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Receptionist Kate Dahlbeck accepts the final slot on reality TV show "Jack’s House", and takes a leave of absence from her job to live in front of cameras, wired up to a microphone twenty-four hours a day. Despite the silly activities forced on the contestants, it’s all fun and games…that is until one of them dies.
Tired of desk duty while he recovers from injuries sustained in the line of duty, DS Zander Ellery is champing at the bit to investigate the suspicious death—from the inside. His partner DC Isabel York agrees to watch his back from the safety of the director’s gallery in the studio. Zander packs the one bag he’s allowed, and enters the house undercover. It doesn’t take him long to work out the sinister link between housemates, but proving which one is a killer isn't easy. They're all hiding something, including Kate.
Time is short. Can Zander catch the culprit before he—or she—strikes again? And will his growing attraction for the seemingly innocent Kate cloud his judgement or will he be carrying her off to the nick before the show's final wrap?
Coming back for another installment of DCs Ellery and York is like reuniting with old friends. Everything about The House That Jack Built hooked me from the start. So cleverly executed, and wonderful characters--I certainly hope we'll see Kate again. For a clean, British suspense mystery, Clare Revell simply can't be beat. I wish I could give more than 5 stars!
Death, Mystery, and Romance
I’m a Clare Revell fan. I’ve read many of her mysteries, and they never fail to entertain. In "The House that Jack Built," the reader is reunited with Zander, a police detective from some of her pervious novels. This time he goes undercover as a contestant in a a reality TV show where all the contestants live in the same house and get voted off one by one. But when people start dying on the set, Zander has to find the killer. Each time I’d think I had the mystery solved, I’d discover I was wrong.
This was a quick, enjoyable read. I loved the fact that it was based on the old children’s poem “The House That Jack Built.” The plot was complicated enough to keep me guessing to the end (and I still didn’t figure out whodunnit).