Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review: The Corpse with the Garnet Face by Cathy Ace

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TouchWood Editions (April 5 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771511656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771511650

Book Description

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.

About the Author

Welsh Canadian mystery author Cathy Ace is the creator of The Cait Morgan Mysteries. Born, raised and educated in Wales, Cathy enjoyed a successful career in marketing and training across Europe for twenty years before migrating to Vancouver, Canada. There she taught on MBA and Undergraduate marketing programmes at various universities for a decade. Her eclectic tastes in art, music, food and drink have been developed during her decades of extensive travels, which she continues, whenever possible. Now a full-time author, Cathy and her husband are keen gardeners who enjoy being helped out around their rural acreage by their chocolate Labradors.

My Review

I love the cover! Beautiful!

The Corpse with the Garnet Face by author Cathy Ace is the seventh book in the Cait Morgan series. I have read several books in this series and I think each book is better than the last.

The Corpse with the Garnet Face is set in Amsterdam which is always a fascinating city. It is a story that focuses on art and the art of the Dutch masters particularly Vincent Van Gogh. I found this part of the book to be very fascinating. I also enjoyed the beginning of the book that is set in the Vancouver area. I love reading about the local references.

In the beginning of the novel, The Corpse with the Garnet Face, Bud, Cait's husband, discovers his mother had an older brother he knew nothing about. And that he is the sole heir. So Bud and Cait are off to Amsterdam and quickly discover that everything is not as it seems and they have quite a mystery on their hands.

I deduced pretty quickly what Bud's uncle Jonas and his cronies were probably up to but that did not lessen my enjoyment of the story at all. I found that Ace's story flowed  beautifully at a fairly brisk rate. It is very well written.

Highly recommend The Corpse with the Garnet Face. Great read.

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