing about Diana Patrick-John, a Cambridge academic. Unfortunately, Diana was found dead under suspicious circumstances in her home ..the place where Ruby has been invited to stay.

Nate is not real happy about Ruby moving under another man's roof, even if it is only for a writing job. But Nate has his own secrets, things he does not want to tell Ruby about. He calls it protect
Renita D'Silva
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Absolutely brilliant! This is the first book I've read by this author and it is perfection. Now I can't wait to read the others in the series. I was rapidly turning the pages wanting to know what happened next in this suspenseful tale while at the same time not wanting it to end as I was enjoying it so much. A beautifully written gem of a book. Highly recommended to everyone. ...more
Karen Whittard
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, Choclit and Clare Chase for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

You will find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon from today. On Goodreads under my name Karen Whittard and on Amazon under my name K.e.whittard.

If you have read strangers house then I urge you carry on the story and read this. If you haven't read the above mentioned book I would suggest reading this first so that you can get more of a context when Reading this.

I was left wanting more
Sue Wallace
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
One dark lie by Claire Chase.
A good read with likeable characters. Found it a little slow in places but I read it. I liked the story. I liked the cover. 4*.
Claire Wilson
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
One Dark Lie by Clare Chase is the 3rd in the London and Cambridge Mystery series - which follows Nate Bastable and girlfriend Ruby Fawcett. When Ruby is hired to write the biography of a murdered professor, she cant help but get involved in trying to find the culprit. Meanwhile,, Nate is growing ever closer to unmasking his sisters killer. Fantastic read and well written. 4 stars
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I said in my review for A Stranger's House that, although I believed it to be a stand alone, I would love to see more for Nate and Ruby in the future so you could imagine my excitement when I saw this book. That excitement soon turned to dread as I remembered the old adage - "careful what you wish for" but I am very pleased to report that I loved this book just as much. This book again deals a lot with both Ruby's and Nate's lives before they met. Indeed, much of that past is front and centre in ...more
J.B (Debbie)
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the previous book A Stranger's House by Clare Chase I was so keen to read this book. And, I was not disappointed. For all you fans of mysteries this book will feed your addiction to good old fashioned sleuthing!

The story carries on from A Stranger's House but it can be read just as well as a standalone although I would urge you to read the previous book just to add further to your enjoyment of the series. Again we are introduced to Nate and Ruby. Now in a rel
Take some thrilling suspense, add a touch of crime, and sprinkle it with doses of romance, and the ingredients are all there for another great read by Clare Chase.

Ruby accepts a live-in writing assignment while her boyfriend, Nate, caught up in his own secrets, seems to be drifting from her. As Ruby begins to delve into her subject's life, she starts to uncover things she and others may not want her to know...

A standalone sequel to the wonderful A Stranger's House, this was gently paced reading
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ruby is a writer. Lately she hasn't been happy with her books and the direction her publisher wants her to take. When Quentin Patrick-John approaches her to write a book about his sister Diana, Ruby sees this as a new opportunity to profile herself as a writer. Diana Patrick-John was a well know academic and was murdered in her home. Her murder is still unsolved. Even though her house is also the crime-scene, Ruby moves in and stays with Diana's brother, wife and daughter. What will Ruby find wh ...more
Amanda ChocolatePages
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book can be read as a standalone, although I recommend that you read A Stranger’s House first.

One Dark Lie tells the story of the very inquisitive Ruby Fawcett, who is an Author. Ruby is asked to write a biography of a recently murdered woman Diana Patrick-John. However Diana’s brother doesn’t want Ruby to concentrate on the demise of Diana, he wants her to write about her brilliance as an academia and what a success she was. He also wants her to stay in Diana’s room in his house! As you c
Rhoda Baxter
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
After a spate of reading fantasy novels I was in the mood for something darker. This is a murder mystery with a hint of gang violence thrown in to up the level of menace.

Ruby writes books about real people. When she is offered the chance to write the life story of murdered academic Diana Patrick-John and she can't help but drawn into the mystery of who killed Diana.
Nate is trying to trap his sister's killer. He's playing a dangerous game whilst trying desperately to keep the people he loves - i
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fantastic sequel to “A Stranger’s House” – it had me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails and I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. Brilliant!
Joanna Lambert
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed A Stranger’s House so was really looking forward to reading One Dark Lie – the third book in the London and Cambridge Mysteries series. Nate and Ruby are now an item – well almost – they’re in a relationship but not currently living together. Ruby is given the opportunity to write a book about well-known academic Diana Patrick John’s life by her brother Quentin. She is invited to stay in Diana’s house, where he and his daughter are currently living in order to get an authentic ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Dark Lie is the third book in the London and Cambridge mystery series and takes up the story of Nat and Ruby, who featured in the second book. However, One Dark Lie can be read as a standalone, as I did, although once you have read this book you may well be tempted to buy the second to see how Nat and Ruby met.

Ruby takes on the commission of writing the biography of a murdered woman, so it is only natural that Ruby starts delving a little deeper than she at first planned to. Meanwhile, the n
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The two main characters, Ruby and her policeman boyfriend Nate, have their own mystery plots that run parallel throughout the book.

Ruby is employed by the brother of a murdered Cambridge academic to write his dead sister's biography. The brother now lives in his sister's house that he inherited and where the murder took place. A condition of accepting the job to write the biography, is for Ruby to stay in this house, allegedly to get the atmosphere of the sister. Considering the murder occurred
Ann Cooper
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the London & Cambridge Mysteries series. It follows on from A Stranger's House (which is also brilliant) but can be read as a standalone.

Ruby takes a job writing about Diana, a member of the Cambridge elite. Diana's brother asks her to do it and sets some very stringent guidelines. However, Ruby being Ruby, follows her nose into the mystery of Diana's suspicious death.

In the meantime, Nate is closing in on the gangster whom he suspects killed his sister - but he is still
Kathleen Gray
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this as a standalone but now I'm going to look for more books in the series. Nate and Ruby are a terrific couple who likely would work better together than apart as Nate does in part of this. I understand the compartmentation but she would have made things easier. At the same time, Ruby's own mystery is both intriguing and just twisty enough to keep you reading. I liked the Cambridge setting- made me want to take another trip there sometime soon. THanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Try this ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One Dark Lie does not disappoint with the return of Ruby and Nate, on the trail of murder, mystery, mayhem and a little love in between! Once again Clare Chase takes us on a bumpy ride with the two characters searching for answers and finding that their bond can withstand any obstacle.

Would definitely recommend this novel!!
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Clare Chase’s One Dark Lie was a good read.

This book is part of the author’s London and Cambridge mystery series. I loved the setting, and how she draws out the different environments the story is set in.

I enjoyed the balanced parallel narratives from the two main characters, Ruby and Nate, and also liked their slightly complex romantic relationship. Overall, the storyline flowed well and the plot twists held my interest – though I wasn’t too keen on the gangland bit but I suppose it was ne
InD'tale Magazine
“One Dark Lie” is the third book in the “London & Cambridge Mystery Series.” Although this can be read as a standalone book, reading the books in order will help readers gain an enhanced understanding of the characters, the storyline, and the background information.

Read full review in the 2017 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Isabelle D
I had grabbed this book during a sale and didn't realise I should have read A Stranger's House first before I started this one and read the references to previous events that are obviously big spoilers to the first book's plot. So yes, this one works as a standalone, but reading it first is a very bad idea.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the story, its twists, the characters and the writing. I'll just wait before I buy and read A Stranger's House, in the hope that in a few years I'll have forgotten eno
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Clare Chase writes classic mysteries. Her aim is to take readers away from it all via some armchair sleuthing in atmospheric locations.

Her debut novel was shortlisted for Novelicious’s Undiscovered Award, as well as an EPIC award post-publication, and was chosen as a Debut of the Month by LoveReading. Murder in the Marshes (Tara Thorpe 1) was shortlisted for an International Thriller Writers award

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