Book Title: The Corpse with the Ruby Lips
Book Genre: Traditional mystery
Release Date: October 18th 2016 (Canada) November 1st 2016 (USA)
Synopsis: A trip to teach at the Hungarian University of Budapest without her beloved husband, Bud, means criminology professor Cait Morgan is supposed to concentrate on work. Instead she’s drawn into investigating a cold case connected to one of her students, which certainly involved her own campus back in Canada, and might have links to the Cold War. Caught in a web of secrecy and lies, Cait finds herself in more danger than she thought possible.
Excerpt: “I’d like you to help me find out who murdered my grandmother,” said Zsófia.
I was so taken aback by this that I didn’t speak for at least five seconds, which is a long time for me.
“Your grandmother was murdered?” She nodded. “I’m terribly sorry to hear it, Zsófia, but I don’t think that’s something I can help with. Surely it’s a matter for the police.” I was puzzled. “It’s not something I should, or could, become involved with. An ongoing murder inquiry is—”
“It’s not a current inquiry,” whispered Zsófia. “The case was dropped back in the 1970s. And I know you can’t help right now, while you’re here in Hungary. I am asking you to help when you get back to Canada. That’s where it happened, you see. It is a cold case now, but I need to know what happened. My mother, she will not speak to me about it.” She furtively glanced around the grand room. “There are eyes and ears everywhere, I cannot say more.”
I, too, glanced about—but couldn’t see anything except a pretty normal-looking smattering of restaurant patrons. I was having trouble piecing together the information she was giving me in a way that made sense. “Your grandmother was murdered in Canada?” She nodded. “And the case has been shelved since the seventies?” More nodding. “So why do you want me to look into it, now? Wouldn’t it be easier to sit down with your family and speak to them about it?”
The girl’s eyes filled with tears. “Mama can’t speak of it. It hurts her so much. And there’s no one else I can really speak to about it. Uncle was there too, but he—he can’t be relied upon.”
“In what way can’t he be relied upon?”
“His recollection of those times is not good. And poor Mama is not capable of doing it. Please help me? You are a professional in criminology. You teach where my grandmother was killed. When you return to Canada you will be on the spot where it happened.”
About the author: Cathy Ace’s criminal psychologist, and overindulgent-foodie sleuth, Cait Morgan, has stumbled upon Corpses with a Silver Tongue, Golden Nose, an Emerald Thumb, Platinum Hair, Sapphire Eyes, a Diamond Hand, a Garnet Face and Ruby Lips during her globetrotting. Ace’s other series features the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency (one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish, and one English) who solve quintessentially British cases from their stately home-based office in rural Wales. BC bestselling author Cathy Ace won the 2015 Bony Blithe Award for Best Canadian Light Mystery for The Corpse with the Platinum Hair. Find out more about Cathy on her website.