Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes - Review + Giveaway


The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes (a Cait Morgan Mystery) by Cathy Ace

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: Blog Tour (For more info visit here)

Description:  It's Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson's wedding weekend and the Wales castle that seemed so romantic in October is quickly turning spooky in stormy December.  When a choir master takes a fatal fall and the storm causes a bridge to wash out Cait begins to worry that maybe the spooky Wales castle could be lethal.

Genre: Mystery

Why I Picked This Book: The setting is a castle in Wales!  There's no way I could pass that up!

My Impression:  This was an interesting mystery in a fantastic setting.  The castle was so richly drawn that it was almost a character and like Cait's sister I thought it sounded fantastic for exploring though I wanted to do the exploring myself and not wait for the children!  I loved the castle treasure plot tie in.  I love secret treasures and throw that in a castle and I'm happy girl.  I liked Cait and Bud and the inhabitants of the castle were interesting though not necessarily likable. This is the 5th book in the series but I had no problem following who was who and there was enough explanation to understand how Bud and Cait got together without weighing down the plot.

The pacing was a bit uneven at times and while there is a death that occurs early in the book it occurs off screen and doesn't really get talked too much about until a few chapters in.  The book also leans towards being heavy conversation heavy which contributes to the somewhat slower pace. Cait is a psychologist who focuses on the criminal mind and Bud is a police detective so the fact that they are investigating fits.

Overall, I found this an interesting mystery in a fantastic setting and I'm looking forward to getting to know Cait better.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes.  While this is isn't a series that is going to the top of my TBR I am looking forward to reading the first books in the series and seeing what comes next.

Would I Recommend this Book?:  Yes, if you enjoy mysteries I think you would enjoy this - especially if you like cozies with a more mature main character.

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14 comments:

  1. I love the title and the premise for this book! Thanks for the opportunity!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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    1. Apologies for the delay in replying - I have suffered some technical problems! I'm glad you like the premsie, Julie - I also hope you enjoy the book :-)

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  2. I love it when the setting could considered a character all by itself. And a castle to boot! This does sound like something I might like. The characters professions caught my attention too. I want to know more about them.

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    1. Hello Literary Feline - I'm so sorry I didn't reply...I couldn't!!!! I too enjoy books where the setting can be considered a character, and that's just what I've tried to do with this book. Hope you enjoy it :-)

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  3. I've read The Corpse With The Platinum Hair and enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading
    the Corpse With The Sapphire Eyes.

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    1. Thanks for stooping by, Patricia P. I'm sorry I've been so slow in replying - I had a few technical challenges! I'm so pleased you enjoyed THE CORPSE WITH THE PLATINUM HAIR and I really hope you enjoy this one :-)

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  4. Nice review, I love cozy mysteries and castles! I will check this series out.

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    1. Thanks Cindy - if you read it , I hope you enjoy it! My apologies - I couldn't work out how to reply...I think I've cracked it now :-)

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  5. Mystery and castle....the perfect combo.

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    1. I'm glad you like the sound of it Verna - I tried to make it fun ;-) Apologies for the delay in responding - I couldn't work out ow to use technology to my advantage!

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  6. I enjoy this series and I need to catch up with it. I'm a little behind.

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    1. Hi Yvonne - I'm so pleased to know you enjoy the series - maybe now's a good time to jump back in ;-) Apologies it took me so long to overcome my technically-challenged idiot self!

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  7. I'd like to read a mystery set in a castle.

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    1. And here's your ideal opportunity, Michelle! Hope you enjoy it if you read it...and sorry it took me so long to work out how to reply!

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