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

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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...more

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...more
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
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
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...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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dec 01, 2013 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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...more
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.
I'm giving Corpse a whole lot of benefit of the doubt since it's in one of my less favorite genre's. That might be a mistake, but I hate blasting a book if they don't deserve it. Maybe who-done-its have passed their day for me because Corpse was boring, boring, boring. A short book that stretched way too long.
Cliched writing. Read this because it was by a local author with some local references.
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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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