The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A Cosy Mystery Set in Wales (2020)

The Case of the Dotty Dowager A Cosy Mystery Set in Wales 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
  • Title: The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A Cosy Mystery Set in Wales
  • Author: Cathy Ace
  • ISBN: 9781780106410
  • Page: 231
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 .
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    1. 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 c [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 T [...]

    4. 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. 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 calle [...]

    6. 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 inv [...]

    7. 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 Du [...]

    8. 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 and asks if you d like a cuppa as you read Delightful book, great characters, and all the loose ends tied up perfectly Highest recommendation.

    9. 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 t [...]

    10. The premise is a bit cutesy four women of varying ages from a young woman in her twenties to a retiree or pensioner, I suppose, as this all takes place in the U.K form an agency whose name reflects each of the women s nation of origin Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Other than that and some blatant stereotyping of the characters, the mystery itself was actually pretty good Enough so that I would read another in the series before giving a final thumbs up or down Too bad the agency name and exce [...]

    11. Soooooo glad I finally read this book, The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace, which has been on my TBR shelf for quite a long time I adored the ladies of WISE comprised of enquiry agents from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England hence the acronym They are 4 women, of various ages and backgrounds, who come together to form this agency and solve cases They re already established when we meet them, but our first case with the agency takes the team to the wilds of the Welsh countryside to disco [...]

    12. Take a completely disparate group of four female principal characters, find some way to make them fit an acronym and have them solve what ends up being a well conceived technical crime although without actually providing a motive for the most important crime and you will have the see saw effect this novel had for me while I was reading it The four women enquiry agents never are connected up by the author How did they come to be working together Each woman originally hails from a different part o [...]

    13. I m a bit baffled at how positive reviews of this book are At first, I thought it was just a 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 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 p [...]

    14. The Case of the Dotty Dowager is the first in a new series featuring the women of WISE Enquiries.Henry Twyst fears the worst when his elderly mother calls to tell him there is a dead body in her dining room When he arrives, the alarm is set, the household staff is asleep, and there is no sign of a dead body The only evidence that his mother may not have imagined the entire event is a bloody bobble headed hat.In need of an explanation for the Dowager s experience, but desiring discretion, Henry e [...]

    15. This is the first book in the WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery Series by Cathy Ace I love Cathy s Cait Morgan Mystery Series and was anxious to read this new one I have listed Cathy as one of the authors who deserve a greater readership One of her books, The Corpse With the Platinum Hair is shortlisted for The Bony Blithe Award for the best Canadian light mystery.As The Case of the Dotty Dowager opens, Henry Devereaux Twyst, the eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth was concerned that his mother, the Do [...]

    16. I initially thought this book was going to be too cozy for me It really depends on how you define cozy of course The protagonists are four women who have banded together to form the WISE Women Enquiries Agency They chose this name because they hail from different areas in the UK Carol is from Wales, Christine is from Ireland, Mavis is from Scotland, and Annie is from England They all now live and work out of London For this case, Carol, the computer wizard, stays in London to coordinate the inve [...]

    17. The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace is a new cozy mystery series that is coming out July 1st The main characters are four women who make up the WISE Enquiries Agency Each of the women have their own method, heritage and strengths to find out the truth Carol Welch , Christine Irish , Mavis Scottish and Annie English Their name even is an anagram of their heritages Harry the Duke of Chellingworth is worried about his mother Althea the dowager She claims to have seen a dead body in the dinin [...]

    18. Staying true to the cozy genre, this is a quick, fun read with enjoyable characters While the ladies of the WISE Enquiries Agency are busy trying to determine if Henry s mother did see a dead body in the dining room and if so, what happened to it , the larger goal of this book seemed to be setting up the series itself It is a charming British cozy with four ladies of varying backgrounds and ages Although they are all experiencing different stages of life, they enjoy each other s company and work [...]

    19. This is the first book I have read of Cathy s It was a good read She has a story line with a Duke, a Does her Duchess and 4 ladies of the WISE Enquiring Agency This is a very busy book It is set in a fairly recent time Henry, Duke of Chellingworth, is not so keen on progress His mum, the Dowager, is way ahead She calls him to say she saw a dead body He shows up and no body Now he is sure she is losing her mind for sure They hire the ladies There isn t proof just hunches.Each cover their special [...]

    20. The four women of WISE enquiries couldn t be different from the Welsh computer guru, to the Irish aristocrat, to the retired Scottish nurse, to the Cockney by way of the Caribbean Yet they all work together when the Dowager Duchess finds a body in her dining room, a body that has disappeared by the time the Duke comes at her urgent call Then there s the enigmatic Alexander Bright, who is able to contribute something to the solution to the crime because of his passion for antique dentures Deligh [...]

    21. This is one of those books I found promising in the begining, and then disappointed in its lack of follow through Was tempted to give it two stars, but did appreciate the variety in ages and back stories, and that was enough to bump my rating of it Nothing lofty here, and missing the qualities that would give it the cozy murder feel that I ve enjoyed by other English mysteries.

    22. Utterly charming a combination of country house mystery with modern elements not just one but four feisty female detectives and an attempt to creat unity in the British Isles one Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English by way of the Caribbean and the East End.

    23. Wonderful new mystery series Loved the spirited female detectives and the location was beautifully written I felt like I was there Look forward to the next book.

    24. I loved this book The characters were fun and nice to get to know It left me wanted to read the next book and I already reserved it at my local library Aren t libraries great

    25. A slow start to the book due to unnecessarily verbose character development of the four investigators that lasts for over 13 pages A good plot that gets bogged down in painfully bad ethnic stereotypical dialogue particularly the Irish and Scottish characters Hopefully the next instalment in this series will have an editor that can take a weedwhacker to the superfluous filler and focus on the mystery plotline.

    26. A delightful new series Four very diverse friends make up the WISE Enquiry Agency in England They re engaged by Henry Twyst, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth to find out the truth of what happened, or didn t happen, on his estate in Wales His mother, the Dowager Duchess, claims to have found a body in her dining room a body that has since disappeared Did she find a murder victim or is she losing her marbles

    27. The characters are wonderful Though I could guess who could be involved in the crime, it was fun to discover that I was right I enjoyed meeting the Welsh, Irish, Scottish and the English enquiry agents and catching glimpses of what their lives are like.People who enjoy cozy mysteries will love this book.

    28. This mystery was a fun find for me I love English cozy mysteries and this one did not disappoint A quirky quartet of women enquiry agents from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England WISE pool their unique talents to solve a mysterious murder with a missing corpse and prove the dowager is not dotty at all Loved it

    29. Enjoyable read This seems to set the characters up well , bit of romance without being to much of a turn off But interesting plot and as they say you learn something new every day , and I have from this book about dentures.

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