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Lady Takes the Case

(Manor Cat Mystery #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When a dinner party turns deadly, the feisty Lady Cecilia Bates and intuitive cat Jack are on the case, in this first entry to an exciting new historical-mystery series.

England 1912. Danby Hall is the only home Lady Cecilia Bates has ever known. Despite the rigid rules of etiquette and her mother the Countess of Avebury's fervent desire to see her married off, Lady Cecilia
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Berkley Books
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Minx
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
True Rating 3.5 stars :D

In Lady Takes the Case, the Bates family line has been a proud one that has worked very hard throughout the centuries to properly maintain its holdings and the Danby Hall estate but unfortunately for the current generation it looked as if the estate would be facing a changing of hands. Though, with the end in sight, this family would not go without a fight, doing everything they could to keep Danby Hall. The one thing that could be done immediately was marry off either of
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The Lit Bitch
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
As soon as this book appeared on my desk I was eager to read it. I thought the cover was pretty and I love lady detective novels so basically this book was a must read for me.

I was looking for something light and just fun since I had come off reading a few heaver read, it sounded perfect.

This book boasts a well known romance writer writing under a pseudonym, though we are never told who the well known writer is. I was curious to see how that translated into a mystery novel, and I was admittedly
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Barbara Rogers
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Manor Cat Mystery #1
Publication Date: 11/26/19
Number of Pages: 304
*** 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 ***

This book covers a lot of firsts – I believe it is the first book by the author, it is the first book in this series and it is my first read by this author. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to request this book because I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a talking, magical cat or – well – something else. Happily, it turns out it is just a normal cat doing normal cat things and the
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Betty
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book in the Manor Cat series and a new author for me. The story is easy to read and very formulaic of a gothic novel. I realize the major turn early but there are several other turns. I did enjoyed the book and look forward to the next book.
It is 1912 England is in period where the economy has slack off. The Bates family is in trouble and might loose the Estate. The answer the heir must wed a wealthy heiress and an American Annabelle Clarke heiress and her maid Jane arrive at the Manor
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
3.5 stars - This was so much fun! I was recovering from surgery and this book was the PERFECT read during this time. It's a historical mystery that takes place at a manor house in England. There's the upstairs/downstairs drama, some romance, a murder, dinner parties, and more. If you like Downton Abbey, you will enjoy this one! Full review to come.
Daniele
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
LADY TAKES THE CASE is the splendid debut of the Manor Cat Mystery series, taking place in England 1912, by Eliza Casey. Historical mysteries are my favorite sub-genre, and there is much to love between these pages.

The aristocratic Bates family faces a dire future if Lord and Lady Avebury do not find a way to infuse their land rich yet monetarily poor estate with funds. The quickest way to do this appears to be marrying their son Patrick off to American heiress Annabel Clarke even though they
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Susan
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The only thing that will keep the Earl of Avebury and his family afloat is a wealthy marriage, and who is coming for a visit but a beautiful American heiress. With any luck, she'll fall for the earl's handsome, scholarly son. But when a member of the house party dies suddenly and the local doctor thinks it's poison, the son--a botanist--becomes a suspect, and his sister, Lady Cecilia, decides to investigate. She's suspicious of a lot of people, but befriends the heiress's lady's maid, also an ...more
Kat
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars out of 5

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Lady Takes the Case is a charming, but formulaic cozy mystery set in England in 1912. Set in the ancestral home of the aristocratic Bates family, the Bates family has fallen on harder times as of late, and are in danger of losing their home if they do not wed either Cecilia, or her brother, Patrick, to someone with money. During a dinner party held in honour of Annabel Clark, a young, rich, American heiress, one of the party guests
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Debbie
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
"Lady Takes the Case" is a historical mystery set in 1912 in England. I enjoyed the main characters, but there were so many loose ends and vague explanations that I was left baffled and unsatisfied by the end. For example, they found several suspicious bottles (and other apparent clues) that were never explained. The woman that showed up at the very end never explained where she had been. A character who was drunk in one scene managed to shoot an arrow with superb accuracy just minutes later. A ...more
Homerun2
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

This likable debut of a historical cozy series is set in pre World War I England. Lady Cecilia Bates and her brother Patrick and parents live in a grand but fading estate called Danby. Cecilia and Patrick need to marry well to insure the survival of their home.

An acquaintance has suggested Annabel Clarke, a rich American heiress, might be the answer. Patrick is a botanist and neither he nor Cecilia is terribly interested in society and the London season. Soon Annabel and her new maid
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Jessi
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cecelia knows there's something wrong at Danby. Paintings and other knock knacks have gone missing but no one is kicking up a fuss. Plus, it's just expensive to be in the upper classes of England these days. Her parents are trying to get her married off (lovingly, but there is still pressure) and they've invited am American heiress to a house party in the hopes that she will fall in love with Cecelia's brother, Patrick.
There is a brief moment of horror when the ship the heiress is on sinks but
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Katie
I received this ARC from NetGalley and I am glad they shared it with me because I passed a very pleasant Sunday afternoon reading it. I won’t restate what the book is about since that will be done by others. It doesn’t take long to read and I enjoyed the storyline although I was caught by surprise in the end. I was wondering why it was called a Manor Cat Mystery. Is it because cats are cute and it will draw more people in to read the book? I never got the sense that the cat was the main ...more
Elissa
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a fun historical cozy mystery. Set in 1912, Lady Cecilia's mothers marital attentions have shifted onto Cecelia's brother, Patrick. When one of the guests dies in the middle of a dinner meant to introduce a wealthy American heiress to Patrick Lady Cecilia sets out to make sure her brother, with his interest in botany isn't arrested as a poisoner. Danby Hall is a wonderful setting and the characters are charming. The mystery was easily worked out but I look forward to see what is next fro ...more
Sue
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Slow moving and so predictable it felt like I could have written most of the ending by the 30% mark. Even the slight plot twist to the ending didn't redeem it. And the "cliffhanger" just seems silly and gratuitous. I really feel like the author milked this ridiculous plot line dry. Move on to something better already. And the "Manor Cat Mystery"? The cat in question really didn't play into it much....
Brenda Freeman
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice entry into the Victorian cozy genre. Lady Cecelia is not the one her parents are trying to match up this time, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t expected to not participate in the festivities. The mystery begins when her dinner partner ends up dead.
Meredith
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it

Excited to find a new series! The characters are interesting and it had a good story. I look forward to the next one.
Jen
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Disappointingly little about Jack, the "Manor Cat," but not bad for a cozy.
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