The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer:
A cozy mystery set in Wales
(A WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery)
THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER BLOG TOUR
CAROLE’S BOOK CORNER GUEST BLOG BY CATHY ACE
Hello there, and thanks for having me along to visit today. I’m excited to have the chance to talk about THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER, the second WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery.
In case you didn’t know, the reason this detective agency has the name it does is that the four women who run it come from the four “Home Nations” of Britain. Let me introduce you to them…
Carol Hill is Welsh…in her mid-thirties, both happily married and happily pregnant, she’s delighted the company decided to leave its office in London and take up the offer of a very low rent for a converted barn on the state of Chellingworth Hall – the seat of the Twyst Family, who have been dukes of Chellingworth since the fifteenth century. Set in the rolling countryside of Powys, Wales, Carol’s delighted to be “home” in time to give birth to her first child. She’s also relieved that she’s able to use her manic computing skills to help people, and plans to keep working after her child is born, or else she’s afraid her brain will atrophy and fall out of her head!
Christine Wilson-Smythe is Irish – the daughter of an Irish viscount, no less. Unfortunately, her family is land-rich, but cash-poor, so Christine’s worked hard at her education and is pleased to now be a private investigator, having turned her back on a successful career in the City as an underwriter for Lloyds of London. She’s in her late twenties, and beautiful, but only knows that because others tell her so. Her colleagues all worry that she seems to think she’s immortal – which allows her reckless streak to be acted upon without concern. Having been wooed by some dreadful drips over the years, she’s now fallen for a highly unsuitable man – Alexander Bright…a man with a dark past, but a dashing charm.
Mavis MacDonald is stoically Scottish. A widowed, retired army nurse, she doesn’t take nonsense from anyone, and uses her good head for business to ensure the company turns a profit. She has two grown sons and grandchildren living in her native Dumfries, but has decided to continue her life of service by carrying out investigations she sees helping those who cannot be helped by the police service.
Annie Parker is English – a cockney to be exact, born within the sound of Bow Bells to parents who had migrated from St. Lucia. Her background as a receptionist in London mean she’s able to talk to people from most walks of life about most topics, which she does to great effect when working undercover for the agency – something she loves to do. Now that the agency has moved to Wales, Annie finds herself taking on cases in the cities of south Wales where her dark skin is less noticeable in their cosmopolitan communities than it is in the small Welsh village of Anwen-by-Wye where she now lives in a chocolate-box-worthy thatched cottage. Resolutely single, she’s sweating her way through her mid-fifties, a situation her colleagues believe is not helped by the fact she smothers all her food with hot sauce.
And there they are – the Welsh, Irish, Scottish and English women of the WISE Enquiries Agency. Oh, and I shouldn’t forget to mention that they are now being “helped” by Althea Twyst, the almost-octogenarian dowager duchess of Chellingworth who finds it difficult to differentiate between professional investigating and plain old sleuthing…Mavis, her new house-mate, is working on that!