Lady takes the case / Eliza Casey.

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      Summary: "When a dinner party turns deadly, the feisty Lady Cecilia Bates and intuitive cat Jack are on the case, in this first entry to an exciting new historical-mystery series. England 1912. Danby Hall is the only home Lady Cecilia Bates has ever known. Despite the rigid rules of etiquette and her mother the Countess of Avebury's fervent desire to see her married off, Lady Cecilia can't imagine life anywhere else. But now, with an agricultural depression sweeping the countryside, the Bates family's possession of the hall is suddenly in peril. A possible solution arrives in the form of the imperious American heiress Annabel Clarke. The Earl and Countess of Avebury are determined that Cecilia's brother, Patrick, will win Annabel's hand in marriage--and her fortune along with it. To help the lackluster Patrick in this pursuit, the Bates and their staff arrange a grand house party upon the heiress's arrival. When a guest dies after sipping from a glass meant for Annabel, it's clear the Bates have a more poisonous problem on their hands than a lack of chemistry. As the scandal seizes Danby, Cecilia sets out to find the culprit, with help from Annabel's maid, Jane, and Jane's curiously intelligent cat, Jack. After the poison that someone had stashed away inside the manor is discovered, Cecilia is left with two possibilities: Either a resident of Danby snapped and tried to kill the arrogant heiress, or the threat is coming from one of their guests, who would love to see the Bates family's decline become permanent"-- Provided by publisher.
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      CASEY, E. Lady takes the case. [s. l.]: Berkley Prime Crime, 2019. ISBN 9781984803887. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Casey E. Lady Takes the Case. Berkley Prime Crime; 2019. Accessed January 28, 2020.
    • APA:
      Casey, E. (2019). Lady takes the case. Berkley Prime Crime. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Casey, Eliza. 2019. Lady Takes the Case. A Manor Cat Mystery: Book 1. Berkley Prime Crime.
    • Harvard:
      Casey, E. (2019) Lady takes the case. Berkley Prime Crime (A manor cat mystery: book 1). Available at: (Accessed: 28 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Casey, E 2019, Lady takes the case, A manor cat mystery: book 1, Berkley Prime Crime, viewed 28 January 2020, .
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      Casey, Eliza. Lady Takes the Case. Berkley Prime Crime, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Casey, Eliza. Lady Takes the Case. A Manor Cat Mystery: Book 1. Berkley Prime Crime, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Casey E. Lady takes the case [Internet]. Berkley Prime Crime; 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 28]. (A manor cat mystery: book 1). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2

The Bates family plans a lavish house party at Danby Hall, hoping to impress Annabel Clarke, the American heiress whom Lady Avebury hopes will marry her botanist son, Patrick, and infuse cash into the family's dwindling coffers. Unfortunately, a guest dies violently at dinner, and it is determined he was poisoned, with Annabel insisting the poison was meant for her. Nineteen-year-old Lady Cecilia, determined to save her home and protect her brother, who becomes the chief suspect in the murder due to his interest in medicinal plants, investigates with the help of Jane, Annabel's maid, and Jane's precocious cat. With Cecilia subtly interviewing the guests and eavesdropping on occasion, and Jane talking to the servants, the two piece together the clues and identify the murderer. The lovingly detailed 1912 English setting frames a satisfying cozy full of plot twists and the developing warm friendship between Cecilia and Jane, intelligent young women, both of whom want more from their sheltered lives. A final twist will leave readers eagerly awaiting a sequel. A good bet for Downton Abbey fans. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 June

A pseudonymous RITA winner launches the "Manor Cat Mystery" series with the family of Lady Cecilia Bates fretting that they'll lose Danby Hall as agricultural depression sweeps 1912 England. Cecelia's parents hope that her brother will marry American heiress Annabel Clarke, arranging a splashy party upon Annabel's arrival at Danby Hall. Then a partygoer dies after drinking from a poisoned cup meant for the guest of honor, and Cecilia; Annabel's maid, Jane; and Jane's finicky-smart cat, Jack, join to solve the crime.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 September #2

Set in 1912, the pseudonymous Casey's solid first novel and series launch focuses on the plight of Lord and Lady Avebury, who are near financial ruin: the only way to save their beloved Yorkshire estate, Danby Hall, is for their shy, botanist son, Patrick, to marry Annabel Clarke, an American heiress. The Countess of Avebury invites Annabel and a host of distinguished guests to a grand weeklong event, which includes a garden party, archery, and croquet, and a masquerade ball to help seal the engagement. During a formal dinner, the fatal poisoning of a celebrated explorer upsets everyone at Danby Hall and threatens Patrick's marriage prospects. Annabel's American maid, Jane Hughes, befriends Lady Cecelia Bates, Patrick's feisty 19-year-old sister, and together, with the help of Jane's cat, Jack, they set out to solve the murder. Jack plays a key role in the mystery's resolution. Casey portrays an appealing aristocratic world, though some readers will struggle to keep track of the large cast of lords and ladies. Downton Abbey fans will look forward to the sequel. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Nov.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.