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In the south of France, where hatred simmers in the heat, a man seemingly admired, and certainly feared, drops dead at a dinner party. All of the guests fall under suspicion, including Welsh-Canadian professor Cait Morgan. A criminologist who specializes in profiling victims, Cait sets out to solve the murder - and clear her name. Add to this the disappearance of an ancient Celtic gold collar said to be cursed and there you have the ingredients for a Nicoise salad of death, secrets, and lies.

Will Cait find the killer before she too falls victim to a murderer driven by a surprising and disturbing motive?The Corpse with the Silver Tongue is the first in the Cait Morgan mystery series, a classic whodunit series featuring the eccentric Professor Cait Morgan.

©2012 Cathy Ace (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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  • Sara
  • 17-09-2014

First Book in a New Mystery Series

This book was read by the author. Usually I am very wary of authors reading their own books. In this case, Cathy Ace did a good job getting all the sarcasm and nuisances of her writing out there perfectly.

To me this was a slightly shaky first book in a series. The best parts of the book are when the author is dealing with areas she knows well--Wales and Vancouver--places she is living or has lived. The trouble for me was that this is a destination mystery set in Nice, France. I know Nice very well and the "foodies" view of Nice misses the mark. The story could have been set anywhere--the place value of the setting was lost on me. I kept saying no no the character wouldn't have eaten there...they wouldn't have missed this or that. If you don't care about actualities and realities of Nice and the French Riviera then the book is entertaining.

Be forewarned --there is a great deal of talk about eating and food in the story. The character is always hungry. She also has the attitude of "if you don't have anything good to say about anyone come sit by to me"--this can be funny but also can be very taxing after awhile. All these quibbles aside I think the series has great potential
and I plan on listening to the next book.

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  • Sharon J.
  • 06-07-2014

Why?

The Mensa-Member-Genius heroine is in a delightful country for a handful of days & accepts a dinner invitation from a man she hasn't seen for years and completely despises. (Why?) At dinner with her host and several other guests she has never seen before, the host drops dead into his bowl of escargot, and she is immediately Chief Suspect. (Why?) Later, surrounded by the other suspects, a glass of beer appears out of nowhere when she is alone, so our Genius gulps it down. (Why?) When she subsequently wakes up in a pitch-black tunnel with a bad headache, she is groping her way out when she pauses briefly for a "Wakeful Dream" and presto! realizes the identity of the murderer, and also (gasp) that she herself is In Danger! (What?) While all of this goes on, she mutters (un)witty little asides to herself mentally. A thoroughly annoying heroine, equally unlikeable cast of characters, farcical plot. The synopsis was the only good thing about this book. Why, oh why, did I select it?

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  • SC Lady
  • 10-10-2020

Boring

I love mysteries, but just couldn’t engage with this one. Perhaps it was due to the author reading it.

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  • Gigi M
  • 20-04-2021

The perfect mystery series.

I am so glad to have found this series. The characters, story line and narrator definitely kept my attention. Cathy Ace narrates it perfectly! I was also impressed that it did not have gratuitous foul language, sex, or graphic violence - it did not need it to keep the story interesting.

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  • Debbie
  • 13-04-2021

Unique, Clean and Engaging Murder Mystery

This one grows on you as you listen, getting better and better as the story progresses. I'm glad that I stuck with it. Professor Cait Morgan, a university psychologist who specializes in profiling criminals has a photographic memory. Living in Canada, but originally from Wales, Cait is off to Nice, France for an international symposium, where she is invited to a dinner hosted by an old acquaintance. At that dinner, the unthinkable happens, her host dies, right in front of her and all his guests. An investigation shows that he was murdered, and as a foreigner, Cait is high on the suspect list. The arrogant, wealthy man had no shortage of enemies, and Cait's training comes in handy, particularly to get her own hide out of the fire. The local authorities are not interested in hearing her opinion, however, so she calls her good friend and police investigator, Bud back in Canada for advice. The case is complicated and leads in a variety of directions which I found to be very intriguing. Like a great puzzle, Cait works diligently to put the pieces together, putting herself at risk as she does so. It all comes together beautifully in the end, and unlike other listeners, I loved the conclusion.

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  • RKNS
  • 02-05-2021

Just not for me

I read the other reviews, so I know at least some people really liked this book, and it was free so I listened to the end, hoping it would improve. A tedious undertaking: I found the characters poorly depicted and uncompelling; the plot tortured and silly; and the narrator’s voice gratingly unpleasant. Try a sample before using a credit! Authors aren’t often good readers/actors.

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  • Heather Romaine
  • 02-08-2019

Ugh with the pitting of women against each other.

To be fair, I didn't make it far into the book... The performer was wonderful, I really liked her style and I was so very excited to find this series as I love a brilliant female protagonist but as we wade in we are treated to stereotypical pitting of female characters against the other and I've had enough.
To me, it is too easy a trope.

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  • Ijw
  • 11-04-2021

pretty good till the end

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it is a well written story. the characters are interesting and engaging if not heartwarming. the mystery is complex enough to keep you guessing. the main character has a mix of flaws that she manages to overcome mostly. the author reading the book gives you a good performance but listen to the sound bite first because if you don't like that you won't like the rest.

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the main character is a Mary Sue. for most of the book it doesn't detract from the story too much. but the author has made her too smart and talented. it's funny when the other characters point this out. the police are always perfect and judges are bad we're told twice. this is offensive because it perpetuates a stereotype.

personally I need to trust an author to carry me through a story without offending my trust in the author. when an author kills off a minor character, not important to the story, just for an obvious end that she tacks on - at the end-, I can't trust her anymore. it was too blatant to further the romantic interest of the main character in this way. you can skip the last chapter because this book goes from mystery to wish fulfillment in an ugly way.

I guess I'll read the next book unless it turns into a romance.

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  • Heather
  • 23-08-2021

Fun mystery

I was surprised at how well the author narrated her own book! Enjoyed the character development of professor Cait and her unusual cognitive gifts! Fun, satisfying mystery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-2021

Story stopped during chapter 15

Unable to hear the end of the story it stops abruptly during chapter 15 very frustrating to get so far into a story and not be able to finish it

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  • kabrol
  • 12-08-2021

Awful awful narration

Not sure I even made the third minute. Absolutely diabolical narration, like your least favourite primary school teacher who thought they were ace at story time. Actually painful monotone. Might be a good story, I’ll never know.

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