Reviews of The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer
“The countdown has begun. Henry Devereaux Twyst, 18th Duke of Chellingworth, is getting married in Wales. He is deeply in love with his fiancée but is overwhelmed by the excessive wedding details. There are far too many traditions involved—the Welsh cakes, the decorating, the gwadhoddwr to announce their nuptials, not to mention the Morris dancers who must proceed the wedding party through the streets of Anwen-by-Wye. Except Aubrey Morris, the keeper of the troupe’s kit of exquisite 16th-century silver bells, engraved sticks, and massive baton, is missing. The ladies of the WISE (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England) Enquiries Agency are on the case to find Aubrey. VERDICT This charming sequel to The Case of the Dotty Dowager will delight M.C. Beaton and Jeanne M. Dams readers as the lively ladies use their individual talents to track down their quarry.” Library Journal, January 2016
“Ace’s gentle sequel to 2015’s The Case of the Dotty Dowager resettles the members of the WISE Enquiries Agency—Christine Wilson-Smythe, Annie Parker, Mavis MacDonald, and Carol Hill—formerly of London, in Anwen-by-Wye, Wales, where Henry Twyst, the 18th Duke of Chellingworth, (whom the four women helped in Dotty Dowager), once again has a problem. Henry is due soon to be married on St. David’s Day, March 1, but Aubrey Morris, a key member of the Morris dancers meant to perform at the wedding, has gone missing. Henry’s dowager mother, Althea, asks the WISE women to track Aubrey down, and they’re soon on the man’s trail. In between cups of tea and plenty of cookies, Christine, Annie, Mavis, and Carol take great pride in their ability to harness newfangled technological devices in their quest for clues. Cozy fans will enjoy their chitchat as much as their sleuthing.” Publishers’ Weekly, December 2015
“Henry Twyst, the 18th Duke of Chellingworth, is about to marry Stephanie Timbers in a grand ceremony at his Welsh estate…Everyone pitches in to try to keep the wedding plans on track while the ladies of WISE explore Aubrey’s background, hack his computer, and pick up every bit of local gossip in hopes of finding the missing man. The diverse sleuths are charming…” Kirkus Reviews, December 2015
“Anyone who enjoys classic British cozies will adore The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer… a refreshing departure from standard mystery fare…Cathy Ace does a remarkable job making (the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency) three dimensional and believable…a clever and entertaining mystery that any lover of cozies or British mysteries will adore. After reading The Case of the Dotty Dowager , I had high hopes for the series, and I am pleased to note that Cathy Ace has more than fulfilled my expectations.” muttcafe.com
What fellow authors said about THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER:
“A brilliant addition to Classic Crime Fiction. The ladies (if they’ll forgive me calling them that) of the WISE Enquiries Agency will have you pacing the floor awaiting their next entanglement…A fresh and wonderful concept well executed.” Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce mysteries.
“Start with an irresistible premise, confound expectations with four top-notch characters, and we’re off! THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER is a fun-packed romp through three of the four UK nations, where everything from outlandish antiques to this-minute technology adds up to a devious, delicious, disarming debut. Can’t wait to meet the WISE women again in book two.” Catriona McPherson, Anthony, Agatha and Alexander winning author of the Edgar-nominated THE DAY SHE DIED.
“Charming, quirky and completely entertaining! This clever contemporary take on the traditional mystery will have you smiling on every page. The talented Cathy Ace has created an endearing quartet of heroines–hurray for WISE, and I cannot wait for the next adventure!” Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of TRUTH BE TOLD
“The women of the WISE (Welsh-Irish-Scots-English) Enquiries Agency are a lovely diverse bunch who sort out a variety of personal problems while investigating a corpse seen by an 80 year old (but not yet dotty) dowager with only a bloody (literal, not expletive) bobble cap for evidence. I was drawn by the deceptively light deft tone which which gives a poignancy to exchanges such as: ‘I have never used that word [senile], Mother.’ ‘You don’t have to say it, Henry. I can hear you think it!’ And I loved the posh Welsh setting and the enchanting McFli!” Ovidia Yu, author of Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials.
“THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER by Cathy Ace has everything you could want in a murder story: a body in the dining room, a duke’s ancestral home, and four brilliant ladies working together to solve the case. Think MISSION IMPOSSIBLE meets Lord Peter Wimsey, except the sleuths are Welsh, Irish, Scottish, and English ladies of varying ages and descriptions. THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER is a traditional mystery that manages to be classic and thoroughly modern at the same time. Enjoy this one over a nice cuppa, but don’t spill it when things get exciting.” James W. Ziskin, Anthony nominated Author of the Ellie Stone Mysteries, STYX & STONE, NO STONE UNTURNED, and STONE COLD DEAD
“Cathy Ace’s new series combines the best traditions of the Golden Age of mysteries with the completely modern and appealing ladies of the WISE Enquiries Agency, with some cutting-edge science thrown in. It’s a delightful mix!” Sheila Connolly, Agatha- and Anthony-Award nominated and New York Times Bestselling Author