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The Corpse with the Ruby Lips

by (author) Cathy Ace

TouchWood Editions
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
General, Women Sleuths
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    Oct 2016
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    Oct 2016
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A new book from Bony Blithe award–winning mystery author Cathy Ace where her sleuth Cait Morgan investigates a chilling cold case from a university in Budapest.


A gig as guest lecturer at the university in Budapest should have been a dream job for a travelling criminologist and food lover. But wherever Cait Morgan goes, murder seems to follow. One of Cait’s new students pleads with her to solve the mystery of her grandmother’s brutal slaying. She agrees, but when she is repeatedly hassled by a weird colleague, and as bizarre details about the student’s family members come to light, Cait is beset by uncertainty.

As she gets closer to the truth, Cait's investigation puts the powers-that-be on high alert, and her instincts tell her she's in grave danger. Bud races to Budapest to come to Cait's aid, but will it be too late?

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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Editorial Reviews

Have you been missing those delightful mystery-travelogue works from Lyn Hamilton? Say hello to Cathy Ace and her intrepid sleuth, Cait Morgan, a Welsh-Canadian professor with a predilection for investigating crime. This is the eighth book in this series and I have somehow missed the other seven. Based on this one, the series is a winner. Cait is in Budapest, not enjoying herself. Her husband is back in Canada, her colleagues in Hungary are a dozy lot, and now a student wants her to find out who murdered her grandmother. Trouble is, granny died 40 years ago. This is a very old, very cold case. Nevertheless, Cait agrees to investigate – boredom can do that to you. This is a terrific light mystery with a wonderful setting and Ace is, well, an ace when it comes to plot and description.

The Globe and Mail

"Cait Morgan is traveling again – this time to Budapest – where an older unsolved crime is stirring up new trouble. Cathy Ace’s series is perfect for those that love travel, food, and/or murder (reading it, not committing it)."

BOLO Books blog

"Another very satisfying story from Cathy Ace . . . The scene is set, the puzzle posed and Cait uses her wit and ingenuity to survive threats and danger to arrive at a satisfactory solution. A very strong addition to this very appealing series."


Cait Morgan's eighth mystery, The Corpse with the Ruby Lips, is included on 49th Shelf's Fall Preview.

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Quill & Quire's Fiction Fall Preview includes Cait Morgan's newest adventure, The Corpse with the Ruby Lips.

Quill and Quite

"Cathy Ace has a unique writing style that captures you from page one and doesn’t let go . . . I recommend all the books in this series."

Escape with Dollycas blog

"Cait is someone you’d like to have as a friend . . . The mystery is a complex one. The setting of Budapest adds flavor . . . Just keep in mind, not everyone tells the truth, not everyone is who they say they are, and people should be careful what they wish for—the reality of getting the wish granted can have long-lasting consequences."

King's River Life Magazine

"Suspenseful . . . I would recommend [The Corpse with the Ruby Lips] to anyone who loves a good mystery."

Books, Dreams, Life blog

"Cait is a great protagonist, intelligent, curious, meticulous . . . [The Corpse with the Ruby Lips] is a fun, smart and cozy mystery . . . Highly recommended."

Libri Amori Miei blog

"Fabulous . . . A pleasure to read. I highly recommend The Corpse with the Ruby Lips."

MysteriesEtc blog

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