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Welsh Canadian globetrotting sleuth, and professor of criminal psychology, Cait Morgan, is supposed to be “celebrating” her fiftieth birthday in Jamaica with her ex-cop husband Bud Anderson. But when the body of the luxury estate’s owner is discovered locked inside an inaccessible tower, Cait and her fellow guests must work out who might have killed him – even if his murde ...more
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Published June 29th 2020 by Four Tails Publishing Ltd.
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
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A locked room, a dead host, and a crystal skull . . . who knew turning 50 in Jamaica could bring so much drama. Then again drama does follow Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson everywhere they go. Bud inviting his friends Jack and John with their significant others has Cait thinking there is something else going on besides their holiday and celebration. In fact, they could be suspects in the murder of dear Freddie.

After nine stories in this series, you would think I would know Cait M
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Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
4.5 stars. Review originally published onThe Bookwyrm's Hoard blog on 7/01/2020.

Cait Morgan brings her eidetic memory, analytical mind, and psychologist’s insight to bear when a Jamaican holiday turns out to be anything but festive… and rather more of a busman’s holiday for Bud and his “retired” friends and colleagues, Jack and John. When the host of their holiday rental — an estate once owned by the privateer-cum-Lieutenant Governor, Sir Henry Morgan — is found dead in a locked room, the trio,
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Elena Taylor
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, series
The Corpse with the Crystal Skull is a delightful addition to Cathy Ace's Cait Morgan series.

Cait Morgan makes for a terrific protagonist, witty, clever, and deftly human in her insecurities, she uses her training in criminal psychology and eidetic memory to help solve a murder that stumps the local police, not to mention Cait's husband and his cohorts who are visiting Jamaica for more than just a little R and R.

The supporting characters are equally engaging. My enjoyment of this book came as mu
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Charlotte Morganti
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of light mysteries and locked room murders will enjoy The Corpse with the Crystal Skull, the ninth title in Cathy Ace’s Cait Morgan series. Cathy Ace is an accomplished writer, with many titles to her credit. In Cait Morgan, the author gives readers an entertaining middle-aged lead character, who is blessed with a photographic memory, something that enables her to recall details others might miss. Set in Jamaica, and seasoned with intrigue and Henry Morgan’s buried treasure, the novel dishe ...more
Nada Sobhi
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm super excited to read another of Cathy Ace's books in the Cait Morgan Mystery series.

This time Ace brings The Corpse with the Crystal Skull, where Cait Morgan and her husband Bud Anderson travel to Jamaica along with 4 of their friends.

It's been a while since I'd read for Ace and this book references some of the events that happened in the previous one, namely The Corpse with the Ruby Lips (which I read in 2016!). I don't remember the events of the last book so I felt a bit disconnected at
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KSue
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book, the ninth in Cathy Ace’s Cait Morgan series, is a gem.

Cathy’s plots are always devious and twisted, surrounded by wonderful complex and interesting characters, and set in fabulous locations around the world. What is not to love about a murder that happens behind a locked door in the castle tower on the island of Jamaica. Cait, celebrating her “50th birthday,” with all the worries about reaching that milestone, Bud and four friends are enjoying a little rest and relaxation…or are they
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Ann
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good series. Smart and well planned with a lot of little twists and turns.
Welsh Canadian globetrotting sleuth, and professor of criminal psychology, Cait Morgan, is supposed to be “celebrating” her fiftieth birthday in Jamaica with her ex-cop husband Bud Anderson. But when the body of the luxury estate’s owner is discovered locked inside an inaccessible tower, Cait and her fellow guests must work out who might have killed him – even if his murder seems impossible. Could the death of the
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This novel was a compelling read for me. Filled with well developed characters that had me exclaiming aloud, a location where I was familiar, foods that made me drool, and not least, a story plot that had the pages of the book flying.

Cait Morgan is in Jamaica with husband, Bud, and their closest friends. Cail is celebrating her half century Birthday, or so she was led to believe. Soon, it becomes apparent that this trip is more about secret missions (remind you of James Bond?)

Then the host of t
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Eleanor Jones
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So excited to get hold of a new Cait Morgan! I’m huge fan of the series and this one does not disappoint. Absolutely love the setting and Cathy is a master of the locked room mystery. Each character is memorable, and the story has stayed with me since I finished a few weeks ago. Felt like I was right there in the historic home and around the island, right down to the heat. Cracking good writing with an intricate puzzle to solve. Not just a who done it but it who’s who as Cathy learns more about ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
As usual with this series this is an excellent, enthralling locked-room mystery. I've never been to Jamaica, but the author provided a very good sense of place. I really enjoyed the history, along with the possibility of missing treasure. And I loved the mentions of Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys — some of my childhood favorites! In addition to the mystery, Cait is faced with an unpleasant view of herself. The characters are well-realized and believable, while the plot is extremely ...more
Nina Mazzo
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author Cathy Ace has always captured her readers from page one and this new Cait Morgan doesn't disappoint. With a stunning Jamaican setting she sets up a story within a story, characters to root for and of course those you would like to - well you know what I mean. Her writing is crisp and I enjoy the added research as I follow the plot. Let's not forget she sets us up with a locked room mystery and a clever end. If you have not read the other books in the series no worries you can pop right in ...more
B Howard
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Cait Morgan cozy murder mystery that takes place in a pirate's tower built in the 1600s next to a residence on Jamaica. I mostly enjoyed this very much. Great location and plot. Cait was sometimes annoying and I didn't like the soap-opera turns in the plot. But a great ending. Copyright 2020. ...more
Elizabeth Dodd
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
While not the tightest entry in this series, this is an eminently enjoyable story.
The Jamaicans were a little cliched for my liking.
The cloak and dagger was interesting.
The solution was very much of our time. (No spoiler here!)
Kathleen Freeman
I like travelling the world with Cait and Bud, in this book I loved the descriptions of the food. I really like the wrap up at the end and how Cait reveals the murderer.
Sonja van der Westhuizen | West Words Reviews
The ninth adventure in the Cait Morgan series, The Corpse with the Crystal Skull, sees the Welsh-Canadian criminology professor heading to Jamaica with her husband and friends for her 50th birthday celebrations. As you probably already know, whether it’s a small English village or an island in the Caribbean, whenever a sleuth turns up somewhere in a cosy mystery bodies start piling up.

Full review on my blog and the Crime Fiction Lover website: https://westwordsreviews.wordpress.co...
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Cathy Ace was born and raised in Swansea, Wales, but has now migrated to Canada. Having traveled the world for many years, for both business and pleasure, Cathy put her knowledge of the cultures, history, art, and food she encountered to good use in The Cait Morgan Mysteries – a series of traditional closed-circle murder mysteries featuring a globetrotting Welsh-Canadian professor of criminal psyc ...more

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