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    Good traditional Mystery

    I have read Cathy Ace's other series and have enjoyed them. This is a great start to a new series. I really enjoyed the ladies of the WISE Agency. They work well together and solve the case using their various strengths. This is a traditional mystery set on a Welsh Estate. The mystery itself was easy to solve and it was all tied by the end of the book. I am really looking forword to reading the next book in this series and seeing what new case and trouble the women of WISE get into too. Enjoy this for a good traditional mystery.
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    A delightful British cozy mystery!

    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 (in Wales). 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 and via phone) as well as keeping them all updated. Mavis will stay with the Dowager, Christine will visit Henry at Chellingworth Hall, and Annie will go to the local village. Each will investigate and keep the others updated. Did Althea see a dead body in her dining room? If so, where did it go? And most importantly, why were they in the Dower House? The Case of the Dotty Dowager was an amusing British cozy. I give The Case of the Dotty Dowager 4 out of 5 stars. I liked the nice mix of characters as well as the lovely setting. I did not, though, like Annie Parker’s character. I found her very abrasive and hard to understand. She has such a thick accent that it is hard to figure out what she is saying. Mavis’ Scottish accent was much easier to figure out (of course, I have been watching a lot of Outlander). I think if Annie’s was toned down just a little, she would be a more pleasing character (they have her as loud, clumsy, and rude). Overall, The Case of the Dotty Dowager had good writing, great mystery, lovely town, and some interesting characters. I received The Case of the Dotty Dowager from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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