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The Corpse with the Silver Tongue (Cait Morgan #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Published March 6th 2012 by Touchwood Editions
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Cait Morgan, a criminology professor in Canada, travels to France to present a paper for a colleague unable to attend a conference. She happens to run into an old boss and can’t escape an invitation to his wife’s birthday party. She can’t stand the man but decides to attend anyway. When the guy drops dead in the middle of dinner and the necklace he brought his wife as a birthday present disappears her quick trip to France turns into a real nightmare. Her French is not that good but knowing she i ...more
Stephen Legault
Disclosure: The Corpse with the Silver Tongue is published by TouchWood Editions, which publishes my mystery novels. So I have been extra-critical….)This review is from my blog:

Reading The Corpse with the Silver Tongue is like having a conversation with a charming, slightly quirky, and highly intelligent aunt that you heard stories about when you were a kid, but never spent much time with. The aunt in this case is Cait Morgan, a criminologist by training wit

Canada-based criminology professor, Cait Morgan, doesn’t mind presenting a paper in Nice, France. After all, the cuisine and warm sunny weather are certainly worth the trip. Bumping into a disliked former employer, however, dampens the idyllic setting, especially when he insists she attend his wife’s birthday party that evening. When her host keels over and dies at the dining table, this is just the start of a nightmarish weekend.

The Corpse with the Silver Tongue is Cathy Ace’s debut whodunnit a
If you’re looking for a book that will pull you into the story, put your thinking caps on, get involved with the characters, the history, and the colorful landscape surrounding a good mystery while the hours fly by… then you have come to the right place. You will get to know Professor Cait Morgan’s interesting character traits as she unravels and exposes the details that lead her to solving a mystery. While visiting the south of Frances Cait bumps into her old lying ex-boss Alistair Townsend. H ...more
Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
The Corpse with the Silver Tongue by Cathy Ace is a smart, fun, cozy thriller. Cait Morgan is a professor and ends up having to go to Nice in the south of France to do a presentation in place of a colleague. While there, she runs into an old boss who she doesn't really like, but feels obligated to accept his invitation to his wife's birthday dinner that evening. Cait attends the dinner, though it doesn't turn out at all like she expects. When her old boss drops dead, and everyone at the dinner p ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
This is a good book. The characters are vivid and interesting. Cait, the protagonist, seems to have a fascinating and rich past. She is fat and smart, with a sharp tongue and a big appetite. She's also a smoker.

The mystery is a classic "there is a dinner party and someone is murdered. Who in the group is guilty?" mystery. This means it is familiar, comfortable, and not gory or terrifying.

The whole thing takes place in France. Different nationalities are represented in the cast of characters: F
Cheryl Cooke Harrington
Reading the Corpse with the Silver Tongue (or rather, listening to it read by the author), I kept thinking how much I'd enjoy meeting the protagonist, Cait Morgan, in real life. She's a middle-aged, Welsh-Canadian criminologist, 'woman of size' with a brilliant mind who struggles a bit to cope in social situations. She's strong, capable, and opinionated but underneath, just wants to be liked. I think we'd get along famously. I certainly enjoyed tagging along as she followed clues and used her un ...more
This is a fun read for so many reasons:`the characters, the locations (the south of France, with a side-story in Vancouver, Canada) and, most of all, the storytelling. Some reviews I`ve seen say it`s in the classic tradition of Agatha Christie, and it is. But it`s not a pastiche of that style: the heroine is a modern woman, with a few quirks, and the way the author introduces different periods of history, a little romantic tension, and lots of food, adds different layers that carry the reader th ...more
Lynn Farris
‘The Corpse with the Silver Tongue’ is the first book in the Cait Morgan Mystery series by Cathy Ace. The main character, Cait Morgan, is a middle aged professor in criminology. Cait is Welsh by birth, but now working at a University in Canada. The story takes place in the south of France where Cait is presenting a paper. While she is relaxing at a bar in Nice, she happens to run into a former employer who invites her to his wife’s birthday party. At the dinner party, her former employer, Alista ...more
Sue Sharp

An interesting debut novel in this series, with full characters that aren't young, beautiful, and perfect. I liked the main character, Cait, because she is very bright, loves her food and is overweight, can be caustic and says what she thinks, though often just to herself (and the readers). Cait has a unique job as a criminology professor and also works with Vancouver police to do victim profiling. Her "photographic memory" also adds another unique twist and helps the reader visualize the scenes
This series is only for those who love classic old-fashioned murder mysteries. And even then, you have to be prepared to like this ironically.

The dialogue consists mainly of awkward exposition, the characters are largely ciphers, key plot points are telegraphed miles away, and our plucky heroine Cait Morgan has intellectual "gifts" that smell of deus-ex-machina.

And Cait isn't the most likeable detective. She's snobby, bossy, quick to judgment and pathologically self-centered. Still, there is so
The Corpse with the Silver Tongue by Cathy Ace is the book that introduces us to genius Canadian criminologist Professor Cait Morgan. At a dinner party that Cait attends, the guests are all poisoned, one fatally and an ancient necklace goes missing. It took me a while to become interested in the book, it seemed to start very slow, but by the end I did enjoy it. As we learn more about Cait's quirks and talents she becomes more interesting. A good first book but there seemed to be too much going o ...more
A great debut! Cait Morgan, a criminology professor, is presenting a paper in Nice when she runs into her old boss, a man she always detested. Well, who didn't? She reluctantly agrees to go to his party, only to become a suspect when he's murdered. There's a handsome Italian museum curator, a necklace that may be cursed, a dizzy gold digger, rumors of Nazi war crimes--but all Cait wants to do is get back home to her only two friends, a policeman she's worked with in the past, and his outgoing, w ...more
The middle-aged protagonist in this engaging mystery is a no-nonsense Welsh woman with a sharp mind and a photographic memory. A criminology professor at the 'University of Vancouver', Cait Morgan needs all of her wits to solve a perplexing murder in Nice, where she is attending an international symposium. I loved the way the murder took place on the first page---nothing like grabbing the reader's attention! This looks like an excellent mystery series, if this first book is any indication.
The first novel in the Cait Morgan Mystery series captivated me with well-drawn characters, a puzzle to solve involving plenty of layers, and an exotic setting. I would classify this novel as a traditional mystery, where good writing and a sufficiently intriguing mystery carry the story to a satisfying conclusion. I was happy to find an amateur sleuth (well, Cait is a criminologist, so not entirely amateur) who is not a skinny young thing. I will definitely read more Cait Morgan mysteries.
Kathleen Freeman
What a refreshing read - I enjoyed the fact that most of the main characters were "older" (ie. not in their twenties), Cait is confident in herself, despite the fact that she is not "perfect". Who could not love the setting and the food described...I also was glad that the main character told us how she figured out the mystery and there was a good wrap up at the end. Well done for a first book. Glad to add another "Canadian Author" to my list to watch.
Karen Boyles
Truly enjoyed this book. The plot was well written and it was just nice to read a murder mystery without all the sex scenes written in. As the book progresses you can start solving the mystery along with Cait much in the way of the works of Agatha and all of those great writers. I look forward to reading the rest of this series and many more as they are written to follow along with Cait and see how thing continue on in her life.
This mystery is in the vein of the classic holiday whodunit. Cait Morgan, a professor of criminology in Vancouver, Canada, is visiting Nice, France for the weekend. The murder pulls you into the story right away, and discovering who the dinner guests are and the secrets they guard keeps you turning pages.

The setup is ideal for the whodunit mystery – Cait is an outsider, who happens to be at the fatal dinner by a twist of fate. She knows she did not kill Alistair, but one of the five dinner guest
Interesting first book in a series. Main character Cait has some odd quirks and talents. She isn't always likeable and is judgmental at times. Mystery was plausible and no surprise characters so you can see the ckues if you are observant. Will wait for the next in the series to see where the interpersonal stff goes.
A really good debut mystery novel! The story was good, and the setting was terrific (Nice is one of my favorite places in the entire world). The main character was well-written, even if her specialness was a bit exaggerated. The only thing I didn't like was the tacked-on romance at the end.
Enjoyable. In the south of France where hatred simmers in the heat, a man seemingly admired, and certainly feared, drops dead at a dinner party. All of the guests fall under suspicion, including Welsh-Canadian professor Cait Morgan. A criminologist who specializes in profiling victims, Cait sets out to solve the murder—and clear her name. Add to this the disappearance of an ancient Celtic gold collar said to be cursed and there you have the ingredients for a Nicoise salad of death, secrets, and ...more
Lady Mary


A fun read with interestingly gentle insight to 'normal' female body type having adventures. I loved the story line and the bits of history heretofore unknown to me. Thank you, Cathy Ace.
Anna Levine
Prof. Cait Morgan is a character you want to spend time with. She draws you into her world. I love a good cozy and Cathy Ace knows just how to write them.
Eleanor Kuhns
Cait is an appealing heroine. I loved the historical elements and the location in the south of France isn't bad either. I plan to read the entire series.
I am not sure why I finished this book. I immensely disliked the narrator/'protagonist' in the story, Cait Morgan. This character was gratuitously snarky, snide, judgmental, and sarcastic. She seemed to wear all like some badge of honour, believing (as she repeatedly tells the reader throughout the book) that she is better and smarter than all around her. And yet, she is then a bit wistful that she has no real friends (beyond one couple back home). No friends?!? Really?!? Maybe your personality ...more
In contrast to Posted to Death, this was much more my cup of tea. I found myself liking the narrator within the first chapter (perhaps helped by the fact that she's an older character who's traditionally built, like myself), and the author quickly set the scene and sketched the characters, and she managed to capture the warmth and culture of the South of France very well. The mystery itself was an interesting one, even if I figured it out a bit before the end. I'll definitely read more of the bo ...more
I really had to force myself to get through this book. The main character is just SO petty and mean. I mean she thinks she is so much better than everyone and constantly talks about other people's perceived shortcomings. It really takes away from the story. And then the ending was completely odd and out of place.

Do your self a favour and avoid this book.
Quick, fun read. Nice makes a pretty great backdrop for a murder mystery. It sure made me want to go there for the food and wine!
Not sure if I want to continue with this series. It's not bad, I just am not really captivated by Cait.
Like many other reviewers I enjoyed the story, but found the heroine - Cait Morgan - insufferable. The resolution of the mystery also felt rushed in order to make room to resolve a sub-plot about Cait's love life that made me literally groan out loud.
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Welsh Canadian mystery author Cathy Ace is the creator of The Cait Morgan Mysteries. Born, raised and educated in Wales, Cathy enjoyed a successful career in marketing and training across Europe for twenty years before migrating to Vancouver, Canada. There she taught on MBA and Undergraduate marketing programmes at various Universities for a decade. Her eclectic tastes in art, music, food and drin ...more
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