Title/Author: Corpse with the Garnet Face / Cathy Ace
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Suspense
Publisher: Touch Wood Editions
Date of publish: April 2016
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About the Book:
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 honour the dying wish of a long-lost relative.
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This is my introduction to Cathy Ace and her Cait Morgan series. It worked great as a stand alone. There are hints to previous adventures, enough to make me want to catch up on the series, but the story on its own was quite enjoyable.
In the story, Cait and her husband Bud travel to Amsterdam to deal with the estate of his late uncle, Jonas. Believing his mother to have been an only child, finding out that his uncle had left everything to him was a bit of a surprise. Waiting for them is a missive from the uncle to disperse with several gifts to close friends and along the way Bud should learn about his uncle from the people who knew him best, and take that information to home to Bud’s mom so that she may finally get to know the brother she hasn’t seen since she was a child.
It seems at first a straightforward task, but it doesn’t take long for couple to begin to get suspicious. Jonas’ friends are a odd group who aren’t entirely forthcoming about themselves or Uncle Jonas. Soon they begin to suspect that his death wasn’t an accident and that there is more to this group of friends than meets the eye.
I loved reading this book. I felt like I was visiting Amsterdam. Descriptions of the architecture, the sights and sounds, but mostly the food (OMG this book made me hungry) were captivating. The city was a fabulous canvas for this Cozy. The main ingredient of any mystery is the characters and this story had some fabulous characters. They range from the delightfully quaint to actively distasteful. They all have secrets to come in to play.
I loved how the mystery laid itself out. It starts off simply and before long the reader is caught, first in Cait’s misgivings and then in the unfolding clues. The big finish at the end was as neat a wrap-up as I ever read and clearly reminiscent of those great early 20th mystery writers and makes great use of Cait’s talent as a criminal profiler.
I suppose my favorite part, aside from the food, was the titles of the chapters and art references. I learned a great deal about art in this book and it was loads of fun.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
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, Diamond 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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