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The Corpse with the Platinum Hair

by (author) Cathy Ace

TouchWood Editions
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
General, Women Sleuths, Cozy
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
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Winner of the 2015 Bony Blithe Award for Best Canadian Light Mystery


A classic whodunit series in the tradition of Agatha Christie, featuring eccentric criminologist and foodie Cait Morgan.

With birthday celebrations in the cards, Cait Morgan and her significant other, retired cop Bud Anderson, travel to Las Vegas. As they are about to finish dinner in the casino owners’ exclusive private dining room, Miss Shirley, a woman acknowledged as Queen of The Strip, is murdered. Security locks down the room. Cait, Bud, a corpse, and ten possible murderers are trapped in the luxurious restaurant for twelve deadly hours. The bodies pile up, the tension mounts, the list of suspects dwindles—and Cait knows she has to work out who the killer is because there’s no telling who might be next to die.

The fourth book in the beloved Cait Morgan series, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair travels to Sin City, where Welsh Canadian foodie and criminologist Cait Morgan comes up against her toughest mystery yet.

About the author

Welsh Canadian mystery author Cathy Ace is the creator of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, which include The Corpse with the Silver Tongue, The Corpse with the Golden Nose, The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb, and The Corpse with the Platinum Hair. Born, raised, and educated in Wales, Cathy enjoyed a successful career in marketing and training across Europe, before immigrating to Vancouver, Canada, where she taught on MBA and undergraduate marketing programs at various universities. Her eclectic tastes in art, music, food, and drink have been developed during her decades of extensive travel, which she continues whenever possible. Now a full-time author, Cathy's short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies, as well as on BBC Radio 4. She and her husband are keen gardeners, who enjoy being helped out around their acreage by their green-pawed Labradors. Cathy's website can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AceCathy.

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  • Winner, Bony Blithe Award

Editorial Reviews

"Cathy Ace can be commended for sticking to a tried and tested formula of cosy crime in an exotic location, reminiscent of the Golden Age of crime fiction. The Corpse with the Platinum Hair offers a sympathetic amateur detective, a locked-room mystery, a small cast of colourful suspects, loving descriptions of food and drink, and a few red herrings thrown our way." —Marina Sofia, CrimeFictionLover blog

The Corpse with the Platinum Hair winner of the 2015 Bony Blithe, a crime writing award created by the board of directors of the Bloody Words Conference to shine a spotlight on light mysteries. It is akin to the Agatha Award in the United States.

"The Corpse with the Platinum Hair is a classic-style (no CSI forensics available), yet modern day (brilliant use of an electronic shutdown) locked room whodunit. As we meet the trapped suspects and the deceased through the inquiry by Cait and her sidekick, readers will relish this wonderful investigation by the dynamic Canadian couple." —Harriet Klausner, #1 Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer

"This whodunit will make you want more with each turn of the page.  You can't stop reading it once you start." —Shelley's Book Case Blog

"Strong story-telling and a fast paced ending." —Don Graves, Canadian Mystery reviews

"Cathy Ace has written an awesome mystery series that I look forward to reading more of." —Dalene's Book Reviews Blog

"An intriguing premise … Traditionalists will enjoy this mystery that plays with classic mystery conventions while also celebrating everything that makes Las Vegas so unique." —Kings River Life

"I've always loved locked-room mysteries, and this is a terrific one. A cast of characters (each of them with something to hide) marooned on the top floor of a swank Las Vegas casino with a corpse. A fun and suspenseful mystery." —Rhys Bowen, New York Times, bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness Mysteries.

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