AUTHOR INTERVIEW: JENNIFER CHASE AUTHOR OF BODY OF THE CRIME @jchasenovelist


Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning crime fiction author and consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.
Her latest book is the mystery suspense, Body of the Crime.

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Thank you for this interview, Jennifer! How exciting for you to have another new book out! Can you tell us the inspiration behind Body of the Crime?
Jennifer: Writing mysteries and thrillers is what I love to write the most. Body of the Crime is the first book in the Chip Palmer forensic mystery series. I wanted to create a forensic hero, someone that is the underdog and completely out of his element during gritty police investigations. Chip Palmer is quirky, intelligent, and sees things differently than the cops. It makes him a breath of fresh air, to some, and an annoyance to others.
I’m excited to learn about the main characters. Can you tell us a little about them?
Jennifer: We have a forensic consultant and expert witness, Dr. Chip Palmer, assisting the special crime task force. Palmer is known for his astute academic interpretations of serial and predatory crimes, along with his unconventional tactics that goes against general police procedures. He’s been paired with Inspector Kate Rawlins, a no nonsense investigator that is more comfortable in the interrogation room with hardened criminals than sifting through minute clues. Palmer and Rawlins make an unusual team, both annoyed and intrigued by each other. They care more about each other than they would care to admit.
They say all books of fiction have at least one pivotal point, which holds the reader spell-bound. Can you give us one pivotal point in Body of the Crime?
Jennifer: Well, I don’t want to give away any suspense for the reader. But, I can tell you that the tables will be turned on the main characters in a most high-octane thriller sort of way.
If you could exchange places with any of your characters for a day, who would that be and why?
Jennifer: That’s a great question! I feel like there’s always a small part of me that are these characters. If I had to choose, I would love to be Inspector Kate Rawlins for a day because she’s an alpha female that says exactly what she thinks—and has a badge to drag the criminals to jail.
Thanks again for stopping by The Writer’s Life, Jennifer. What’s next for you?
Jennifer: It’s been my pleasure. Thanks so much for the interview and chatting about Body of the Crime.
I’m currently finishing the second Chip Palmer Forensic Mystery, Scene of the Crime. I’m outlining the third Chip Palmer Forensic Mystery, Evidence of the Crime, and outlining an Emily Stone Thriller, Dark Lies. I like to stay busy and keep fans happy.
 About the Book:

Title: BODY OF THE CRIME
Author: Jennifer Chase
Publisher: JEC Press
Pages: 397
Genre: Mystery Suspense

BOOK BLURB:
Three grisly murders linked to five old cold cases, dubbed the Flower Girl Murders, pushes detectives to their limit to find a clever and extremely brutal serial killer, leaving a California town demanding justice. The District Attorney’s Serial Special Task Force retains the help of the reclusive Dr. Chip Palmer, a forensic expert and criminal profiler, to steer them in the right direction.

Palmer is known for his astute academic interpretations of serial and predatory crimes, along with his unconventional tactics that goes against general police procedures. He is partnered with the tough and beautiful D.A. Inspector Kate Rawlins, a homicide detective transplanted from Phoenix, and the chemistry ignites between the team—turbulent and deadly.

The Flower Girl Murders leaves three homicides, five cold cases, two seasoned detectives, three suspects, and one serial killer calling all the shots. The investigation must rely on one eccentric forensic scientist to unravel the clues to solve the case. But at what cost?

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