The Corpse with the Garnet Face is the seventh book in the popular Cait Morgan series by Cathy Ace. In my interview with Cathy Ace, she states “Cait’s pretty close to my heart.  She shares a good deal of my background and, like me, she’s a Welsh Canadian psychologist.  Unlike me, she applied her psychological training to criminology.  I love that the series takes the reader to a variety of countries.  Many of which Cathy has visited in her previous career.

As the story opens, Cait’s husband, Bud, discovers that he has a long-lost uncle, Jonas, that has recently died.  Bud’s mother has only bad memories of him and after he left, the family never spoke of him again.  However, Bud is Jonas’  heir with the request that he deliver a few gifts to his friends and find out about the life he built for himself in Amsterdam.

Despite his mother’s misgivings, Bud and Cait travel to Amsterdam and learn about Jonas and see the see the world he has created for himself based on his passion for art.

Of course as this is a mystery, not everything is as it seems and they find themselves in a search for the truth.

This story combines three things that I love: mystery, travel and art.  I also love Cathy’s voice.  Reading one of her books is like talking with a friend.  They are quick and enjoyable.  Once in a while she waxes poetic.  In this book, one of the comments that struck me was Cait’s statement “One of my weaknesses is that I always want to fix everything for everyone.  And I can’t.  Life can’t always be fixed.”   It is something to think about.

I strongly recommend this book and this series in general.

5 Stars out of 5.


In accordance with FTC guidelines for reviewers, I would like to clarify that this book was provided to me by the publisher free of charge.  I am not compensated by the author or publisher for my review. All they expect is an honest review of the work.