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Lady Takes the Case

(The first book in the Manor Cat Mystery series)
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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 can't imagine life anywhere else. But now, with an agricultural depression sweeping the countryside, the Bates family's possession of the hall is suddenly in peril.  

A possible solution arrives in the form of the imperious American heiress Annabel Clarke. The Earl and Countess of Avebury are determined that Cecilia's brother, Patrick, will win Annabel's hand in marriage—and her fortune along with it. To help the lackluster Patrick in this pursuit, the Bates and their staff arrange a grand house party upon the heiress's arrival. 

When a guest dies after sipping from a glass meant for Annabel, it's clear the Bates have a more poisonous problem on their hands than a lack of chemistry. As the scandal seizes Danby, Cecilia sets out to find the culprit, with help from Annabel's maid, Jane, and Jane's curiously intelligent cat, Jack. 

After the poison that someone had stashed away inside the manor is discovered, Cecilia is left with two possibilities: Either a resident of Danby snapped and tried to kill the arrogant heiress, or the threat is coming from one of their guests, who would love to see the Bates family's decline become permanent.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"Eliza Casey has a real flair for creating fascinating characters in an exciting moment in history!" - Tessa Arlen

"Downton Abbey's got nothing on stately Danby Hall. When a murder occurs, the suspects are plenty and it's up to Lady Cecilia Bates to solve the crime in this charming romp by Eliza Casey. I'll be counting the days until the next book in the series arrives." - Lorraine Bartlett

"Fans of Downton Abbey will be delighted in the setting, the smart and likable aristocratic heroine, her plucky American maid and the stowaway cat." - Rhys Bowen

"An absolute delight! I was immediately smitten with Danby Hall and Lady Cecilia and, of course, her investigating sidekick Jack the cat. Eliza Casey has penned a truly clever mystery, rich with engaging characters and robust with historical details. I can't wait for a return visit." - Jenn McKinlay

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Paperback Editions

November 2019 : Paperback

Title: Lady Takes the Case: 1 (Manor Cat Mystery)
Author(s): Eliza Casey
ISBN: 1-984803-88-3 / 978-1-984803-88-7
Publisher: Berkley - Us
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Audio Editions

December 2019 : USA Audio CD

Title: Lady Takes the Case (The Manor Cat Mysteries)
Author(s): Eliza Casey
ISBN: 1-66448-527-9 / 978-1-66448-527-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing
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November 2019 : USA Audio edition

Title: Lady Takes the Case
Author(s): Eliza Casey
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

November 2019 : Canada Audio edition

Title: Lady Takes the Case
Author(s): Eliza Casey
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

November 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Lady Takes the Case (Manor Cat Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Eliza Casey
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU