Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Meet Edna Sweet, at her Sweet Olde Tea Shoppe (and enter for a GIVEAWAY!)



Hello there, my name’s Edna. Edna Sweet. Nice to meet you. If you’ve got stuck in traffic just outside Oxford – maybe on your way to see its famous spires and colleges – you might have seen the signposts to the village where I have my tea shop, or maybe not. It’s a small place, and we’re all rather glad we don’t get the tourists some of our neighbors do. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t good trade for me here. Indeed, since I opened my tea room a month or so back, it’s all gone a lot better than I could have dared hope. 


I think my toasted teacakes have a lot to do with my success; I use a family recipe and make them from scratch, every day. And I never use one of those nasty toaster things - no, I pop them under the grill at the top of the stove so they only toast on the cut surface where they’ll be buttered, leaving the underside nice and soft. Oh heck, have I given away a secret now? Ah well, you can try it at home if you like -  you’ll find it makes a big difference.


I’ve dreamed of owning a genteel tea shop in a quaint village since I was about ten years old when I was living in anything-but-quaint North London…and now I’ve finally made it happen. I spent weeks clearing out the place I bought; I’m surprised the previous owner hadn’t killed someone, the kitchen was in such a dreadful mess. But now everything’s just right: blue and white gingham tablecloths, dark wood tables and chairs, and a lovely big Welsh dresser bedecked with classic Willow Pattern china. Perfect. At least, that’s what I thought…until I overheard a conversation the other day that set me back on my heels. I’m wondering if I was mistaken…why on earth would anyone be talking about poison in my tea room?



You can meet Edna Sweet – and a host of other characters – in Cathy Ace’s brand new anthology MURDER KEEPS NO CALENDAR, which is available for pre-order at amazon.com now! GREAT NEWS…If you’re a fan of Cathy’s Cait Morgan Mysteries you can find out how Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson first met, and for those of you who enjoy spending time with the women in Cathy’s other series, The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, you can be there when the four women decide to set up in business together! 

The anthology contains eight novellas and four short stories – one for each month of the year – two of which have already been produced for BBC Radio 4. The book is available for pre-order on Kindle NOW, and print copies can reach you before Christmas...what a super gift idea - right? Enter today to win a print copy - Cathy will contact the winner on Thursday afternoon.

Click here for the print book
Click here for the Kindle book 



Leave a comment below by midday, Eastern, on Thursday 23rd November (with your name and an email address) and your name might be plucked from the proverbial hat to win a print copy of the book. Good luck! Open to anyone, anywhere in the world!

Cathy Ace is the Bony Blithe Award-winning author of The Cait Morgan Mysteries and The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries.  You can find out more about Cathy, her work and her characters at her website, where you can also sign up for her newsletter with news, updates and special offers: http://cathyace.com/

107 comments:

  1. From reading the above I know I'll enjoy this book. Thanks for giving me this opportunity. Ginger is my name, my address is: gheruska44(at)gmail(dot)com Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it, Ginger. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too :-)

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  2. Sounds great...thanks for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  3. Thanks for the contest! Awesome! My address is vboudreau57@gmail.com

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  4. I would love to visit a shop like that.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. So pleased it appeals to you Debby :-)

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  5. Oh my goodness, I would love to find out how the ladies of W.I.S.E. met and got started in their detecting adventures! And I still need to start Bud and Cait's stories. Wishing you a lovely holiday season, Cathy! :-)
    Nicole
    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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    1. The way they all meet? Hmm...let's just say death brings them together, and gives them all the chance for a new life ;-) Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment, Nicole :-)

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  6. This sounds like a good read, thank you for the chance. kittygirl15401(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of this, Jewel :-)

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  7. sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at)yahoo(dot)com

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

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  8. Nothing like a cozy mystery! Sounds good ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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    1. A cup of tea can solve a lot...or can it??? Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  9. Seriously who would talk about *that* in a tea shop? So gauche!
    Thank you for your writing and your kind offer.
    Rbeh ling1916 at ya hoo dot com

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    1. I know...SO rude!! Thanks for dropping by today :-)

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  10. Nice to meet you Edna :) I'd love to visit a tea shop like yours! I guess i'll have to settle for reading about one!

    njcar22(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. And I'd be happy to make you a pot of tea anytime :-)

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Connie cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too! :-)

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  12. That sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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

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  13. Edna does seem a bit "dithery". As I always tell Dru, please toss my name into the magic hat and I hope I'll be the happy winner.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (d0t) com

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    1. Ah bless her...you might say that, when you first meet her, but... ;-)

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  14. Sounds wonderful, thank you, happy Thanksgiving! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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

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  15. Sounds so good.
    NancyB nlb1050 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  16. I think her books are very good reading and look forward to this one.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  17. I'm looking forward to reading this. Happy Thanksgiving! kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

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    1. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Kristi! :-)

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  18. Looks like it will be a great read. Books are on my TBR. Do hope this will be an Early start. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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    1. So pleased my work is on your TBR pile...I hope it makes it to the top :-)

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  19. The tea shop sounds so wonderful.
    Excited for the book.
    Margaret scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. New author and a new series for me, and it sounds great. Thankyou for the opportunity! Happy Thanksgiving! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Good to meet you Jill - thanks for stopping by :-)

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  22. I would enjoy this book! Linda Kleback lklenack at hotmail.com

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

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Robyn. :-)

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  24. I would love to get my hands on another Cathy Ace book, even if you touch it first!

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  25. Thank you! Happy everything!
    Melanie
    teabird17 *at* yahoodotcom

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    1. Happy everything to you too, Melanie :-)

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  26. I love the WISE women because no matter you age there is one just like you. I'm 83 and love that Cathy writes about older women too.Would love to win this book RUTH NIXON ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Thanks for your kind words - they mean a great deal :-)

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  27. sound like a wonderful place to live
    LoriAnn
    jrshooligans@gmail.com

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    1. Oh LoriAnn...sometimes twhat's behind the net curtains shows you it's not all as wonderful as it seems :-)

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  28. Hi Edna. I'd love to visit your teashop. Sounds adorable. Do you know Gemma at the Oxford Tearoom? I'm Joanne. joasia9(at)hotmail(dot)com. Hope to visit with you soon.

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    1. Hello Joanne - no, I haven't bumped into Gemma in Oxford, but I don't have much chance to get away from my own tea shop, you see :-)

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  29. I'd love to visit the teashop----and to win the new book. Happy Thanksgiving!
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  30. Oh I love Cathy’s books.i started with the women of the WISE detective agency. And then found out that she had a series set in Vancouver Canada I had to read it. As I grew up there and knew the city well.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Maryanne - I hope you try this new book :-)

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  31. Mary Lynette MillerNovember 22, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Cathy, Sorry I'm not familiar with your writings. Looking forward to reading your books. Happy Thanksgiving.
    nettiem@toledotel.com

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  32. A book to read while waiting for The Case Of The Unsuitable Suitor - thanks for the chance.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for ordering THE CASE OF THE UNSUITABLE SUITOR...the wait should be over soon! And I hope you enjoy it when you get it (but, as you say, you can sneak this one in right now!) :-)

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  33. Love all the books I have read so far . Haven't been able to get them all but can't wait to read the new one . From Vancouver Island

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    1. So pleased you enjoy my books, Cheryl. If you're having a problem getting any titles, please email me ace@cathyace.com and I'll see what i can do to help :-)

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  34. Love to read mystery books, Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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    1. Always good to meet a mystery lover :-)

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  35. I love reading cozy mysteries and this series certainly sound great. Thank you for the offer of a chance to win
    lmc.wright@sympatico.ca

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  36. I loved meeting Edna Sweet. I can tell from meeting her that I'd love to read MURDER KEEPS NO CALENDAR and learn about her friends and neighbors as well.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    Kay Garrett
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. So pleased you enjoyed meeting Edna :-)

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  37. The teacakes and the book sound great. Thanks for the chance! eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  38. I love reading about tea shops. Thanks for the chance to win your book. Sandy G. Sand1948@gmail.com

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  39. I'd love to visit Edna's Tea Shoppe! turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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  40. Would love to read more about Edna's Tea Shoppe. Sounds delightful. Happy Thanksgiving!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it, and Happy Thanksgiving to you too! :-)

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  41. Would love to read more about Edna's Tea Shoppe. Sounds delightful. Happy Thanksgiving!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The duplicate means I wish you a DOUBLY wonderful Thanksgiving! :-)

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  42. This sounds like a very nice book. I can't wait to read it. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy Thanksgiving,
    patti.s@comcast.net

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  43. Love the sound of the reading & teacakes thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  44. Oh my this sounds like a great book, I have recently started to enjoy short stories and anthology books - think it is an age thing! Cait and Bud and the WISEWomen in one book - wow wants not to like!

    jcrombie@look.ca

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words...they mean a great deal :-)

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  45. How wonderful! I've enjoyed the books! cheers at MarjimManor dot com

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  46. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the chance to win. kckendler at gmail dot com

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    1. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too...thanks for stopping by! :-)

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  47. Happy Thanksgiving morn. Your blog has enticed me to add this book on my to read list. I love
    meeting Edna and would love a cup of tea at her quaint shoppe. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. And Happt Thanksgiving to you too...I hope my book gets to the top of your TBR pile soon :-)

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  48. This sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the opportunity to read it.
    LibraryLady80(at)gmail(dot)com judy

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  49. Sounds like another wonderful book by a favorite author. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Doward :-)

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  50. Awesome another new author for me :)Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks so much! nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  51. Thus is wonderful! Can't wait to read the newest addition to your works. rlstanfill@juno.com

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  52. This sounds interesting, Cathy. Enjoy your books. Thanks for this opportunity. Nancy at jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  53. From what you shared, I know I will enjoy reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  54. Thanks to everyone who left a comment and tried for a chance to win this book. I have picked a winner, we have connected, and her name is now posted on the site. Congratulations to LM. If you're not LM, so you didn't win - I'm sorry! Maybe you could consider buying the book? The holiday season extends to oneself, after all :-) Thanks for your support, and interest. Cathy x

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