About the Book
Genre: Cozy Mystery, #1 in the WISE Enquiries Agency mystery series)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Release Date: July 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads...
Meet the Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency. The first in a new series."
Henry Twyst, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth, is convinced his mother is losing her marbles. She claims to have seen a corpse on the dining-room floor, but all she has to prove it is a bloodied bobble hat.
Worried enough to retain the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English Henry wants the strange matter explained away. But the truth of what happened at the Chellingworth Estate, set in the rolling Welsh countryside near the quaint village of Anwen by Wye, is more complex, dangerous, and deadly, than anyone could have foreseen . . .
The Duke of Chellingworth, Henry Twyst, is more than a little concerned when his aging mother calls to tell him she has discovered a dead body in the dining room. He’s doubly concerned when he races over and finds there is no dead body. He’s sure she is losing her mind.
He seeks help to prove either his mother is telling the truth or she’s totally lost it. He calls on the services of the WISE Enquiries Agency. The agency is run by four women with different backgrounds – Welsh, Irish, Scottish and English. The women go undercover to find out what is really going on at the Chellingworth Estate. However, they never expect to find themselves right in the middle of danger.
This series starts off exciting and doesn't let up. It has the potential to be a captivating adventure with four strong women in the lead. I’m looking forward to learning more about these women and seeing them bond with each other.
I loved the quaint setting. It had the feel of an historical novel, although it’s contemporary. The perfect setting for a cozy mystery series.
It’s a fast-paced mystery and can be read in an afternoon. It’s filled with suspense, quirky characters, mystery and a touch of romance. The Case of the Dotty Dowager leaves you anxiously awaiting the next escapade and wanting to see what mischief the WISE women get themselves into next.
For reading challenges:
2015 My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge
2015 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
FTC Disclosure: The publisher and NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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.
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