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Thursday, 13 August 2020

‘The Corpse with the Crystal Skull’ by Cathy Ace.

Published by Four Tails Publishing,
29 June 2020.
ISBN: 978-1-9992230-5-2 (PB)

Sadly, due to current coronavirus, we are all aware, that we cannot, easily, jet off to sunny climates like the Caribbean, for a relaxing and sun-filled holiday. Next best thing that I can strongly recommend is buying this book and immersing yourself in the story, which is set on the beautiful, scenic, and historic, island of Jamaica.

Cait Morgan, a professor of criminal psychology, and part time sleuth has just turned fifty. Her husband, secret under-cover policeman Bud Anderson has taken her and four other friends to a beautiful estate on the island for four weeks of celebration. Shortly after they arrive the owner of this luxury estate is discovered dead and locked inside an inaccessible tower. The only possible outcome is suicide. Cait doesn’t agree.

Next, she finds out that her husband and his friend were sent to the island on a work mission. There is missing treasure here, that has been associated with the legendary Captain Henry. Are there others looking for it? Is this anything to do with the death?

Cait is now determined to get to the bottom of what she believes may well be murder, and the mystery of the missing treasure. But more is to be uncovered.

This is the ninth in the Cait Morgan series. This one is full of well-drawn, colourful characters who leap off the page, and her description is so clear one can almost smell the Jamaican buffets and taste the ice-cold beer. You would certainly want to. If you are a fan of cosy crime, then this is definitely for you. Don’t miss it. And look out for the next.
Reviewer: Linda Regan

Cathy Ace was born and raised in Swansea, South Wales. With a successful career in marketing having given her the chance to write training courses and textbooks, Cathy has now finally turned her attention to her real passion: crime fiction. Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies. Two of her works, Dear George and Domestic Violence, have also been produced by Jarvis & Ayres Productions as ‘Afternoon Reading’ broadcasts for BBC Radio 4. Cathy now writes two series of traditional mysteries: The Cait Morgan Mysteries (TouchWood Editions) and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (Severn House Publishers)

Linda Regan is the author of six police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader and welcomes the chance to read new writers. 
To read a review of Linda's most recent book
The Terror Within
click on the title.


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