Hello folks, Cait Morgan here. Yes, I know most of you have probably never heard of me, but I’m a pretty friendly sort. At least, I think I am. I haven’t visited here before, so I’ll start with the basics. The first thing people tend to notice about me is my accent; I’m Welsh, and I know I lilt when I speak, even though I’ve lived in Canada for over a decade now. I moved from the UK after – well, I might as well get it out in the open straight away – I was arrested on suspicion of having murdered my ex-boyfriend. Which I didn’t. They finally worked out that was the case, but, because I was a criminal psychologist, the tabloid press never let up, so I jumped at the chance to take up an assistant professor role in the school of criminology at the University of Vancouver.
Upon arriving in Canada I built a good life for myself – happily single, even in my late forties – and also managed to carve quite a reputation in my chosen field of victim profiling, too. Then, a few years ago, I was hired as an occasional consultant to the regional integrated homicide investigation squad and met Bud Anderson, who headed up the unit. Colleagues for quite some time, his circumstances changed and we – well, let’s just say we’re now undertaking the journey of life together and we’re both happier for that decision.
It’s just as well, really, because whenever I leave home I seem to find myself in circumstances where I have to tackle a puzzling murder. The south of France, BC’s beautiful wine country, the Pacific coast of Mexico, a swanky restaurant in Vegas, a stunning clifftop castle in Wales and even a cruise ship heading from the Hawaiian Islands to Vancouver have all found me facing a corpse, and a cast of suspects I have to sift through to find the culprit. Luckily, both Bud and I have a deep and abiding belief that, whatever the circumstances, justice must served, and I like to think we work well as a team.
Of course, the really great thing about traveling is the chance to try out different types of food and drink. I admit I happily give up whatever diet I’m on when we head off on our travels…I mean, who wants to be on a diet when they’ve got the chance to overindulge just a bit? I sometimes try to walk off the extra calories by pursuing my interests in local cultures, art and architecture too. And Bud’s the best possible companion for all of that. Well, maybe not the food and drink part – because he’s pretty conservative in his tastes, and he’s usually got to be dragged toward anything that hints at being arty. But when it comes to the dead bodies, that’s when we really click. He reckons he keeps my feet on the ground by trying to get me to think procedurally, whereas I believe it’s my psychological insights that crack the motives and unmask the killers.
It’s nice to meet you – I hope we can spend some time together.
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Cathy Ace, like her sleuthing protagonist, is Welsh- Canadian, and writes the Cait Morgan Mysteries (book #7 THE CORPSE WITH THE GARNET FACE is published on April 5th 2016). The fourth book in the series won the 2015 Bony Blithe Award for Best Canadian Light Mystery. She also writes the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries, which feature four softly-boiled female PIs (one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish and one English – hence the acronym) who investigate quintessentially British cases from their base at a Welsh stately home. The first in the series THE CASE OF THE DOTTY DOWAGER is available in paperback on March 1st, and the second, THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER, was published in hardback on February 1st.
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