The sixth installment in the Cait Morgan mystery series, a classic whodunit featuring an eccentric and funny female sleuth set on a Hawaiian cruise ship. Cait and Bud have set sail on a romantic and worry-free Hawaiian honeymoon cruise, but when a man drops dead at their card table, Cait can’t help but lend her expertise. The sudden death appears to have been from natural causes, but Cait suspects something sinister, and with only two days left at sea—and thousands of possible suspects—she and Bud join the head of security in an investigation. However, the unique circumstances of an at-sea investigation mean their involvement cannot be official, and Cait must lean on her charm to conduct her own covert interviews. The case of The Corpse with the Diamond Hand will have you marveling at Cait’s cleverness as she brings yet another murderer to justice.
Sissy: We are late in the game for reading the Cait Morgan mystery series by Cathy Ace, having just jumped in at book 6, The Corpse With The Diamond Hand. In it, we are introduced to eccentric Welsh professor Cait Morgan, who is a criminologist with perfect recall and eidetic memory. Bubby had never heard of such a thing before, so I explained to her from my great font of knowledge that eidetic memory allows one to recall events with vivid and realistic images and details. You can imagine how valuable that sort of gift is when trying to solve a murder mystery. I would say that this mystery was very procedural in the way Cait and her retired police detective husband Bud went about solving things and I was quite drawn in and fascinated with the whole process.
Bubby: I was drawn in by the cover. In fact, by all the covers in this series. They remind me of old novels, especially the original Nancy Drew novels, that you’d find in the dusty bookshelves at Grandma’s house. The story inside, however, is very modern and current. The bulk of this particular story is set on board a luxury cruise ship, with scenic locations in Hawaii making up the rest. Cathy Ace is so descriptive in her writing that I could almost feel the salt air, hear the seagulls and taste the poi (blech!).
Sissy: Yes, our victim is known for carrying around a pot of poi, which I cannot for the life of me imagine anyone doing for any reason. Sorry, poi lovers. Cait and Bud are actually on the cruise ship for their honeymoon, which makes me want to go back and read the previous novels so that I can know the full story of their meeting and courtship. They kind of remind me of Booth and Brennan from the TV show Bones, don’t you think, Bubby?
Bubby: Yes, there are a lot of similarities there, except I don’t think Bud is nearly as hot of a piece of man-hunk as David Boreanaz, but honestly, who is? There were so many twists and turns and revelations during the plot of The Corpse With The Diamond Hand. I was guessing right up until the end, not only about who the murderer was but also about who was lying and who was covering up secrets and scandals. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but let’s just say that there’s a bigamist, a pick-pocket, a drug-dealer, and a clown in the cast of characters and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Sissy: We should ask the author what Bud looks like. He might be a middle-aged looker–you never know. The whole novel is so cleverly done, from the double references in the title to the plays on words in character’s names to the wholly surprising revelations at the end. Brilliant writing, Cathy Ace. Those looking for an interesting, funny, intelligent mystery series need look no further.
Bubby: For once I have nothing left to say and I completely agree with my sister. 5 more books to put on my ever-increasing TBR pile…Don’t forget to enter the drawing to WIN a copy of The Corpse With the Diamond Hand.
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About the author:
Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. Her series has found her criminal psychologist, foodie sleuth stumbling upon Corpses with a Silver Tongue, a Golden Nose, an Emerald Thumb, Platinum Hair, Sapphire Eyes and, now, a Diamond Hand during her globetrotting. The winner of The Bony Blithe Award for Best Light Mystery in 2015, when not helping Cait solve traditional, closed-circle mysteries, Cathy’s a keen gardener, ably assisted by her green-pawed chocolate Labradors.
We received a copy of this title in return for a fair and honest review.