The Case of the Dotty Dowager (WISE Enquiries Agency #1)

The Case of the Dotty Dowager (WISE Enquiries Agency #1) 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 Henry Is Worried Enough To Retain The Women Of The WISE Enquiries Agency But The Truth Is Deadly Than Anyone Could Have Foreseen.

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 drin

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  • 224 pages
  • The Case of the Dotty Dowager (WISE Enquiries Agency #1)
  • Cathy Ace
  • 05 April 2017
  • 9781780106410

10 thoughts on “The Case of the Dotty Dowager (WISE Enquiries Agency #1)

  1. says:

    Henry Devereaux Twyst is the eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth and, up to now, his concerns have mostly been of the financial kind plus a nagging sense that, since his elder brother died, he really needs to provide an heir to inherit his ancestral home Not that Chellingworth Hall is always a blessing, as the responsibility for the upkeep is immense and necessitates opening his home to the public for part of the year, which he is both grateful for and yet resents However, one night he receives a call from his mother, Althea, the Dowager Duchess, informing him that she has found a corpse in the dining room Trudging across the grounds to the Dower House, Henry wonders whether his elderly mother is imagining things and, possibly, whether the formerly sprightly lady of nearly eighty is possibly facing dementia His fears are confirmed when he arrives to find no body anywhere Was his mother delusional, or has the body simply disappeared For help, Henry contacts Christine Wilson Smythe, a member of the WISE Enquiries Agency in London Christine has an aristocratic background and is happy to take the job on, as the agency is facing a financial crisis as well as various personal issues and proble...

  2. says:

    A fun cosyHenry Twyst, Duke of Chellingworth, is worried His mother, the dowager duchess, has phoned him in the middle of the night to say there s a dead body in the dining room of the Dower House, but when he gets there, no corpse is to be found At first, he assumes his mother must have dreamt it or worse, that she is beginning to lose her marbles, but when a blood stained hat is found on the floor he begins to wonder Since the local police don t seem to be taking the matter seriously, he calls in the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency their brief to discover if the body really existed and, if so, who was it This is quite a fun cosy that is obviously intended to be the first of a series The acronym WISE stands for Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England the birth places of the four women who run the agency It s not really explained how the four came together there s a brief mention of them all having been involved in solving an earlier case but that s all but there s plenty of potential for them to develop into a nicely mixed team, so long as Ace can avoid going too far down the road of using rather clumsy national stereotypes Oddly she only stereotypes the Scot and the Englishwoman Cockney, of course the Irish and Welsh contingent seem to escape But it s reasonably minimal and hopefully will disappear completely once the characters personalities are fully developed in later books.There are two linked crimes in the story one is very original and quite fun and I won t sp...

  3. says:

    The Duke of Chellingworth, Henry Twyst, is 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 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 m...

  4. says:

    Wow, another excellent book This one was a winner I loved the concept and can t wait to read the next one Highly recommend

  5. says:

    The Case of The Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace was a fun British cozy mystery It is the first book in A WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery series Henry Devereaux Twyst is the 18th Duke of Chellingworth He was not raised to be the Duke He was enjoying his life of painting watercolors until his older brother died Now Henry is responsible for Chellingworth Hall Henry gets a late night call from his mother, Althea Dowager Duchess of Chellingworth Althea swears there is a dead man in her dining room She called her son instead of waking up any of her staff she has a cook, lady s aide, and gardener handy man When Henry arrives at the house, he finds it locked up tight with the alarm on Althea is in her bedroom with her dog, McFli and a fireplace poker in her hand The body is gone All that remains is a bobble hat that Althea picked up and took with her to her bedroom Henry doubts his mother actually saw a body he has been hearing rumors that she has been talking to herself.Henry awakens the staff All of them were sleeping very deeply and were hard to awaken None of them heard a thing The police are called the next day, but they do not believe the Dowager Duchess Henry decides to call the WISE Enquiries Agency they think detective sounds to American Annie Parker, Mavis MacDonald, Carol Hill, and Christine Wilsom Smythe make up the agency Their individual skills complement each other Carol is pregnant and cannot venture far from home Her job is getting information online an...

  6. says:

    I m a bit baffled at how positive reviews of this book are At first, I thought it was just a goodreads thing and maybe people being swayed by netgalley approval into rave ratings, but then I saw that it was starred by Library Journal and had a relatively positive review from Kirkus so, not a goodreads thing I don t get it For a great swath of this book, I was pretty sure I was going to one star it It s not that it s so terrible although it isn t very good as it is just messy and confusing and awkward Like, to the point that I wondered if it had had beta readers or an editor There s a whole lot of assumed backstory, but also huge bits of info dumping The main characters four female enquiry agents are tediously described and only distinguished for the first 2 3 of the book by their quirks, which are annoying The supporting characters are a little successful the dowager of the title, for example , but it s difficult to see what some of them are doing there The entire mystery first a murdered body that disappears, then a robbery, then a kidnapping hinges on a collection of antique dentures, which, what I don t know, but I think it s kind of terrible That said, I ended up not wanting to throw it across the room because once Ace focuses on one of the detectives, even though that character starts out as shallow and dumb as the others only not literally because we are constantly reminded that she has a Mensa level i.q , it moves swiftly and has a glimmer of capability It s ...

  7. says:

    This is an entertaining mystery and the first book in a new series Henry, 18th Duke of Chellingworth fears his mother might be losing her faculties when she telephones him in the middle of the night because she has found a dead body in her house When he goes to investigate there is nothing there and her house alarm is still set and in working order The only thing which makes him think she might not have imagined the body is the blue and black knitted bobble hat with blood on it The police do investigate but also draw a blank It seems like a good case for the four women of the WISE Enquiry Agency Carol with her computer skills Annie with her ability to talk to people and be nosy Mavis with her long experience of people during her nursing career and finally Christine with her aristocratic connections Henry contacts Christine and asks if she can help Three of the four women visit the area for a weekend, leaving Carol in London...

  8. says:

    A wonderfully entertaining series debut The characters represent varied backgrounds, ages and quirks They are fully fleshed out and pull you into their lives with friendly ease The setting, a castle and village in Wales, with London in the background, are so alive that you are right there I really liked the murder plot with many twists and turns and entertaining red herrings The four ladies from the WISE Enquiries Agency come to Wales to investigate the disappearing dead body that the Dowager Duchess of Chellingworth claims she found in her home, the Dower House on the estate This was one of the most entertaining and...

  9. says:

    Fabulous I loved this book THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER combines the best of traditional mysteries with modern day technology Cathy Ace writes in a lilting, friendly prose that fluffs up your pillows ...

  10. says:

    I love that I ve been completely pulled into this charming world where four unlikely ladies with four completely different backgrounds have gotten together to have a go at being not sleuths, but enquiry agents A certain degree of politeness and class there, if you will I found myself smiling over the characters, and there are a lot than four, even when the action turns a bit darker The ending is just terrific and left me cheering If you love a consistently good mystery than one, actually, as there are several going on here , excellent characters, and exquisite writing, this is the book for you I m reviewing it as I ve already read the first three ...

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