Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Corpse With The Sapphire Eyes by Cathy Ace Interview & Giveaway

corpse sapphire  large banner640

The Corpse With The Sapphire Eyes
by Cathy Ace

I was taken in from the very beginning the clues that Cait finds keep you glued to the book you do not want to put it down.
~Bab’s Book Bistro
I found this an interesting mystery in a fantastic setting…
~I Wish I Lived In a Library
This is a cozy mystery with interesting characters. There is plenty of drama, mysteries, treasures and murder. It is a clean read. Some of the secrets you can guess others I did not see coming.
SAPPHIREThe Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes
(A Cait Morgan Mystery)

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: TouchWood Editions (May 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1771511209

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.
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.


Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Swansea, South Wales. I lived in the UK until 2000 when I migrated to a lovely rural area just outside Vancouver, Canada. I am both Welsh and Canadian!

Tell us your latest news?

2015 is an exciting and busy year for me! I’m honoured that The Corpse with the Platinum Hair (Cait Morgan Mystery #4) is on the shortlist for the Bony Blithe Award for the best Canadian light mystery, and am thrilled that the fifth Cait Morgan Mystery, The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes, will be launched on the fifth day of the fifth month - the very month when I turn 55 - that’s a LOT of fives! It’s set in a creepy old Welsh castle, so it’s also very close to my heart because its location is very close to my home city of Swansea. There’s another Cait Morgan Mystery coming out this year too: The Corpse with the Diamond Hand will be launched in October – a fitting term since the book is set on a cruise-ship sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver. Then there’s my new series: I enjoy spending time with Cait, but this new series has allowed me to spend time with four wonderful female private investigators who work on quintessentially British cases of a cozy nature, and featuring a Welsh stately home. Yes, I’m going back to my home country with this series, and the Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency (one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish, and one English – hence the acronym) are great fun to be with. The Case of the Dotty Dowager also introduces the ducal seat of the Twyst family, Chellingworth Hall, set amidst the beautiful countryside of Powys.

When and why did you begin writing?

I was one of those schoolchildren who was a voracious reader, and wanted to be a writer. Always. I’ve been very fortunate to have earned my livelihood by writing for many decades; I have worked in marketing, advertising and public relations, and have written training courses and textbooks too. My first crime short story was published in 1989, but then my business life took over and I only returned to fiction in 2007. The first Cait Morgan Mystery was published in 2012.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I “retired” from running my own business when I was forty. I “retired” again from academic life when I was fifty-three. If I think of being a full-time writer as my third career I suppose I should say “when I turned fifty-three” but I feel as though I still have such a lot to learn that I’m not sure I’ll ever think of myself as a “writer”.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first short story appeared in multiple anthologies and was recorded for BBC Radio 4. Following the death of my father I realized that I probably wasn’t immortal and that I should get on with writing fiction if that was what I wanted to do. I’d had the story I ended up telling in The Corpse with the Silver Tongue trying to drill its way out of my brain and onto paper for years, so I finally sat down and wrote it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I suspect that’s something my readers might be better equipped to answer than me. Because the Cait Morgan Mysteries are told in the first person, and because Cait is a Welsh Canadian university professor who shares my general background, I suspect that “conversational” might sum it up.

How did you come up with the title?

I’d written some short stories and a novella about Cait before she emerged in her first novel and they all had titles featuring the word “corpse”. When I put the proposal to my publisher, TouchWood Editions, I knew I needed to tighten up on a type of title that might work well for a series. Because my first victim was a man who was very good at getting people to tell him things The Corpse with the Silver Tongue came to me, then I played around with the idea of corpses with precious body parts….and now we have them with a Golden Nose, an Emerald Thumb, Platinum Hair, Sapphire Eyes and a Diamond Hand. There are two more planned for 2016, but I’ll keep those titles under wraps for now!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Each book tends to focus on a particular theme – obsession, possessiveness, love/hate, honor, often with local history, art, artefacts, and food thrown in along the way. In The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes we get the chance to study family dynamics at very close quarters, and to consider what really constitutes functional dysfunctionality. In all my books I try to illuminate the interactions and tensions between people who are born and bred with a locale in their blood, those who are long-term incomers and those who are outsiders, just passing through. I find it to be fertile ground for tension – and murder too.

What would you like my readers to know?

My one desire is that people will enjoy my books. I really do believe that enjoyment is a great gift, and I do my very best to write entertaining books that allow readers to escape, be puzzled, be informed, be made to feel peckish, and end up feeling they have spent time in a place and with people they’d like to visit again…and where they find out who did what to whom, how they did it and why they did it, along the way!
Author Links:
Twitter: @AceCathy
Purchase Links
Amazon B&N

Tour Participants
May 5 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview
May 6 – Babs Book Bistro – Review
May 7 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review
May 8 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Guest Post
May 9 – readalot – Review
May 10 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
May 11 –Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Interview
May 12 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
May 13 – MysteriesEtc – Review
May 14 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post


  1. I need to go back and read all these books, they sound very interesting!

    1. Thanks Grandma Cootie - I really hope you enjoy them when you do :-)