Monday, January 22, 2018

Of pubs, pups, and rural life in Cathy Ace

"The “joys” of being a pub landlord in Wales"
 by Tudor Evans, 
from The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries by Cathy Ace

Hello there, Tudor Evans is the name, and running a pub in the lovely Welsh village of Anwen-by-Wye, in Powys, is the game. 

Welcome to my pub, The Lamb and Flag. Delightful spot here, isn't it, overlooking the green at the heart of the village. It's a hot day, even for August, so why don't you have a sit down while I get you a drink? There, that's right.

So, what’s your poison? Oh, sorry about that – a bit of a tasteless remark given what goes on in these parts. Well, recently, anyway. I don’t know, since that private investigation company, the WISE Enquiries Agency, moved into the renovated barn up at our local stately pile, Chellingworth Hall, it seems people are dropping like flies all over the place. 

People getting killed, going missing, keeling over on the spot, and so on. I don’t remember it being this deadly a place before they arrived. 

Mind you, I don’t want you to think nothing happened here before they came. It certainly did. But it was usually the local police who sorted it all out. And they aren't necessarily all the brightest light-bulbs in the drawer, if you know what I mean. A bit slow on the uptake, a few of them. Nowadays we’ve got four women detectives to work on their cases and get things back to the way they should be – nice and peaceful – as quick as they can. So that's good.

The other thing that’s good about them being around is Annie Parker, of course. I like Annie, and I hope she likes me. It’s difficult to be sure, because she’s got a bit of a hard shell to her, but we have Rosie and Gertie to share, so there’s that. There’s Rosie over there, asleep under the stool beside the bar. She was the only golden in the litter, and Annie’s puppy, Gertie, is black. Funny how Labrador litters come out that way, isn’t it…all different colors. 

Anyway, they’re both lovely girls, and they do enjoy playing with each other. Which means that Annie and I get to take lots of walks with them around the village down to the duck pond, or even along the local lanes, and have a good old natter while we do it. I think it’s important that people are good friends before…well, you know…they go any further. Not that we have, mind you. Not even dinner. Well, not alone, anyway…other than here, at the bar in the pub, while I’m working. Ah well, time will tell.

I’ll tell you one thing for sure, there’s a chap who’s returned to the village after being away for some years – Huw Hughes – and he seems to be quite keen on Annie. I hope she’s not keen on him too. He seems a bit smarmy to me. I hope Annie sees through his money and his tanned good looks to the person that’s beneath them. I mean, I know I’m no oil painting, but I am at least steady. Him? I’m not so sure about him. No, not at all.

Find out more in THE CASE OF THE UNSUITABLE SUITOR, the fourth in the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries series, OUT NOW! 

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The Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency are back!
When the village's prodigal son, Huw Hughes, returns and sets his cap at Annie Parker, village publican Tudor begs Annie's colleagues at the WISE Enquiries Agency to unearth the truth behind Huw having been widowed three times.

With Christine enjoying a break at her family's Irish estate - where she and the brooding Alexander face a surprisingly dangerous case of theft - Mavis and Carol have to work with dowager duchess Althea Twyst to ensure their unsuspecting friend Annie's safety, and possibly the lives of more villagers.

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: 


  1. Aye lassie, sounds like I am gonna have to put on a wee bit of me Irish and check out THE CASE OF THE UNSUITABLE SUITOR for sure.

    1. Hi Kay - oh yes, in this book you get to visit both Wales and Ireland...I hope you enjoy the trip :-)

  2. Um, isn't this the King Arthur in Reynoldston Cath? I'll be there on the 16th Feb for my step-daughter's wedding - as well as playing keys with the Phil Dando Band! I'll have a 1/2 or two while I'm there and say a quick 'Iechyd Da' to you! John x

    1. How clever you are at location spotting....yep, it's the King Arthur. Love that pub. Great place for a wedding. Enjoy being Step-dad of the bride, and playing too, of course. They sell a beer called "Cwtch" there...I'll be sending a cwtch to you and yours :-) Best wishes my dear.

  3. Oh my goodness! These sound truly wonderful. Another series I must check out! Thank you!

    1. So pleased you like the sound of them, Meg - I hope they make it onto your TBR pile :-)

  4. These stories sound awesome. Another series for me to check out.

    1. So pleased this taster engaged you Eileen - and I hope the WISE women make it onto your TBR pile soon :-)