Book Review

‘The Case of the Dotty Dowager: A Cosy Mystery Set in Wales’ by Cathy Ace

tcotdd caSTORY: Meet the Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency. The first in a new series.

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

Worried enough to retain the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English Henry wants the strange matter explained away.

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 . . .

REVIEW: Henry Devereaux Twyst, the eighteenth Duke of Chellingworth, is a bachelor in his 50s, living on his enormous estate. He realizes the pressure for him to marry and produce an heir but he is quite happy as he is. His estate requires lots of money for upkeep and he has been forced to open part of it and the grounds to the public for tours. This irks him tremendously.

His sister, Clementine, is also unmarried and has a place in London where she lives a type of bohemien lifestyle. Her friends are artists and she loves attending parties with them. She drinks heavily and often utters quite inappropriate things.

Althea, the Dowager Duchess of Chellingworth, lives in the Dower House with her staff. So, when she phones Henry in the middle of the night to report finding a body in the dining room, he is quite concerned. When he arrives at the Dower House, there is no body there. Henry is certain that his mother is losing her mind. The alarm was on and it had not gone off. Since Althea is insistent that the body was there, Henry decides to call upon the WISE Enquiries Agency in London. This group consists of four women that don’t care to be called simply detectives. Currently, they are in dire need of some money to help them stay afloat so when the call comes from Henry, they are right on top of things and immediately set out to see what they can find.

Christine is the founder of the agency and the one who has made made contacts as she is related to Lord Wraysbury. Carol is pregnant so she is the one to stay in the office and do research and coordinate with the other ladies. Mavis used to be a nurse. Annie has had many different jobs but is quite good at chatting up people.

The ladies all become involved with the locals of the town to find out who might have reason to break into the estate and what could have happened to the body.

This is a cute and fast paced book that focuses on each of the personalities of the ladies thus giving us bits of humor here and there. I have not read the author’s books before but look forward to doing so.

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