I’m delighted to share a few words about the amazing Clare Clase today. I first fell upon her books a few years ago now but it’s her current series following reporter/detective Tara that really had me sit up and take notice. The last in the series, Murder in the Fens, was released this week and I have to say I pretty much read it in one sitting.
Clare Chase writes character-driven mysteries set in the East of England, where she’s lived since she graduated with a degree in English Literature from London University.
She spent her childhood in the English midlands and got hooked on her chosen genre when she was given Richard Scarry’s The Great Pie Robbery, featuring detectives Sam Cat and Dudley Pig! She moved on through Tintin to golden-age crime and contemporary thrillers, raiding the library and her mother and grandmother’s paperback collections.
Like a lot of writers, she never really wanted any other job. This could be the reason for her eclectic ‘career’, which has been full of interest, but possibly lacking in direction! In the past she’s worked everywhere from the University of Cambridge to the local prison. Her most recent day job was at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she helped teams of scientists organise the delivery of analytical chemistry courses in sub-Saharan Africa. Although she loved it, and her brilliant colleagues, she finally had to switch to full-time writing, to keep up with the deadlines! This fulfils a long-held dream, made possible by her publisher, Bookouture, and she adores it.
Clare’s first break in publishing was thanks to Choc Lit, who took a chance on her debut romantic suspense, You Think You Know Me, which had been shortlisted for Novelicious’ Undiscovered Award. Two more romantic thrillers followed before Clare switched to writing series crime and was thrilled to be taken on by Bookouture. The final novel of a four-book police procedural series for them, featuring journalist-turned-cop, Tara Thorpe is out this week. Meanwhile, the first, Murder on the Marshes, is currently on the 2019 ITW Thriller Awards shortlist.
About the Tara Thorpe series
The Tara Thorpe series is set in the ancient university city of Cambridge, where Clare lives, and is inspired by the location’s contrasts and contradictions. For her next venture – a new cosy mystery series – the action will move to coastal Suffolk, close to where her grandmother lived. Clare loves the picturesque villages in the county, and the way they contrast with the wild North Sea, and Suffolk’s beautiful but eerie estuaries and marshes.
The new series will publish in early 2020 and features obituary writer Eve Mallow. The idea for her profession came after listening to some fascinating interviews with Margalit Fox, who formerly fulfilled that role for the New York Times. (You can find the interviews on YouTube.)
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.
OOH, I’m so looking forward to Clare’s next. Sounds right up my street. Thanks, Clare for popping in and all the very best with your new release and next series x
To find out more about Clare and her books, here is her Amazon link.