Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer

Happy Popcorn Lover's Day! I am a big fan of popcorn.  Growing up my father and I often indulged in popcorn.  We had one of the old fashioned popcorn poppers that used oil and popcorn kernels. It was delicious.  I am amazed at all the different flavors of popcorn available today (and popcorn balls).  There is a flavor for everyone.  Alexander Graham Bell made his first successful telephone call on March 10 in 1876. He said "Mr. Watson, come here.  I want to see you."  In 1977 astronomers discover the rings around the planet Uranus. 

The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer by Cathy Ace is the second book in The WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery series.  Henry Twyst, the Eighteenth Earl of Chellingworth is getting married to Stephanie Timbers.  This is the first marriage of a sitting duke in over a hundred years.  The village (and Henry’s mother) want the couple to incorporate as many of the Welsh traditions into their wedding as possible.  One of those traditions is the Anwen Morris Dancers.  The Morris Dancers lead the bridal couple from the church to the hall for the reception (it is supposed to enhance fertility).  But when Aubrey Morris (the musician) goes missing (along with the instruments), Althea (the Dowager) asks the ladies at The WISE Enquiries Agency to investigate.  Will they be able to find Aubrey before the wedding?  Annie, Christine, Carol, and Mavis have their work cut out for them on this case. 

I was disappointed in The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer.  It sounded like such an interesting book, but I was bored to tears. The book had a very slow pace that makes the reader want to fall asleep (or skip to the end).  There are a lot of Welsh words, phrases, and slang included in the book which makes it complicated and difficult to read (because you are trying to figure out what they mean).   A lot of information is repeated a few times throughout the book (like the writer needed filler).  The writer then added a stolen wedding gown and drama from Henry’s sister, Clementine (it was just idiotic and a wee bit over the top).  I am afraid that I did not enjoy The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer.  I give The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay--just not for me).  This book was just not my cup of tea (get it).  I do not believe I will be reading any more books in The WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery series.

The first book in The WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery series is The Case of the Dotty Dowager.  I received a complimentary copy of The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading The Haunted Heist by Angie Fox (it is fast paced and funny).  I was lucky enough to get a position on her review crew.  I hope everyone has a glorious Thursday!  Enjoy, take care, and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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