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review 2017-08-22 19:09
One Sentence Review – The Corpse With The Garnet Face by Cathy Ace @AceCathy
The Corpse with the Garnet Face (A Cait Morgan Mystery) - Cathy Ace

The Corpse With The Garnet Face by Cathy Ace is just right for the summer season.

A little mystery on the beach or while traveling is a good thing.


The Corpse with the Garnet Face (Cait Morgan #7)


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The Corpse with the Garnet Face by Cathy Ace is written along the lines of Agatha Christie, and has Cait, Bud and other quirky characters with long buried secrets searching for answers in this fun cozy, with lots of suspects to muddy the waters and keep the mystery alive.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  3 Stars




The seventh book in the Cait Morgan series finds the eccentric Welsh criminologist–sleuth accompanying her husband Bud to Amsterdam to try to unravel a puzzling situation.


To Bud’s surprise, he discovers he has a long-lost uncle, Jonas, who’s met an untimely death. Bud’s mother assures him Jonas was a bad child, but, from beyond the grave, Uncle Jonas begs his nephew to visit the city he adopted as his home to delve into the life he built for himself there, founded on his passion for art.


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


My review for The Corpse with the Diamond Hand


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review 2016-10-10 14:08
The Corpse with the Garnet Face
The Corpse with the Garnet Face (A Cait Morgan Mystery) - Cathy Ace

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Cait Morgan is a psychologist who specializes in victim profiling. Newly married to retired cop, Bud, they are surprised one day when Bud's mother calls to say her long-lost brother, Jonas, has died. His final message to Bud was to ask him to come to Amsterdam and fulfill his final wishes; to distribute some painting to a few surviving friends. When they arrive, Cait and Bud find things aren't what they seem, and it's up to them to unravel the secrets Jonas has hidden for decades.

This is the first book I've read in this series, and now I'm going to go back and read the others! It's been on my To-Be-Read list for months and if I'd known how good it was, I'd have gotten to it sooner! This can easily be read as a standalone, references to prior books were few and didn't distract from the story. I really enjoyed the writing style; the plot unwound steadily as the book progressed, with just enough suspense to keep me turning pages, yet relaxed enough that I felt like I was in Amsterdam soaking up the sights right along with Cait and Bud. While I figured out the "why" pretty early on, it was no less enjoyable and the conclusion was excellent. You know how on Murder, She Wrote, Jessica would take you through, step by step, the whole rotten plot right to the end? That's how this one was done. It was a great way to end the book.

The locale was a big draw, the old world city of Amsterdam with its art museums and bicycles and cafes and I really liked the description of Jonas's house, one of those tall, skinny buildings skirting the canal, complete with a pulley on top to move furniture in and out. I would've loved to see those steep, narrow staircases and that beautiful studio on the top floor.

The characters really make the book. Cait is smart and astute; with a photographic memory and a knack for reading people, she was the first to realize something was a bit off after arriving in Amsterdam. Jonas sounded like an interesting character, it's a shame he wasn't in the story. I really liked the solution of who was in the photos that Jonas had in his bedside table. What a great, memorable plot thread. I'll remember that one for a long time.

Overall, an excellent cozy mystery with a riveting plot, great characters and a beautiful locale, and I definitely recommend it for cozy mystery readers.

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review 2016-05-05 15:52
The Corpse with the Garnet Face, Cathy Ace
The Corpse with the Garnet Face (A Cait Morgan Mystery) - Cathy Ace

I received this book for free through Lori Casswell, in return for a honest review. I enjoyed this mystery as they walked their way through a large community of tourists and locals. I liked that the author gave little clues as to who was doing what but left more questions as she did so. As I finished this early this morning, I saw many things being wrapped up and questions answered. Very interesting details of the area helped keep this moving along nicely. I've given this a 4.5* rating.

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review 2015-10-17 15:07
Giveaway & Review: The Corpse with the Diamond Hand @AceCathy
The Corpse with the Diamond Hand (A Cait Morgan Mystery) - Cathy Ace

Welcome to my stop for the Corpse with the Diamond Hand by Cathy Ace.


Just looking at the cover made me want to book a cruise.


How about you? Have you ever been on a cruise?



The 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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The Corpse with the Diamond Hand by Cathy Ace had so many elements that appealed to me, I had to have it and share it. I have cruised and I have been to Hawaii and loved them both, but I never crossed a dead body before.


Cait Morgan is a professor of criminal psychology and her husband, Bud, is a retired law enforcement officer. They have recently married and are on a cruise for their honeymoon, when Tommy Trussler collapses and dies while playing cards. They both know dead bodies and this was no natural death.


Cait has an eidetic memory and it comes in very handy as they are called upon to help solve the mystery. I love that she watches Hawaiii Five O. We both have watched the old and the new. And I love that Cait “doesn’t play well with others”. Neither do I.

I am really curious about Tommy, trying to figure him out for myself before Cathy Ace does it for me.


The Corpse with the Diamond Hand by Cathy Ace brought back so many wonderful memories of cruising and Hawaii, that I got lost in the pages. I felt like I was having a cocktail at Duke’s in the Outrigger Hotel and walking Waikiki Beach, with the sand between my toes and the salt air on my skin.


There are so many suspects and motives, so many possibilities.  The ending caught me by surprise and that doesn’t happen often enough. I loved cruising down memory lane with Cait and Bud and I would recommend The Corpse with the Diamond Hand for all you readers who want to travel into the mystery of murder on the high seas.

Food for thought:

Experience all you can, to learn, to grow. Sometimes there will be disappointments, sometimes maybe sadness but to never take a chance?

I received a copy of The Corpse with the Diamond Hand by Cathy Ace in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars



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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review 2015-07-09 00:00
The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A cosy mystery set in Wales
The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A cosy my... The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A cosy mystery set in Wales - Cathy Ace I just read an amazing book recently, y'all — The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A cosy mystery set in Wales by Cathy Ace. Let me tell you a little about it.

The Case of the Dotty Dowager is the first book in a new series, the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries. WISE is an acronym for the nationalities of the four Enquiry Agents — Welsh, Irish, Scots, and English. By the way, for those of y'all unfamiliar with the term, my Kindle's trusty Oxford Dictionary of English informs me that Enquiry Agent is a British term for private detective. [This Kindle dictionary has come in handy when I read books set in the UK and Australia, so I can translate English to US English!]

From the very first page of The Case of the Dotty Dowager, I was immediately caught up in the mystery and couldn't stop turning the pages. The story is told in third person from multiple points of view, which I enjoyed and found to be an interesting technique for keeping my attention.

I really like the four women of WISE. They are different ages (20s, 30s, 50s, 60s), nationalities and ethnicities, are from different backgrounds, and have different work experiences prior to forming WISE. They work very well together despite, or perhaps because of, these differences.

I also really like the allegedly-dotty dowager, Lady Althea. She is a Monty Python fan, with a great sense of humor. (Her son Henry, and her Lady's Maid Aide, not so much.)
'She hasn't always been a maid, have you, Jennifer?' said Althea quietly.
'You mean aide, Your Grace,' replied Jennifer.
'Do I?' responded the dowager.

Henry had never understood his mother's love for, and fascination with, the entire canon of those Monty Python chaps. He didn't think they were even slightly amusing. Whenever he dared to mention this fact, his mother would tell him he'd been given a sense of humor bypass immediately after she'd given birth to him....
I like Henry anyway, despite his lack of appreciation for all things Monty.

I think you'll like Henry also, and his mother Althea, and the WISE women — Carol, Christine, Mavis, and Annie — and all the other characters (except the despicable evil-doers, of course) created by Author Cathy Ace in her wonderful new cozy mystery The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A cosy mystery set in Wales. The second book in the series, The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer: A cosy mystery set in Wales, is available for pre-order from Amazon US and will be released on February 1, 2016.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of The Case of the Dotty Dowager in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

Originally published on my blog Jane Reads here.
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