Friday, July 22, 2016

Dead man talking....



Hello there, my name is….well, at the moment it’s Jonas de Smet though it hasn’t always been that. However, by the time you read this I’ll be dead, so my name won’t matter much at all.

I’ve lived here in Amsterdam for decades, though I was born in a different country, under a different light. I came here for the light. For the art. To be close to the works of a man whose talent had touched my very soul – Vincent Van Gogh. I dare say you’re familiar with some of his paintings; pretty much everyone in the world is, so why would you be any different? Sunflowers, Irises, Starry Nights…they are images so familiar to so many, yet the man remains a mystery. Like me.

This isn’t the only important letter I have sat down to write recently. I’ve given my mortality some considerable thought, as every elderly person must do, I suppose, and I’ve made some significant decisions. One of those decisions was to put matters in hand to ask my nephew, Bud Anderson – who’s a retired homicide detective with a particularly interesting new wife – to come to my home after my death and uncover my story. My true story. My full story. 

I’ve never met Bud, not his wife Cait Morgan, but I believe they will do as I ask, and undertake the journey I have planned for them. I understand they have much in common with each other, not the least of which is that they cannot turn their backs on a mystery that needs to be solved, nor an injustice that needs to be righted. So, yes, I believe they will travel from Canada and have an enlightening time here, in the Netherlands. I hope they enjoy art, interesting architecture, and good food and drink – because that is what they will find here, in abundance. They’ll also meet some of my oldest friends. I wonder what will be said about me, and by whom. I wish I could somehow be present to see how it all unfolds.

I cannot say more – to do so would reveal too much. And I have always been a man who has taken great care to not do that. 

You can undertake the journey of discovery through the art-world of Amsterdam with Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson in THE CORPSE WITH THE GARNET FACE. Cathy is giving away a signed copy to any reader in the US, UK or Canada. Please comment below and include your email in this format: yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com so the spambots can't pick it up. Contest will end at midnight EST on Monday, July 25th. 

Cathy Ace writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries. Book #7 THE CORPSE WITH THE GARNET FACE was published in paperback and e-format in April and book #8 THE CORPSE WITH THE RUBY LIPS will be published in October. She also writes the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries: book #2 THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER was published in hardback and e-format in February. Find out more about Cathy and her work, and sign up for her newsletter at http://cathyace.com/   

102 comments:

  1. Sounds good. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Glad you like the sound of it, Daniele, and thanks for entering :-)

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    2. Sounds very interesting. Ann Cox at marthaacox@gmail.com

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  2. Sounds a little bit bittersweet yet very intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Hello Grandma Cootie - I hope you succumb to the intrigue ;-)

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  3. I Would love to undertake the journey though y our book.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for entering Debby, and good luck :-)

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  4. Thank you, sounds like a good book. Do you put these on goodreads?Ninaatmyhouse(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hello there - glad you like the sound of it. You can find me and my work at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3913679.Cathy_Ace

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  5. Jonas, I'm looking forward to reading your story, and I'm sure that Bud and Cait are up to the challenge of their journey. Nicole :-)

    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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    1. Hello Nicole - I hope they're up to it too :-)

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  6. I like the titles in this series.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Glad you like the titles....they are great fun to come up with and, of course, have to fit the book :-)

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  7. Sounds great...very interesting way to start a Book and I would love to enter the contest...Great title too...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Glad you like the title - and good luck! :-)

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  8. Sounds like a good read. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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    1. Good luck - and glad you like the sound of it :-)

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  9. I would love to read this series! lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Maybe you can dive right in with this one....#7! :-)

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  10. This book looks great!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!
    magicgirl (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. Sounds intriguing! Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  12. Please enter me please Cathy as it's bound to be a good read like the others in the series. Pleased you have made it possible for people in the UK to enter. My email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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    1. Hello Carole - pleased to have my UK readers in with a chance too...and thanks for choosing to spend time with Cait :-)

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  13. Sounds interesting. Like that it's in another country.
    Get some travel in, as well as enjoyable hours with
    good people.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Armchair travel is always a good thing - no planes to catch! :-)

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  14. Another book to add to my tbr pile. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. It's always an honour to get onto a reader's TBR pile. Thanks you :-)

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  15. You have piqued my interest. I love to armchair travel via books. Thanks for the chance.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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    1. So pleased! Reading books set around the world is the BEST way to travel! :-)

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  16. I think I'd like to do some traveling with this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. You're welcome - and no need for a boarding pass! :-)

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  17. Interesting. Why does he think his life needs to be looked at? His death? Somehow I think it's more than a trip to the Netherlands for the art.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  18. I love the title of your book -- all your books have wonderful titles and are definitely attention grabbers. I would love to win a copy of The Corpse With The Garnet Face. Thanks for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. So pleased you like the titles - and am DELIGHTED they grab your attention :-)

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  19. This is my kind of read.can't wait.thanks for the chance

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    1. ...and you sound like my kind of reader :-)

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  20. I can't wait to read sounds so good! ptclayton2@aol.com also will review at 2 sites

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  21. Fascinating novel. Thanks for this interesting feature and wonderful giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  22. Your books allow me to dream, to travel and to enjoy intriguing and unique locales. Thanks for the giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. What a great handle - sounds like you and Cait Morgan already have something in common :-)

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  23. Thanks for the chance to win. This looks really good. Jlsbookclub (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com.

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    1. So pleased you like the look of it :-)

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  24. Would love to read this. Have added it to my TBR list brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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    1. Always delighted to have my work make it to a reader's TBR pile. Thanks :-)

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  25. I have one of your books.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. How exciting! Would enjoy reading it. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  27. Can't wait to read Cait Morgan mysteries -Thanks for the giveaways! key2117(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Yay! I hope the wait is over soon :-)

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  28. Sounds like Bud and Cait are going to have an Amsterdam adventure while solving a mystery. Thanks for the chance to win! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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  29. Sounds sooooooo interesting! Thanks.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it Karen :-)

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  30. Really enjoyed this post. The title was the first thing that caught my eye. And then reading the post? Am sure hoping that I can read this sooner rather than later. Thanks for the chance to do so. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. Thanks for your comments - I'll admit the title was a bit of a risk! Glad I took it :-)

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  31. I would enjoy reading this book. It sounds like one I would like.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Jackie - so pleased you like the sound of the book :-)

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  32. This sounds really good! Thank you for the chance to win!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks Carol - so pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  33. That's a new to me series!

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. How lovely to be able to say "I hope you meet Cait Morgan 'in person' soon!" :-)

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  34. Great review. Would really enjoy reading "The Corpse With the Garnet Face". The book sounds amazing.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Delighted you think the book sounds like a good read :-)

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  35. What a great new to me series to discover. utaker555(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. And great for me to have the chance to invite you to meet Cait Morgan "in person" :-)

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  36. What an interesting post! I have started this series & am working my way thru it. I have read The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries & love them. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to comment Doward - and thanks for all your support :-)

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  37. thank you for the giveaway this sounds so good! I have not seen anything written by you before, I love a new author I have not read I must search for more info Georgia
    queenvictoria50(at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by...and Welcome! I hope you enjoy poking around my website where you can find out about all my books :-)

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  38. This sounds like a terrific story. I want to find out what Bud finds out.

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it....and that you want to follow along with Bud and Cait :-)

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  39. This sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kelly - glad you like the sound of it :-)

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  40. This sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it! ioncookbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming back to leave your address, Kelly :-)

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  41. sounds like a good read! thanks for the chance to win! amandasmother at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks Charlene - glad you like the sound of it :-)

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  42. Sounds great. marthaacox@gmail.com

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  43. This is a new to me series that will have to go on my tbr list. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book. kayt18(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Always an honour to get onto a new TBR list - thanks :-)

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  44. This is a new series for me. Looks like I need to catch up. I be adding to my tbr list. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. I hope it's a new series you choose to jump into :-)

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  45. Hi Cathy, I'd love to add this book to my collection. So far I only own Silver, Gold and Emerald. I'd be thrilled to add Garnet (my birthstone) to the collection.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. I have not yet the series and am looking forward to reading. Jonas traveling to where Van Gogh lived peaks my interest as I love to visit The Met here in NYC to see the impressionist paitinings.
    Thank you for the chance.
    Suzieqsb(at)aol(dot)com.

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    1. I'm a huge fan of the Impressionist movement too :-)

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  47. How exciting! Thank you! Looks so interesting!! Cbalevre@ptd.net cbalevre(at)ptd(dot)net

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  48. Thanks for the opportunity!! How exciting!
    Cindy
    Cbalevre@ptd.net
    Cbalevre(at)ptd(dot)net

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  49. COOL! (the book AND the giveaway!)
    woofmew @ Aol.com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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