Book Review: The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace

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Book Details:
Genre: Traditional/Cozy Mystery
Published by: Touchwood Editions
Release Date: (March 12, 2013)
Number of Pages: 233
2nd in Series

Synopsis      the corpse with the golden nose

A heartfelt plea to look into the death of a world-famous vintner goes hand in hand with the opportunity to attend an exclusive gourmet event in British Columbia’s stunning wine country. How can overindulgent foodie and criminologist Cait Morgan resist?

Sure that the award-winning owner of a family-run vineyard was murdered, Cait shares her findings with Bud Anderson, a retired homicide cop. But he is convinced that the woman took her own life, whatever her grief-stricken sister might say. That is, until death strikes once again, in the neat rows of grapevines that clamber up the banks of magnificent Lake Okanagan.

Uncovering obsessions that might have fuelled murderous thoughts among the victim’s wacky neighbours is a start, but as Cait unravels the clues, she realizes that more lives are at stake. Can she think, and act, quickly enough to thwart the killer?

The Corpse with the Golden Nose is the second book in the Cait Morgan Mysteries, a classic whodunit series featuring the eccentric Professor Cait Morgan.

2cathyAbout Cathy Ace

Welsh Canadian mystery author Cathy Ace is the creator of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, which include The Corpse with the Silver Tongue and The Corpse with the Golden Nose. Born, raised, and educated in Wales, Cathy enjoyed a successful career in marketing and training across Europe, before immigrating to Vancouver, Canada, where she taught on MBA and undergraduate marketing programs at various universities. Her eclectic tastes in art, music, food, and drink have been developed during her decades of extensive travel, which she continues whenever possible. Now a full-time author, Cathy’s short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies, as well as on BBC Radio 4. She and her husband are keen gardeners, who enjoy being helped out around their acreage by their green-pawed Labradors.

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Reader review . . .

Trying to deal with the loss of his wife, Bud Anderson joined an online grief support cop.  His “grief buddy”, Ellen, has asked him to look into the death of her sister.  The coroner ruled Annette’s death suicide, but Ellen insists it was murder.  When she invites Bud and a guest to the Movable Feast to meet the suspects, Cait, who is not only a  criminal psychologist but a serious foodie, can’t turn down the opportunity.

Although this is second in the series, if you haven’t already read the first book, this works well enough on its own.  There were a few references to what I assume was covered the first time out, but nothing crucial to the plot.

Having the protagonist as a woman in her late forties with a weight problem is a stroke of genius.  Real women read mysteries, and sometimes we want believable characters who are like us.  Cait was so realistic I could imagine her as a friend.  Her obsession with food and references to Doctor Who didn’t hurt, either.

Great fun for the cozy mystery set!

5 stars

This book was provided for an honest review by Cozy Mystery Tours.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace

  1. Cathy Ace

    I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and am delighted you like Cait. To me she’s real…and I’m pleased you found you could identify with her.

  2. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    You put your finger on some of the things I liked best about Cait, too — particularly that she’s more like me in age (and weight) than a lot of the younger cozy heroines I’ve been reading. And the Doctor Who references were fun, too.

    Please stop by my blog on Aug 1, when I’ll have a review and Q&A with Cathy Ace!