Saturday, November 5, 2016



By Cathy Ace

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
This is a fun British/UK world filled book….I was charmed by all the characters and Ms. Ace’s writing style and descriptions.
~Bibliophile Reviews


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


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 artefacts 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?

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.
Thanks for having me along today – it’s so exciting to talk about the second WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery, THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER.
One of the questions I’m often asked is “Why do you set these books in Wales?” and I suppose the answer seems pretty obvious…I’m Welsh! But it goes deeper than that, I believe; not only was I born and raised in Wales, but my mum and sister still live there (and my dad is buried there) and it will always be “home”, even though I’ve now been living in Canada for sixteen years. So, yes, my roots will always be there, even though my “new growth” will be in Canada.
The next thing people ask is “What’s Wales like?” It’s easy to find lots of beauty-shots of Wales online…its rolling green hills dotted with sheep; its craggy cliffs and beautiful beaches; its wonderful wildlife and ancient woodlands; its pre-historic stone circles and imposing, magnificent castles…they’re all there for you to see and marvel at. But what’s it really like to grow up there and have Wales in your blood? Well, a good deal of Wales is still rural, but its flint, slate, copper, gold and coal mines mean it’s always hosted dirty and dangerous industries, too. The place I come from, Swansea on the south coast, was known as Copperopolis, and rivers ran full of lethal chemicals for decades.
More recently, post-industrial Wales has cleaned itself up, and its stunning beauty has been “officially” recognized as such – for example, the Gower Peninsula (around which my dad used to drive the family in our old Ford Anglia) was the first Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, a designation created in 1956, on the strength of its stunning coastline, remarkable wildlife and unique historical identity.
Welsh people work hard, and play hard. Yes, there’s singing…everywhere; I actually belonged to five choirs at the same time at one stage of my life. There’s laughter, too; the Welsh have a pretty wry sense of humor, quite often directed toward the English…something they share with the Irish, and the Scots.
And that’s another aspect of these books – I’ve put four women in a situation where they work together closely, having to trust that each have the others’ backs as they pursue their chosen path as private investigators tackling puzzling, and sometimes dangerous, cases. They come from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England – so tension, and camaraderie, come into play as they work with their clients to do what needs to be done to keep their business afloat.
I enjoy writing about Wales, and I hope you enjoy reading about it. In these books the part of Wales I write about most is mid- to south-Wales, the part I grew up in. I’ve invented the stately home and estate of Chellingworth Hall, and the nearby village of Anwen-by-Wye, and I’ve populated them with the sorts of people I know from my life in Wales. I hope you enjoy visiting my “homeland” with me, and the WISE Women. 

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Twitter: @AceCathy
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