Title: This Dark Place by Claire Kittridge
Publisher: Delicate Prey Publishing
Date Published: 17th April 2018
Priscilla Ames is the daughter of a Wall Street hedge fund manager that has made millions in the stock market. She’s reckless, impulsive, always wanting to be the center of attention, but one thing has been constant – her friendship with Avery Moss. They are like sisters that share adventures and look out for each other in times of need.
Avery Moss comes from a working-class family in Brooklyn. She met Priscilla as an 8 year-old at an elite NYC private school where Avery was on a one-year scholarship. They became friends on the first day of school when Avery beat up a boy that was teasing Priscilla. When Avery’s scholarship was discontinued, Priscilla’s father, Peter Ames, stepped in and has supported her schooling ever since, including sending the girls to a prestigious acting college in London.
NYPD Detective Kelly Moore is a member of the elite Queens Violent Felony Squad. She is smart and strong and direct. Years ago, her older sister disappeared while travelling in England and the case was never solved, haunting all of her investigations. Moore’s greatest strength and her greatest weakness are two sides of the same coin: when she’s on her game, she works from the inside out, acting on hunches and then backing them up with evidence – but under duress, she acts rashly, leaping before she looks.
When Priscilla’s body is found by Avery in a posh London flat and her death is splashed across headlines worldwide, Kelly Moore flies across the Atlantic to join a crack team of British investigators working on the case.
Together with the London Metropolitan Police, Kelly must track down a twisted serial killer who seems to know her every move and her darkest secrets. As the body count rises, and panic spreads, the killer threatens to make Kelly the next victim.
In a heart-racing game of cat and mouse, Kelly must outwit this elusive master of surveillance – who might be the last person she suspects.
NYPD detective Kelly Moore is sent to London to investigate by the grieving father of Priscilla Ames after her room mate Avery Moss finds her dead after seemingly playing a game of Russian Roulette. Suspicion quickly falls on Avery but Kelly is not convinced. Alone in a foreign country with someone who desperately wants Kelly to stop investigating, will she crack the case?
I love discovering new crime writers and Claire Kittridge is no exception. This book has a fast, snappy pace and there is never a dull moment.
Kelly is a very likeable character and I really feel for her, her sister went missing on her way to London and she spent months trying to track her with no trace. She is dedicated, a little fool hardy at times, but who would want that is a fictional police officer?
There’s also a nice US versus UK theme which wasn’t overly done, although I did roll my eyes a little at the cockney rhyming slang used briefly by one of the characters.
There are bits that are a little unbelievable,.i.e. an American policewoman being allowed onto a British case and interviewing a suspect who’s been arrested but it’s still enjoyable read as long as you aren’t a stickler for the rules. Also some of the so-called Brits do slip the odd Americanism in there too.
A promising start to a new crime series and I for one am looking forward to where this is heading next.
About The Author:
Claire Kittridgegrew up in Brooklyn, NY watching The X-files, Law and Order, and a worn-out VHS tape of Sweeney Todd that she found in the basement. Long a lover of atmospheric landscape, rolling hills, and rainy days, Claire fell in love with England and its great fictional detectives while traveling around Britain as a teenager.
An avid reader, triathlete, and boxing fan, Claire lives in New York City with her cat, Chairman Meow. She is currently at work on the second Kelly Moore novel.
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/clairekittridge