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The Case of the Dotty Dowager

(2015)
(The first book in the WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery series)
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“An utterly charming country house mystery with modern touches.” Crimefictionlover

“A delightful new cozy series with a lovely setting and four loveable heroines.” cayocosta72

"Charming, quirky and completely entertaining!" Hank Phillippi Ryan

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MURDER MYSTERY SERIES.

Meet the Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency: Mavis, Annie, Carol and Christine. One is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English. Hence the name.

Henry Twyst, eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth, is convinced his mother is losing her marbles. The dowager claims to have seen a corpse on the dining-room floor, but all she has to prove it is a bloodied bobble hat.

A BODY IN THE DINING ROOM. A BEAUTIFUL OLD MANSION. FOUR LADIES WHO WILL SOLVE THE MYSTERY.

Henry hires the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency. The duke wants the strange matter explained.

But the truth of what happened at the Chellingworth Estate, set in the rolling Welsh countryside near the quaint village of Anwen by Wye, is more complex, dangerous, and deadly, than anyone could have foreseen . . .

Perfect for fans of Stella Cameron, Faith Martin, Agatha Christie, Frances Evesham, Betty Rowlands, or M.C. Beaton.

THE DETECTIVES
The WISE Enquiries Agency consists of Mavis, Annie, Carol and Christine. One is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English, hence the name. Drawn together by chance – and a killer – the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency turned their backs on their previous careers to work together to help others. Combining their unique skills, and reveling in their differences, they’re doing their best to make the business succeed. But being private investigators isn’t a bed of roses – there are bills to pay, clients to be managed, and dangers to be faced. Can they manage to do it all, and survive?

A CLASSIC COUNTRY HOUSE MYSTERY BROUGHT BANG UP TO DATE. MORE BOOKS COMING SOON!

PRAISE FOR THIS BOOK

"Start with an irresistible premise, confound expectations with four top-notch characters, and we're off." Catriona McPherson

“A gratifying contemporary series in the traditional British manner with hilarious repercussions. Cozy fans will anticipate learning more about these WISE ladies.” Library Journal Starred Review

"The Case Of The Dotty Dowager has everything you could want in a murder story: a body in the dining room, a duke's ancestral home, and four brilliant ladies working together to solve the case." James W Ziskin

THE WISE ENQUIRIES AGENCY MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER
Book 2: THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER
Book 3: THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS COOK
Book 4: THE CASE OF THE UNSUITABLE SUITOR

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"Start with an irresistible premise, confound expectations with four top-notch characters, and we're off! THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER is a fun-packed romp through three of the four UK nations, where everything from outlandish antiques to this-minute technology adds up to a devious, delicious, disarming debut. Can't wait to meet the WISE women again in book two." - Catriona McPherson

"Charming, quirky and completely entertaining! This clever contemporary take on the traditional mystery will have you smiling on every page. The talented Cathy Ace has created an endearing quartet of heroines--hurray for WISE, and I cannot wait for the next adventure!" - Hank Phillippi Ryan

"The women of the WISE (Welsh-Irish-Scots-English) Enquiries Agency are a lovely diverse bunch who sort out a variety of personal problems while investigating a corpse seen by an 80 year old (but not yet dotty) dowager with only a bloody (literal, not expletive) bobble cap for evidence. I was drawn by the deceptively light, deft tone which which gives a poignancy to exchanges such as: 'I have never used that word [senile], Mother.' 'You don't have to say it, Henry. I can hear you think it!' And I loved the posh Welsh setting and the enchanting McFli!" - Ovidia Yu

"THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER has everything you could want in a murder story: a body in the dining room, a duke's ancestral home, and four brilliant ladies working together to solve the case. Think MISSION IMPOSSIBLE meets Lord Peter Wimsey, except the sleuths are Welsh, Irish, Scottish, and English ladies of varying ages and descriptions. THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER is a traditional mystery that manages to be classic and thoroughly modern at the same time. Enjoy this one over a nice cuppa, but don't spill it when things get exciting." - James W Ziskin


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Hardback Editions

October 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A cosy mystery set in Wales: 1 (A Wise Enquiries Agency Mystery)
Author(s): Cathy Ace
ISBN: 0-7278-7292-3 / 978-0-7278-7292-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Large Print
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March 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A cosy mystery set in Wales: 1 (A WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery, 1)
Author(s): Cathy Ace
ISBN: 0-7278-8495-6 / 978-0-7278-8495-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
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Paperback Editions

December 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A cosy mystery set in Wales (A Wise Enquiries Agency Mystery): 1
Author(s): Cathy Ace
ISBN: 1-84751-591-6 / 978-1-84751-591-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Trade Paperback
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Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER a cozy Welsh murder mystery full of twists (WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): CATHY ACE
Publisher: Joffe crime thriller and cozy mystery
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