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The Corpse with the Crystal Skull (The Cait Morgan Mysteries) by Cathy Ace #Review – Great Escapes Book Tour

The Corpse with the Crystal Skull (The Cait Morgan Mysteries)
by Cathy Ace

 

About The Corpse With The Crystal Skull


The Corpse with the Crystal Skull (The Cait Morgan Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting – Jamaica
Publisher: Four Tails Publishing Ltd. (June 29, 2020)
Print Length: ~300 pages
Digital ASIN: B086FVBTTN

Welsh Canadian globetrotting sleuth, and professor of criminal psychology, Cait Morgan, is supposed to be “celebrating” her fiftieth birthday in Jamaica with her ex-cop husband Bud Anderson. But when the body of the luxury estate’s owner is discovered locked inside an inaccessible tower, Cait and her fellow guests must work out who might have killed him – even if his murder seems impossible. Could the death of the man who hosted parties in the 1960s attended by Ian Fleming and Noël Coward be somehow linked to treasure the legendary Captain Henry Morgan might have buried at the estate? Or to the mission Bud and his secret service colleagues have been sent to the island to undertake?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A locked room, a dead host, and a crystal skull . . . who knew turning 50 in Jamaica could bring so much drama. Then again drama does follow Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson everywhere they go. Bud inviting his friends Jack and John with their significant others has Cait thinking there is something else going on besides their holiday and celebration. In fact, they could be suspects in the murder of dear Freddie.


After nine stories in this series, you would think I would know Cait Morgan very well but the author continues to find ways to keep her fresh. A professor of criminal psychology, excellent amateur sleuth with a very analytical way of looking at clues and forming theories. My absolute favorite part of the story is near the end when Cait uses her eidetic memory to untangle all her observations and puts them in order and explains what happened and whodunit.

The supporting characters are complex, all dealing with real-life issues. This really adds to the story and gives the characters more depth than expected in one book of a long-running series.

Again, Ms. Ace has written a complicated mystery, so much so that Cait has trouble eliminating suspects especially living in such close quarters with people who all seem to be hiding something. She knows Bud didn’t kill Freddie but she knows he is keeping something from her.  Twists and turns galore set this mystery on a new course more than once keeping the characters and this reader on their toes.

I loved the descriptions of former Lieutenant Sir Henry Morgan’s estate. It is an extraordinary place with quite a history and a perfect place to set a murder mystery. It is very private, not your typical Jamaican beach locale. Full of treasures like the crystal skull, who knows what is truly hidden in this idyllic place. Because of the privacy the guests don’t run into other tourists and we know a pretty penny was paid for this amazing vacay.

The Corpse with the Crystal Skull was a Perfect Escape for me. I had to force myself to put the book down to go to sleep. Each book in this series can be read on its own but to really get to know Cait and Bud and all their adventures I recommend starting at the beginning.

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PRAISE FOR THE CAIT MORGAN MYSTERIES

“…touches of Christie or Marsh but with a bouquet of Kinsey Millhone.” —The Globe and Mail

 

“A sparkling, well-plotted, and quite devious mystery…” —The Hamilton Spectator

 

“…a sympathetic amateur detective, a locked-room mystery, a small cast of colourful suspects, loving descriptions of food and drink, and a few red herrings thrown our way…with a nod to a fresh literary or filmic artifice in each novel in the series…” – Crime Fiction Lover

 

About Cathy Ace 

Born and raised in Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring her Welsh Canadian criminology professor sleuth who travels the world tripping over corpses, and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring a quartet of female PIs, working from a Welsh stately home. Both series are traditional, entertaining, and have been well reviewed.

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#Review / #Giveaway – The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace – Great Escapes Book Tour @AceCathy 

The Wrong Boy
by Cathy Ace

 

About the Book

The Wrong Boy
Suspense/Thriller
Setting – Wales
Four Tails Publishing Ltd. (January 9, 2019)
Print Length: 307 pages
ASIN: B07KRNGV3R

Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon’s Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he’s just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Rhosddraig, a peaceful village in Wales, is home of The Dragon’s Head, a pub owned by a very demanding and opinionated woman, Myfanwy ‘Nan’ Jones, and managed by her daughter, Helen. Her granddaughter Sadie also works there. The pub becomes the center of attention when human remains are found nearby. The case brings DI Evan Glover to investigate but he finds there will be no way to solve the case before his retirement in just two days and has to turn the case over to his partner DS Liz Stanley and other officers. But he just can’t let it go and soon both he and his wife become entangled in the case as they seem to go down one rabbit hole after another trying to find out the real story.

First I have to say, I am always delighted by the places this author takes us too. I will never travel to Wales, but she creates such vivid imagery with her words that the places come alive and can be viewed so clearly in my mind. She put her readers right there in the moment and I love that about her writing.

This story builds slowly in a journal-like tale told from several points of few. The characters are introduced as we read their accounts of each day but we quickly see these are multilayered people, with pasts and secrets. All their lives interconnect as the story moves forward and layer after layer of their lives and inner beings are peeled away. It seems each day a different perspective took hold and completely changed my mind about where the story was headed.

Cathy Ace is a pro, she knows how to draw the reader in and keep their attention. While I didn’t feel a lot of thrilling suspense through the entire story, the psychological aspects were there the whole way.  A terribly flawed individual’s words and actions had a very strong impact on several characters. The day by day observations were quite unreliable, showing so much dysfunction. Everyone saw things to the betterment of themselves and the truth was buried so deep I wondered if we would ever get there.

This terrifically written story leads up to an ending that was absolutely chilling and turned anything I had been thinking totally inside out. Part police procedural and part family drama, the book sets readers on a very unique journey. Tragic, eerie, and dark, the only light brought by two distinct characters. The Wrong Boy was different from anything I have read of late and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a psychological mind twister.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring her Welsh Canadian criminology professor sleuth who travels the world tripping over corpses, and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring a quartet of female PIs, working from a Welsh stately home. Both series are traditional, entertaining, and have been well reviewed.

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Praise for The Wrong Boy
by Cathy Ace

The characters are very well-written and believable, and the mystery will keep you intrigued as the suspense builds throughout the story.
~The Book’s the Thing

I still get shivers down my spine when I remember the ending. The identity of the perp is shocking and bone-chilling!
~The Book Decoder

THE WRONG BOY is an excellent psychological suspense thriller, set in a stunning location with eons of history, ingrown characters, and a background on which play out the “normal” human emotions and motives, and quite a few not so “normal.”
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

Spanning a realistic timeline and told in multiple yet seamless perspectives, this is a slow-burning and deeply twisted mystery that packs a powerful punch.
~That’s What She’s Reading

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#Spotlight – Murder Knows No Season: 4 novellas featuring Cait Morgan, the WISE Women & DI Glover by Cathy Ace

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Murder Knows No Season: 4 novellas featuring Cait Morgan, the WISE Women & DI Glover
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Women Sleuths
Four Tails Publishing Ltd (November 17, 2018)
Paperback: 273 pages
ISBN-10: 1775175448
ISBN-13: 978-1775175445
Kindle ASIN: B07KNFWKYM (455 Pages)

FOUR DELICIOUSLY DIFFERENT SHORT NOVELS, ONE FOR EACH SEASON OF THE YEAR

WINTER: The Corpse with Eight Faces – A Cait Morgan Mystery
Trapped in a snowbound lodge in the Canadian countryside, Cait is faced with a corpse, and a group of eight suspects. A classic closed-circle mystery featuring Cait Morgan.

SPRING: The Case of the Desperate Duchess – A WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery
Lady Jacintha Wraysbury calls in the WISE Enquiries Agency to hunt for a missing girl. Join the private investigators as they scour West London for a florist who’s in more danger than any of them imagine.

SUMMER: Out and About in a Boat – A standalone thriller
Meet an average Canadian family. Dad Dave takes his son and daughter for a weekend at a local lake. What could go wrong in just thirty hours? When there’s a dead body involved, quite a lot.

AUTUMN: The Fall – A DI Evan Glover Case
When a Welsh rugby legend’s body is found at the bottom of a cliff, the question ‘Did he jump, or was he pushed?’ is one of national significance. Sadly, DI Evan Glover’s inquiries reveal his hero might not have been the man he thought he was.

About The Author

Born and raised in Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, featuring her Welsh Canadian criminology professor sleuth who travels the world tripping over corpses, and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, featuring a quartet of female PIs, working from a Welsh stately home. Both series are traditional, entertaining, and have been well reviewed.

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#Spotlight – #Giveaway – THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER By Cathy Ace – Great Escapes Book Tour

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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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#Review / #Giveaway – The Corpse With The Ruby Lips by Cathy Ace – Great Escapes Book Tour

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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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Review/ #Giveaway – The Corpse With The Garnet Face by Cathy Ace – Great Escapes Book Tour

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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.

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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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Flashback Friday – Review – The Corpse with the Diamond Hand by Cathy Ace

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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.
Another one from my Kindle.

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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

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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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.”

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Review – The Corpse With The Sapphire Eyes by Cathy Ace

SAPPHIREThe Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes
(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!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

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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.”

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Spotlight/Giveaway – The Corpse With The Diamond Hand By Cathy Ace Great Escapes Book Tour

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

CORPSE DIAMOND COVERThe Corpse with the Diamond Hand
(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.

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Website  Facebook  Twitter: @AceCathy   GoodReads 

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Just For Fun Challenge – August 2015 – The Corpse with the Platinum Hair by Cathy Ace

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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.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Find out about Cathy Ace and her books on her webpage here.