Nov 052016
 

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER
By Cathy Ace

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The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer:
A cozy mystery set in Wales
(A WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Severn House (November 1, 2016)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1847516633
E-Book ASIN: B01AADQSF2
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Synopsis

The Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency are back in a witty and intriguing new mystery.

The Anwen Morris Dancers are to play a pivotal role in the imminent nuptials of Henry, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth. But it looks as though the wedding plans might go awry unless Mavis, Annie, Carol and Christine can help Althea, the Dowager Duchess, by finding a missing Morris man and a set of ancient and valuable artifacts in time for her son’s wedding.
Anwen-by-Wye might look like an idyllic Welsh village where family values reign and traditions still mean something in a modern world, but what will the WISE women find when they peer behind the respectable net curtains?

Praise for The Missing Morris Dancer

The characters are interesting as are the traditions and superstitions surrounding the wedding and the missing dancer…If you’re a fan of British mystery or Welsh mystery or mystery in a different setting, you will enjoy this tale.
~Christa Reads and Writes

I really enjoyed the team of women doing the investigating in this story. Their distinct personalities work well together, as each has her own strengths to bring to the group…
~The Book’s the Thing

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About The Author –

Cathy Ace loves crime! It’s true – she discovered Nancy Drew in her local library, then found Agatha Christie on her Mum’s bookshelves, and she never looked back. Cathy happily admits that the characters she met between the book-covers as a child have influenced her writing. “Nancy Drew was plucky, strong and independent, and Agatha Christie’s puzzles engaged me every time. I love the sort of book that mixes intricate plotting with a dash of danger, and that’s what I’ve tried to create with my Cait Morgan Mystery Series. Beginning my new series, featuring the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency, I have been able to indulge my love of stately homes, village life and the interplay between characters that can take place in that sort of setting.”

Cathy Ace was born and raised in Swansea, South Wales, and worked in marketing communications for decades across Europe. Having migrated to Canada in 2000, she now lives in beautiful British Columbia, where her ever-supportive husband (and two chocolate Labradors) ensure she’s able to write full-time. Bestselling author Ace writes two series of mystery books: the Cait Morgan Mysteries, and the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries. Her fourth Cait Morgan Mystery, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair, won the 2015 Bony Blithe Award for Best Canadian Light Mystery.

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Oct 272016
 

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The Corpse with the Ruby Lips (A Cait Morgan Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Hungary

TouchWood Editions (November 1, 2016)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1771511957
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Quirky criminology professor Cait Morgan is invited to be a guest lecturer at a Budapest university, and although she’s hesitant to go without her husband and trusted sidekick, Bud, who must stay home to care for his aging parents, she decides to make the month-long trip on her own.

Soon after arriving, one of her new students, Zsofia, pleads with Cait to help her uncover any clues about her grandmother’s unsolved murder, which happened decades ago on the campus of Cait’s own home university in Canada. Cait agrees, but when she is repeatedly hassled by an creepy colleague, and as bizarre details about Zsofia’s family members come to light, Cait is beset by uncertainty.

As she gets closer to the truth, Cait’s investigation puts the powers-that-be on high alert, and her instincts tell her she’s in grave danger. Bud races to Budapest to come to Cait’s side, but will it be too late?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another adventure with Cait Morgan and I can’t lie I was nervous about her traveling without her hubby, Bud, at her side. Not that I think a woman needs a man to travel with her, they just work so well together and he centers her. Her photographic memory is a huge advantage to solving any mysteries thrown at her but she needs Bud to bounce ideas off of and when she goes into a little trance to order her thoughts I feel better when he is with her.

In this story she has traveled to Budapest for a month long class at a university. Who knew she would meet people with so many ties to her university back in Canada? One of her students quickly asks her for help in solving her grandmother’s murder that happened years before Cait even started at the college. She discusses it with Bud via Skype and he knew she was going to investigate no matter what he said and told her he would look into the case on his end. Soon Bud is told not to look any further and Cait is threatened as well. But even as she tries to back off she realizes it may be too late and Bud isn’t there to save her this time.

Cathy Ace tells such a great story. This one has so many layers, as we get deeper and deeper into the story the pace and the danger pick up. Soon the pages are flying and I am on the edge of my seat until the very end. This one is a little different from other stories by this author in that it is a cold case and she has no idea who could be the suspects. This is unlike the closed roomed mysteries she has solved before.

In addition to the mystery, we follow Cait as she does a little sightseeing and the descriptions were wonderful. I will never get to Budapest but through Cait’s eyes I enjoyed my little virtual vacation. She also introduces us to the history of the region too and how it affected people, choices they made, and the ways their lives were changed by those choices. Some secrets that were never brought to light before are uncovered.

I have said it before, Cathy Ace has a unique writing style that captures you from page one and doesn’t let go. When you sit down to start reading any of the stories in this series you are going to be there until you reach the end. I recommend all the books in this series. They each can be read on their own but as soon as you read one, you are going to want to read the rest.

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About The Author –

Cathy Ace loves crime! It’s true – she discovered Nancy Drew in her local library, then found Agatha Christie on her Mum’s bookshelves, and she never looked back. Cathy happily admits that the characters she met between the book-covers as a child have influenced her writing. “Nancy Drew was plucky, strong and independent, and Agatha Christie’s puzzles engaged me every time. I love the sort of book that mixes intricate plotting with a dash of danger, and that’s what I’ve tried to create with my Cait Morgan Mystery Series. Beginning my new series, featuring the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency, I have been able to indulge my love of stately homes, village life and the interplay between characters that can take place in that sort of setting.”

Born and raised in Swansea, South Wales, Cathy is, like her heroine Cait Morgan, now a Canadian citizen. “Cait’s Welsh Canadian, as am I. They say ‘write what you know’, so a short, plus-sized Welsh woman, who’s quite bossy, fits the bill! But Cait and I are not one and the same: she’s got skills and talents I don’t possess,and I’m delighted to say that I don’t usually encounter corpses wherever I go! I’ve also chosen to burrow even deeper into my roots by creating a new cast of characters in the WISE women who come from all four corners of the United Kingdom and work in a uniquely British setting – a ducal estate set in the rolling Welsh countryside of the Wye Valley in Powys, where I spent a good deal of time when I was young.”

With a successful career in marketing having given her the chance to write training courses and textbooks, Cathy has now finally turned her attention to her real passion: crime fiction. Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies. Two of her works, “Dear George” and “Domestic Violence”, have also been produced by Jarvis & Ayres Productions as “Afternoon Reading” broadcasts for BBC Radio 4.

Cathy now writes two series of traditional mysteries: The Cait Morgan Mysteries (TouchWood Editions) and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (Severn House Publishers).

Cathy is proud to be Chair of Crime Writers of Canada,  a member of Sisters in Crime, the Crime Writers Association, and Mystery Writers of America.

Praise for The Corpse With The Ruby Lips by Cathy Ace

I love that the Cait Morgan series is based in the area that I live…A pleasure to read. I highly recommend The Corpse with the Ruby Lips.
~MysteriesEtc

The mystery was great and suspenseful… The characters were all very well done and very believable.
~Books, Dreams, Life

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Mar 312016
 

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The Corpse With The Garnet Face
by Cathy Ace

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The Corpse with the Garnet Face
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

7th in Series
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Setting – Amsterdam
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: TouchWood Editions (April 12, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1771511650
ASIN: B019O1BNX8
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Synopsis

The seventh book in the Cait Morgan series, the eccentric Welsh criminologist–sleuth travels to Amsterdam to track down the murderer of her husband’s long-lost uncle.

Cait’s husband, Bud, is just as surprised to find out he has an uncle as he is to find out that Uncle Jonas is now dead. Bud’s mother insists that Uncle Jonas was a bad child—a disposition made apparent, she believes, by the large purple birthmark covering most of his face. But in a letter he left for Bud, Uncle Jonas insists that he was driven away by hatred, and entreats his nephew to clear his name.

With an old iron key as their only clue, Cait and Bud travel to Amsterdam to solve the cryptic message left by Jonas, and honor the dying wish of a long-lost relative.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was a little bit different than the previous stories in this series. Bud and Cait do not go to Amsterdam in search of a murderer. They go there because of a letter Bud receives from his uncle, a man he never even knew existed. While there he wants to find out about the man so he can tell his mother about the brother that she hasn’t seen or heard from in years. Uncle Jonas has laid out a complex journey that takes Cait and Bud about the town and countryside meeting his “friends”. Cait’s curiosity is peaked early on, she believes there is much more to Jonas’ story and she starts to think the man may have murdered. Bud thinks her imagination is running away with her after solving so many murder cases.

Uncle Jonas’ complex requests mean the Cathy Ace has written a complex mystery in a way that only she can. While the entire area in and around Amsterdam is the setting for this story, the suspects become limited to a certain group of people setting up a variation of the locked room mystery that this author does so well. I will admit I was a good way into the book before I realized murder had not really been mentioned. I was so caught up in all the places Bud and Cait were going, the people they were meeting and the unique house where Jonas lived, that when foul play started to be discussed I was thinking like Bud. Cait, using her photographic memory realized things both Bud and I had missed. With just a little more investigating more was revealed. When she confronted the group with her findings the complex became crystal clear.

Cathy Ace has a unique writing style. and the characters she creates have depth. Uncle Jonas had a large birthmark on his face. I grew up knowing someone that had a similar birthmark. While Bud’s mother thought this made Jonas “bad”, we do know our outside appearance can affect us in immeasurable ways. The man I knew personally wasn’t a “bad” man, but he grew up with a great group of friends that could see beyond the mark on his face. Jonas wasn’t fortunate to have the same. Starting with his father and on through life, people could not look at him, shied away, and even thought him to be “bad”. The basic question of nature vs. nurture plays out in this story.  Jonas was a very interesting man with a great talent.

This author always takes us on an adventure. She always make us think. She always brings the setting to life. For those reasons this is one of my favorite series.

perfect 2016

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2cathyAbout The Author

Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. Her series has found her criminal psychologist, foodie sleuth stumbling upon Corpses with a Silver Tongue , a Golden Nose, an Emerald ThumbPlatinum HairSapphire EyesDiamond Hand and, now Garnet Face, a during her globetrotting. The winner of The Bony Blithe Award for Best Light Mystery in 2015, when not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

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Mar 252016
 

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
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The Corpse with the Diamond Hand
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)
6th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Hawaii – Cruise Ship
Touchwood Editions (October 13, 2015)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1771511445
E-Book – ASIN: B012EHNWB0
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Cait and Bud have set sail on a romantic and worry-free Hawaiian honeymoon cruise, but when a man drops dead at their card table, Cait can’t help but lend her expertise. The sudden death appears to have been from natural causes, but Cait suspects something sinister, and with only two days left at sea—and thousands of possible suspects—she and Bud join the head of security in an investigation. However, the unique circumstances of an at-sea investigation mean their involvement cannot be official, and Cait must lean on her charm to conduct her own covert interviews.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cait and Bud finally are off on their honeymoon. A romantic cruise from Hawaii to Canada. They even get to visits the Hawaiian Islands. A trip I would love to take. As they are enjoying some time in the ship’s game room one of the ship’s staff goes into convulsions and dies. Most think natural causes, but Cait thinks murder. Before the ship docks in Canada she has to prove it. So she and Bud inform the ship’s head of security of the backgrounds and qualifications. He decides begrudgingly to let them assist in his investigation.

Cathy Ace gives us another great mystery where Cait tunes in her Eidetic memory to help solve the case. This is basically a closed room mystery and Cathy Ace writes this style brilliantly. Cait and Bud are the perfect team. They play to each other strengths and are very friendly and non-threatening in their way of interviewing suspects. In fact most of the suspects thought they were just talking about the death with another couple that was in the room when it occured. I love the way it played out.

Cathy Ace brings us right aboard that cruise ship to travel with Cait and Bud. I just feel bad their romantic getaway was ruined. The spent their last days chasing down clues instead of relaxing. The were able to see a few sunsets and visit their favorite bar on the ship often but most of the time the investigation was all they had on their minds.

As all the novels in this series, I read it all in one evening. They are hard to put down.

While part of a series this book can definitely be read as a stand alone, but I bet you will want to read them all.

 perfect 2016

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About This Author

Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. In The Corpse with the Silver Tongue her foodie criminologist sleuthed in the south of France. The Corpse with the Golden Nose found Cait sniffing out a killer in BC’s vineyards. The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb met her when she was meddling in murders in Mexico. This time Cait is caught up in a true closed-room mystery in a classy casino restaurant in Las Vegas. When not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

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Twitter: @AceCathy

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Oct 242015
 

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(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

5th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Wales
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: TouchWood Editions (May 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1771511209
E-Book ASIN: B00S5HU4ME
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It’s Cait and Bud’s wedding weekend and for the first time she feels like a bride—or at least, she’s supposed to. But then the rain won’t quit, the supposedly romantic Welsh castle feels creepy, and there’s a dead body on the stairs.

What first appears to have been the untimely, unfortunate, and accidental death of their wedding choirmaster quickly reveals itself to have been a murder. And when a series of mysterious events occur around the castle, Cait, Bud, and Cait’s sister Sian tackle the case of The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes, attempting to solve the mystery before another sinister event can ruin their destination wedding.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cathy Ace has a gift for these type of mysteries. The kind where you know someone in the building with you is a murderer. This time we are in a castle in Wales as Cait and Bud get ready for their wedding. The weather is awful and a bridge washes out meaning they and everyone else staying at the castle is stranded there. Cait’s sister, Sian, has flown in from Australia and Bud has plans for a special choir performance. Cait can deal with the weather but not another dead body. When she learns the choirmaster took a tumble down the stairs and broke his neck she knows she can relax because it was an accident the local authorities will take care of. But the bridge is out and the police could not respond and Cait finds herself questioning if the death may have been a murder. She and Bud decide to start an investigation of their own. Hopefully they will have things wrapped up quickly so they can get married as they had planned.

Castell Llwyd is quite a place and its inhabitants are quite the quirky bunch. Matriarch Alice Cadwallader owns the castle. At 92 years of age she is set in her ways and stubborn as a mule. She travels around the place at a pretty brisk clip in her wheelchair. Mrs. Jones is the cook and generally runs the house. Alice’s son. Owain and his daughter, Mair, her grandson, Idris and his wife Eirwen, all reside at the castle. Rhian Davies in the event planner for Castell Llwyd and her husband the choirmaster reside there as well. The choirmaster’s assistant and Alice’s nurse round out the band of suspects. Readers follow Bud and Cait on their investigation where the ruffle a few feathers and Cait uses her eidetic memory to try to put this puzzler of a mystery to rest.

I love going on these adventures with Cait and Bud. Wales sounds beautiful if you can look beyond the rainy weather. The castle is quite delightful with it’s up and down stairs to several floors and wings. You just know a place like this holds many secrets and so much history.

I know right away when I start reading one of these stories from Cathy Ace I will not be able to put them down and that was sure the case with The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes. I like that my Kindle keeps track of my reading speed because I could see it increasing with each new page. The story builds and builds to a very surprising climax.

If you like you cozies on the traditional side like the great Agatha Christie, you will like this entire series!

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Dollycas

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About This Author

Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. In The Corpse with the Silver Tongue her foodie criminologist sleuthed in the south of France. The Corpse with the Golden Nose found Cait sniffing out a killer in BC’s vineyards. The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb met her when she was meddling in murders in Mexico. This time Cait is caught up in a true closed-room mystery in a classy casino restaurant in Las Vegas. When not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

Author Links:

Website 

Facebook

Twitter: @AceCathy

GoodReads 

And Coming in April 2016

Also by Cathy Ace

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Oct 172015
 
This is a series I have vowed to get caught up on.
Watch for my reviews of The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes and The Corpse with the Diamond Hand very soon!

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The Corpse With The Diamond Hand
By Cathy Ace

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(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

Series: A Cait Morgan Mystery (Book 6)
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: TouchWood Editions (October 13, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1771511445
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Synopsis:
Professor Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson have finally said ‘I do’. To celebrate, they set sail on a romantic Hawaiian honeymoon cruise and, for nearly two weeks, the mystery solving newlyweds are worry-free. But then a man drops dead in the games room right in front of them and Cait and Bud can’t help but lend their expertise.

To the others in the games room, the sudden death of Tommy Trussler—the ship’s onboard card-game tutor—appears to have been from natural causes. But the professor suspects something much more sinister. With only two days left at sea—and thousands of possible suspects—the head of security is eager to solve the case and invites Cait and Bud to aid in the investigation. But the unique circumstances of an at-sea investigation mean their involvement cannot be official, and Cait must lean on her charm to conduct her own covert interviews.

Complete with laugh-out-loud moments and mouth-watering descriptions of the ship’s cuisine, the case of the The Corpse with the Diamond Hand will once again have you marvelling at Cait’s cleverness as she brings another murderer to justice.

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About The Author –

Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. Her series has found her criminal psychologist, foodie sleuth stumbling upon Corpses with a Silver Tongue, a Golden Nose, an Emerald Thumb, Platinum Hair, Sapphire Eyes and, now, a Diamond Hand during her globetrotting. The winner of The Bony Blithe Award for Best Light Mystery in 2015, when not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

Author Links:

Website  Facebook  Twitter: @AceCathy   GoodReads 

And Coming in April 2016

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October 18 – MysteriesEtc – Review
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Aug 282015
 

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I found some extra reading time on Sunday so I quickly decided this is a series I need to catch up on. Perfect for August’s spot on my Just for Fun Challenge.

CorpsePlatinumHair_cvr_cat-1The Corpse with the Platinum Hair
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

4th in Series
Classic Mystery
Setting – Nevada
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: TouchWood Editions (October 14, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1771510875
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Welsh Canadian foodie and criminologist Cait Morgan takes off on a short break to the fabulous Tsar! Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas with her significant other, retired cop Bud Anderson. But before they can start celebrating Bud’s birthday in style at the casino owners’ exclusive private dining room, the death of Miss Shirley — a woman with a colorful background and the acknowledged Queen of the Strip — results in a security lockdown. Cait, Bud, a corpse, and ten possible murderers are trapped in the luxurious restaurant for twelve deadly hours. The bodies pile up, the tension mounts, the list of suspects dwindles — and Cait knows she has to work out who within the group is an audacious killer because there’s no telling who might be next to die.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cathy Ace has given us a fabulous closed room mystery in our 4th episode with Cait and Bud. Trapped in a dining room high above the Las Vegas Strip with a body and a roomful of suspects. Cait and Bud can only trust each other and the body count keeps rising.

I love the way Cait uses her special talents to figure out the killer just in the nick of time. Eccentric characters from an opera singer to a sous chef, which one skewered the  Queen of the Strip?

Awesome story and a very fast read.

I enjoyed it immensely and need to read The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes soon because The Corpse with the Diamond Hand comes out October 13.

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May 112015
 

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The Corpse With The Sapphire Eyes
by Cathy Ace

So happy to be part of this tour!!

SAPPHIREThe Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: TouchWood Editions (May 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1771511209
E-Book ASIN: B00S5HU4ME
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It’s Cait and Bud’s wedding weekend and for the first time she feels like a bride—or at least, she’s supposed to. But then the rain won’t quit, the supposedly romantic Welsh castle feels creepy, and there’s a dead body on the stairs.

What first appears to have been the untimely, unfortunate, and accidental death of their wedding choirmaster quickly reveals itself to have been a murder. And when a series of mysterious events occur around the castle, Cait, Bud, and Cait’s sister Sian tackle the case of The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes, attempting to solve the mystery before another sinister event can ruin their destination wedding.

author interview

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My interview with Cathy Ace

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a short, slightly-older-than-middle-aged (unless I last long enough to set a record!) overindulgent Welsh Canadian whose lifelong passion for crime fiction has finally invaded her “real” life. Born and raised in Swansea, South Wales, I migrated to Vancouver, Canada in 2000.

2. What are three things most people don’t know about you?

I have eaten and drunk everything my character Cait Morgan has eaten and drunk (by way of research, of course).

I have either lived in, or have spent a good deal of time (usually months) in all the places Cait takes in on her travels.

I suspect I love my two chocolate Labradors more than most people!
3. What is the first book you remember reading?

My parents always made a point of reading to me, then with me, at bedtime. The first book I can remember as being one I read more or less on my own was “Little John Little”, I think! Or maybe “Paddington Bear”?

4. What are you reading now?

I find it impossible to read fiction when I’m writing, so I am honestly reading nothing except research materials. My WIP is a Cait Morgan Mystery that will be set in Amsterdam…so lots of stuff about Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Impressionist painters, tulips, and I shouldn’t say more than that for now!

5. What made you decide you want to write?

I’ve always written. Yes, I started with “cat”, loved to write at school, studied English at University for a while – until I swapped to psychology – then was fortunate enough to work in marketing communications, so really made my living by writing…advertising copy, press releases, articles, brochures, websites etc, then I wrote training courses and finally marketing textbooks and university courses. I’ve made my living by writing for decades, but only turned to crime fiction later in life. The success I experienced with my first criminal short story spurred me on to write more.

6. Do you have a special place you like to write?
I used to only write in my study, but just wrote my last book at the dining table (better light during winter days), wrote one on the back deck (longhand, in the sun) and I am beginning to eye up the sofa and coffee table for my next effort but suspect my bad back might rule that out! I find I stick to one spot for the whole of one book – it works for me.

7. Where do the ideas for your books come from?

It’s a combination of setting, people and the nature of the victim’s backstory…they always seem to arrive with those attached. The title often comes first, rapidly followed by an understanding of how the victim was killed, why, and by whom.

8. What books have most inspired you?

I read Agatha Christie’s works when I was very young, as well as books by Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L Sayers and I waded through all the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels before I’d ever seen them on the screen. That said, it might have been the snacks enjoyed by Enid Blyton’s “Famous Five” and “Secret Seven” that really made me believe that every adventure was worth the risk, if only for the goodies you got to eat along the way!

9. Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Sitting down and writing. I kid you not – if I could just waft about the garden weeding and plotting all the time, life would be perfect…it’s the hours at the keyboard with an ever-encroaching deadline that are the challenge. Not getting up and walking away when I’m frustrated at the paucity of my own efforts is the toughest bit of it all…it’s still much more fun than packing “Monster Munches” on the night-shift production line, however, which was an especially painful job because I was allergic to the flavouring they used.

10. What do you think makes a good story?

People. People I want to know about. Love them or hate them, I have to want to understand them better, or I just cannot read on.

11. Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

It has to be Cait Morgan. My build, my age (well, she’s younger than me now, but that’s because I cannot write as fast as she encounters corpses), my weaknesses, my background. But I have endowed her with many characteristics that – in my own defense – I do not possess!

12. Why did you pick your particular genre?

I’ve always enjoyed mysteries, especially puzzle-style crime stories with a traditional bent. I write the sort of book I’d pull from the shelf to read.
13. What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

I made a bit of a rod for my own back by having the titular “Corpse with the Silver Tongue” drop dead in the first paragraph of my first book – since then, the titular corpse has always been presented within the first couple of pages. Most authors don’t slap readers in the face with the body that quickly in every book, but I like to approach the mystery that way and it’s sort of become “my thing”. Cait Morgan is a professor of criminal psychology who specializes in profiling victims, so working with Cait to build a picture of the dead person is always the shape of the journey, even though the destination isn’t always clear.

14. What’s next on the horizon for you?

After the May 5th launch of Cait Morgan’s fifth Mystery, The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes, I’ll be looking ahead with great excitement to the launch of the first book in a totally new series. I’ll be introducing the Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency to the world when “The Case of the Dotty Dowager” launches in the US and Canada on 1st July. Already out in the UK, this is a series featuring four female private investigators (one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English, hence the acronym) and they’ll be working on quintessentially British cases from a base at a Welsh stately home. In October, Cait Morgan’s sixth Mystery finds her on a cruise ship sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver with “The Corpse with the Diamond Hand”, and I’m working on two more Cait Morgan Mysteries for publication in 2016. I should also mention that Cait’s fourth mystery, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair”, has just been shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award for the best Canadian light mystery of the year; the winner will be announced in Toronto on May 29th. It’s a great honour, and I am thrilled to bits!

Thanks so much for having me here today – happy reading.

Thank you so much Cathy for stopping by today!! Readers watch for my review of The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes soon as I am still playing catch up from when I was away.

About This Author

Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. In The Corpse with the Silver Tongue her foodie criminologist sleuthed in the south of France. The Corpse with the Golden Nose found Cait sniffing out a killer in BC’s vineyards. The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb met her when she was meddling in murders in Mexico. This time Cait is caught up in a true closed-room mystery in a classy casino restaurant in Las Vegas. When not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.

 

Author Links:

Website: www.cathyace.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cathy-Ace-Author/318388861616661

Twitter: @AceCathy

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3913679.Cathy_Ace

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Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Aug 232014
 

just for fun 2014This is a challenge to help us get some of those books on out To-Be Read stacks read without the pressure of a review (unless we want to) or meeting any other challenge. These books are read totally Just For Fun.  I have given just a brief review because I read the book JUST FOR FUN!!

I needed this challenge so bad this month. So many books are screaming from my shelves and this one has been on the top of my Kindle List for too long. It kept getting passed over for review deadlines. Last Sunday I decided it was a “ME” day and I was going to read what I wanted to read, review reading could let me let me have this one day!!!

THE CORPSE WITH THE EMERALD THUMB jpegThe Corpse with the Emerald Thumb
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: TouchWood Editions (April 22, 2014)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1771510639
E-Book File Size: 797 KB
ASIN: B00HUBWC5S
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A dream vacation at a Mexican beach resort swiftly dissolves into a nightmare for criminologist and foodie Cait Morgan when her significant other, Bud Anderson, is wrongly arrested for the murder of the local florist, a gifted plantswoman.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Again Cathy Ace channels Agatha Christie to bring us another fantastic mystery.

In this 3rd Cait Morgan Mystery, Bud and Cate head to Mexico for a vacation to take their relationship to the next level. A simple trip for some snacks lands Bud in jail accused for murder before they even unpack their bags. Cait is in a place where she doesn’t know a soul. Not knowing who she can trust Cait has to keep her relationship with Bud a secret, and she soon discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide. Worried about Bud she follows where the clues lead putting herself in danger. She knows time is not her friend as the Federales can show up at any minute to take Bud away. It is up to her to save him and herself too!!

Cait and Bud make a great team but this time Cait shows she can solve a mystery on her own, well almost. Her eidetic memory and wakeful dreaming technique are her best resources even if she doesn’t understand how all the parts of the puzzle fit together at first.

I love following the clues along with Cait but never figure it out who the killer is until she gathers all the suspects for her big reveal. Then everything makes perfect sense.  That in addition to the fleshed out characters make these stories so much fun to read.

The location was a small tourist town in Mexico and I really enjoy learning about how tequila is made and the different versions. All I knew before this story was tequila was the main ingredient in my margaritas 🙂

I have enjoyed all 3 books in this series. The Corpse with the Platinum Hair is coming out soon, I can’t wait.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


Cathy Ace’s The Corpse with the Platinum Hair (A Cait Morgan Mystery) Great Escapes Book Tour starts September 1.

Jul 302013
 

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I am so excited to have Cait Morgan here today!!!!

Welcome Cait!!

Hi Everyone!

“Stay-cationing might be safer . . .”

1558_579007495448807_868734793_n       Let me be clear—I enjoy my work as a professor of criminal psychology, specializing in victimology, at the University of Vancouver. Of course, some aspects are more pleasing than others, but that’s the same for any career. My favorite part of the job is when I get to focus on my research, some of the teaching—and even some of the students—can be rewarding too, but I detest grading papers and attending meetings. So, yes, a break from those aspects is always welcome.

                Nowadays, I say that more cautiously than I used to, because the last few times I’ve managed to get a break from my normal life of academia, interspersed with the odd bit of consulting for the police forces in BC, I seem to have wound up with an all-too-real crime to solve. So, when I use the term “break”, it’s not altogether accurate when applied to the “criminal” aspects of my job.

                For example, when I attended a birthday party for an old friend from my schooldays in Wales, whom I hadn’t seen in donkey’s years, things didn’t go exactly as planned . . . I ended up snowed into a hunting lodge with a corpse and a house full of suspects. I went to another birthday party when I was in the south of France, where I’d been sent to stand in for a colleague who was unable to deliver a research paper to an international symposium of criminologists, and my host did a face-plant into the escargots before we’d even finished our main course. Then there was the trip to BC’s wine country for what I thought would be a delightful foodie weekend, which ended up being deadly in more ways than one. There was no birthday party that time, so clearly that’s not the common denominator. No, as soon as I leave home, the corpses accumulate. So, maybe, it’s best if I take “stay-cations” in future.

                I can see why staying at home, but acting as though you’re at some swanky resort, is gaining in popularity: often we don’t visit the attractions that surround us in the way that visitors do. In fact, when I lived in London, working at an advertising agency in Soho, I only visited places like Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, the London Wall Museum and Madame Tussauds when people were staying with me from out of town. Vancouver and the Lower Mainland—as the area around the city is known, and where I live now—has some great places to visit, as does the rest of British Columbia . . . most of which I haven’t even seen yet. Well, I’ve only been here a decade or so, and I haven’t had many people come to stay, so it’s no wonder I haven’t explored my own Province very much!

         Two trips to Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley, BC, have both led me to dead bodies . . . so maybe I should stay closer to home. Granville Island, which is cheek by jowl with downtown Vancouver, has its own brewery, and a great market where you can buy pretty much any sort of food, including mozzarella made from real buffalo milk, fresh wild Pacific salmon, the most indulgent range of nuts coated in everything from chilli salt to lemon and cane sugar, and the most beautifully presented vegetables you’ll see anywhere in the world. There’s even a traditional French bakery, and an excellent liquor store that specializes in wines from BC. Maybe next weekend I’ll treat myself to a “stay-cation” at Granville Island. And, maybe, it’ll be close enough to home to allow me to NOT find myself up to my neck in sleuthing. We’ll see . . .

~Cait

1558_579007495448807_868734793_nBook Details:
The Corpse with the Golden Nose
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

2nd in Series
Genre: Traditional/Cozy Mystery
Published by: Touchwood Editions
Release Date: (March 12, 2013)
Paperback: 233 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1927129883
E-Book File Size: 536 KB
ASIN: B00AY5G29O
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We met Cait and Bud in the first book in this series, The Corpse With The Silver Tongue. This installment has them attending an exclusive gourmet event in British Columbia’s stunning wine country and investigating the death of a world-famous vintner.

Was she murdered or did she really commit suicide? Bud thinks she took her own life but Cait is not so sure. As Cait uses her special talents to piece things together she is led down a very surprising and dangerous path.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Cathy Ace’s stories really have that Agatha Christie feel. Her protagonist  collects information, follows clues, is lead astray and then all the pieces fall into place. She then brings all the suspects together and slowly reveals the truth and the killer.

I really loved the setting of this story and the wine making and tasting tidbits were very interesting. I especially enjoyed learning about the caves that were used for storage back in time and still used today. 

Again she has given us a wonderful supporting cast, mostly suspects, each with their own set of eccentricities. The Moveable Feast  was a great way to meet them all. 

Bud, the retired cop and criminologist Cait make a terrific team! Ace has blended them together with a fine mystery and some fine wine for a superior story. 

I am anxious to see where Cait’s adventures will take us next!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

2cathyAbout Cathy Ace

Welsh Canadian mystery author Cathy Ace is the creator of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, which include The Corpse with the Silver Tongue and The Corpse with the Golden Nose. Born, raised, and educated in Wales, Cathy enjoyed a successful career in marketing and training across Europe, before immigrating to Vancouver, Canada, where she taught on MBA and undergraduate marketing programs at various universities. Her eclectic tastes in art, music, food, and drink have been developed during her decades of extensive travel, which she continues whenever possible. Now a full-time author, Cathy’s short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies, as well as on BBC Radio 4. She and her husband are keen gardeners, who enjoy being helped out around their acreage by their green-pawed Labradors.

Links
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GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3913679.Cathy_Ace

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The Corpse with the Silver Tongue (Cait Morgan Mysteries)

Book 1 of this series

Cathy’s tour has been fabulous! I am honored she asked me to coordinate it!!

There are still 3 stops left!!

July 31 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading  – Review & Interview
August 1 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard  – Interview
August 2 – Socrates’ Book Review Blog  – Review

Thanks Cathy!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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