• The Corpse with the Silver Tongue

  • A Cait Morgan Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Cathy Ace
  • Narrated by: Cathy Ace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (657 ratings)

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The Corpse with the Silver Tongue

By: Cathy Ace
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Publisher's Summary

In the south of France, where hatred simmers in the heat, a man seemingly admired, and certainly feared, drops dead at a dinner party. All of the guests fall under suspicion, including Welsh-Canadian professor Cait Morgan. A criminologist who specializes in profiling victims, Cait sets out to solve the murder - and clear her name. Add to this the disappearance of an ancient Celtic gold collar said to be cursed and there you have the ingredients for a Nicoise salad of death, secrets, and lies.

Will Cait find the killer before she too falls victim to a murderer driven by a surprising and disturbing motive?The Corpse with the Silver Tongue is the first in the Cait Morgan mystery series, a classic whodunit series featuring the eccentric Professor Cait Morgan.

©2012 Cathy Ace (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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First Book in a New Mystery Series

This book was read by the author. Usually I am very wary of authors reading their own books. In this case, Cathy Ace did a good job getting all the sarcasm and nuisances of her writing out there perfectly.

To me this was a slightly shaky first book in a series. The best parts of the book are when the author is dealing with areas she knows well--Wales and Vancouver--places she is living or has lived. The trouble for me was that this is a destination mystery set in Nice, France. I know Nice very well and the "foodies" view of Nice misses the mark. The story could have been set anywhere--the place value of the setting was lost on me. I kept saying no no the character wouldn't have eaten there...they wouldn't have missed this or that. If you don't care about actualities and realities of Nice and the French Riviera then the book is entertaining.

Be forewarned --there is a great deal of talk about eating and food in the story. The character is always hungry. She also has the attitude of "if you don't have anything good to say about anyone come sit by to me"--this can be funny but also can be very taxing after awhile. All these quibbles aside I think the series has great potential
and I plan on listening to the next book.

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Why?

The Mensa-Member-Genius heroine is in a delightful country for a handful of days & accepts a dinner invitation from a man she hasn't seen for years and completely despises. (Why?) At dinner with her host and several other guests she has never seen before, the host drops dead into his bowl of escargot, and she is immediately Chief Suspect. (Why?) Later, surrounded by the other suspects, a glass of beer appears out of nowhere when she is alone, so our Genius gulps it down. (Why?) When she subsequently wakes up in a pitch-black tunnel with a bad headache, she is groping her way out when she pauses briefly for a "Wakeful Dream" and presto! realizes the identity of the murderer, and also (gasp) that she herself is In Danger! (What?) While all of this goes on, she mutters (un)witty little asides to herself mentally. A thoroughly annoying heroine, equally unlikeable cast of characters, farcical plot. The synopsis was the only good thing about this book. Why, oh why, did I select it?

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Unique, Clean and Engaging Murder Mystery

This one grows on you as you listen, getting better and better as the story progresses. I'm glad that I stuck with it. Professor Cait Morgan, a university psychologist who specializes in profiling criminals has a photographic memory. Living in Canada, but originally from Wales, Cait is off to Nice, France for an international symposium, where she is invited to a dinner hosted by an old acquaintance. At that dinner, the unthinkable happens, her host dies, right in front of her and all his guests. An investigation shows that he was murdered, and as a foreigner, Cait is high on the suspect list. The arrogant, wealthy man had no shortage of enemies, and Cait's training comes in handy, particularly to get her own hide out of the fire. The local authorities are not interested in hearing her opinion, however, so she calls her good friend and police investigator, Bud back in Canada for advice. The case is complicated and leads in a variety of directions which I found to be very intriguing. Like a great puzzle, Cait works diligently to put the pieces together, putting herself at risk as she does so. It all comes together beautifully in the end, and unlike other listeners, I loved the conclusion.

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The perfect mystery series.

I am so glad to have found this series. The characters, story line and narrator definitely kept my attention. Cathy Ace narrates it perfectly! I was also impressed that it did not have gratuitous foul language, sex, or graphic violence - it did not need it to keep the story interesting.

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Boring

I love mysteries, but just couldn’t engage with this one. Perhaps it was due to the author reading it.

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Ugh with the pitting of women against each other.

To be fair, I didn't make it far into the book... The performer was wonderful, I really liked her style and I was so very excited to find this series as I love a brilliant female protagonist but as we wade in we are treated to stereotypical pitting of female characters against the other and I've had enough.
To me, it is too easy a trope.

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Just not for me

I read the other reviews, so I know at least some people really liked this book, and it was free so I listened to the end, hoping it would improve. A tedious undertaking: I found the characters poorly depicted and uncompelling; the plot tortured and silly; and the narrator’s voice gratingly unpleasant. Try a sample before using a credit! Authors aren’t often good readers/actors.

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pretty good till the end

the good:
it is a well written story. the characters are interesting and engaging if not heartwarming. the mystery is complex enough to keep you guessing. the main character has a mix of flaws that she manages to overcome mostly. the author reading the book gives you a good performance but listen to the sound bite first because if you don't like that you won't like the rest.

the bad:
the main character is a Mary Sue. for most of the book it doesn't detract from the story too much. but the author has made her too smart and talented. it's funny when the other characters point this out. the police are always perfect and judges are bad we're told twice. this is offensive because it perpetuates a stereotype.

personally I need to trust an author to carry me through a story without offending my trust in the author. when an author kills off a minor character, not important to the story, just for an obvious end that she tacks on - at the end-, I can't trust her anymore. it was too blatant to further the romantic interest of the main character in this way. you can skip the last chapter because this book goes from mystery to wish fulfillment in an ugly way.

I guess I'll read the next book unless it turns into a romance.

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Charming and funny

I really enjoyed this story and the narration. Is it the best crime story I’ve ever listened to or read? Nope. But there is something so charming and funny about the main character that I’ll happily listen to this book over and over.

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Not For Me

This was an okay book with an interesting plot and characters. What annoyed me was the ending when the lead character and the chief of police went back and about who would wrap up the plot. You tell him, no you tell him. Really you want me to tell him? At that point I almost gave up on the book.

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  • kabrol
  • 08-12-21

Awful awful narration

Not sure I even made the third minute. Absolutely diabolical narration, like your least favourite primary school teacher who thought they were ace at story time. Actually painful monotone. Might be a good story, I’ll never know.

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  • nina jarvis
  • 05-06-22

A belting murder mystery 😊

Initially I had a slight wobble listening to the excerpt, wether the narration was for me but found that once I started from the beginning and gave the plot a chance to form I was well and truly sucked in… like having a friend read your favourite Agatha Christy to you, it was a most enjoyable and sophisticated plot and I found it very compelling, so much so I’ve finished it by the next day and on to the next episode in the series!

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  • Sandra Anthony
  • 01-27-22

A delightful heroine/sleuth

I really enjoyed this book and, contrary to other reviews I read, the narration added to that enjoyment. The voice, accent and emotional engagement of the narration gave it an authenticity you don't usually get from a more detached actor. I felt I really knew Cait Morgan.
She's a delightful heroine/sleuth. Her most endearing quality is that she's smart and quick to figure things out (I get so irritated by detectives who are slow on the uptake), but she's also an interestingly complex character - with special gifts to boot.
The story was well-plotted with plenty of twists and turns to hold my interest. I've just downloaded the next book in the series and am looking forward to it.

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  • Kevin
  • 09-29-21

Narration vs Story quality issue

Awful awful narration!!! In sharp contrast to the good story (from what I listened to) but I just couldn’t stand more than a chapter!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-22

Starts well, dwindles into a bitter diatribe

Although the author has chosen to read this herself, at first, I found it strangely charming in an extremely amateurish way. The plot was intriguing, the dialogue was amusing, then something nasty happened... The main character Cait, whose voice narrates the tale, became gradually more and more bitter towards another character: Tamsin. Clearly, we're supposed to agree with Cait that Tamsin is annoying and shallow but and it's a Big But (according to Cait), what has Cait got to make her so likeable? Nothing! She constantly snipes at the thinner, prettier but spoilt Tamsin with all the wit and charm of a prize heffer in a smock. There is not one thing about Tamsin that Cait doesn't constantly snipe at and without an ounce of empathy for the fact that Tamsin's horrible husband has just been murdered. I've had to stop listening because I can't take anymore of this vitriol. Some women should be ashamed of their misogyny towards other women that tweak their petty jealousies. I'm female and have been both slim and pretty, curvaceous and gorgeous and fat and overlooked and I've met the envious, shallow Caits of this world, who replace their insecurities with venom for those that appear to have what they want.
Cait apparently is a good judge of character, listens rather than speaks and is not autistic.. Wrong, she's clearly on the spectrum, tells you what you already know as though you're a dimwit, in fact she mansplains!
Maybe a professional actor would've smoothed the verbal vomit of vindictiveness that exudes from the author, poorly disguised as her character.

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  • Ali
  • 11-16-22

Got me through a slow day

I'd read a couple of the reviews before listening- some slating the author's narration, others loving it - and found myself somewhere in between. Susan Jameson ( who performs many of Hilary Mantel's not Wolf Hall novels) would have certainly brought depths and differentiation of the characters, humour and pace, but there was something refreshingly honest hearing the writer make her words Audible. The narration isn't triple awful, just heart felt and homely - slowing the narration speed to 95 helped it feel calmer.
The plot leant heavily on telling rather than showing, and I was mentally editing some of Cait's dialogue but it was still superior to several overly published and TV serialised writers, with the advantage of professional narration, I've paid to listen to on Audible.

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  • mrsc
  • 10-22-22

Hand over the narration to a professional

It may be your special 'baby', but as an author you must let it go! The writer is not necessarily the best one to record the book. Your voice is too soft and flat in tone, so unable to characterise or add sufficient dramatic interest at the right points to sustain interest. Give it to an actor whose job it is to do this. The book will sound better...believe me. It comes over dreary and monotonous. You are ruining your own work. Step back and let someone else do the talking while you keep up the writing

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  • Wee Chrissie B
  • 08-26-22

A thriller with a wicked sense of humour

What a great story! Cait’s hilarious inner monologue really brings the character to life, particularly as the author is narrating it herself. Can’t wait to hear the next adventure.

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  • Christine
  • 08-16-22

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Oh please! The narrator saps everything out of this. Bland, expressionless and attempts at what is supposed to be clever/funny ? are embarrassing to listen to.
Does a professional narrator cost much?


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  • f graham
  • 08-09-22

The corpse with the silver Tongue

I couldn’t finish this book. The narrator was terrible would try again with a different person.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-03-22

Enjoyable listen

Good story, well read by the author who brought her characters to life as she meant them to be

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-22

Fantastic and Engaging!

Narrated by the author and a fantastically authentic experience. I never thought that I would enjoy listening to a book more than reading it, but Ace has achieved this for me.
I devoured this and he second book in record time!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-22

Hard work!

Could not finish - story was ok but narrator's voice made it a hard task to listen to. Sadly, I gave up

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-22

A little different

Enjoyed this story as little different. Overall a good story. Took awhile to work out what the person was was the cultural. . The narrator was very good has a lovely accent.