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The Case of the Uninvited Undertaker

(The eighth book in the WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery series)
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The women of the WISE Enquiries Agency should be enjoying the early summer with their loved ones, but find themselves facing a truly baffling case: a mysterious figure has been spotted in Anwen-by-Wye, heralding tragedy. Nerves in the village are frayed, and the skills of all four of our private investigators are needed to work out what’s going on – aided by Althea, dowager duchess of Chellingworth, of course.

When death strikes far too close to home for our beloved enquiry agents the stakes are raised in what has become a fatal game of cat and mouse…revealing dark secrets hidden by a person everybody thought they knew.

Meanwhile, Mavis finds an investigation into a suspicious nurse to be something of a threat to her own health and wellbeing, and the duke and duchess are busy organizing projects designed to help revitalize the Chellingworth Estate, though their proposals aren’t viewed favorably by all. Also - snatching time as a couple when they can - Annie and Tudor are considering their future, as are Christine and Alexander…though in different ways, and with some surprising outcomes.

The eighth book in this series presents the WISE women with challenges of both a professional and personal nature they’ve never faced before; join them to find out how they fare.

"...a perfect cozy with a setting and wit reminiscent of Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle. But its strongest feature is the heart and sensitivity with which Ace imbues her characters." The Jury Box, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine of The Case of the Absent Heirs

“...perfect reading for Anglophiles...should appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and MC Beaton.”

“A gratifying contemporary series in the traditional British manner”Library Journal starred review of The Case of the Dotty Dowager

“…cozy fans will find plenty to like…” Publishers’ Weekly

Ace spiffs up the standard village cozy with a set of sleuths worth a second look.” Kirkus Reviews

“…the people here felt like old friends I was catching up with after having been apart for a while” Amanda Bishop, Reviewer (Net Galley)

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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