The Cold Light of Mourning: A Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Jun 29 2010
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“A gentle delight...sure to please fans of the classic English mystery.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A runaway bride is the linchpin of Canadian writer Duncan's delightful debut...The scenic Welsh backdrop, village personalities and a budding romance for Penny add color and interest.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Admirable and appealing...combines a worthy plot, a congenial heroine and a sure sense of place--Duncan's depiction of village life is spot-on--to produce a story that nears perfection. Readers will want to see more of Penny--and more of Duncan's pleasing prose.” ―Richmond-Times Dispatch
“Duncan lulls readers with her soothing prose and depiction of small-town life in Wales and then startles them with a shocker of a denouement. Readers who enjoy Louise Penny, another Canadian mystery author of note, and Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden mysteries will love this one.” ―Library Journal
“Well-developed characters and a nicely delineated Wales setting are what make this stylish cozy work.” ―Booklist
“[S]torytelling with polished exposition, pacing and edgy dialogue. Characters sparkle, and the dark side that lurks just at the edge of most innocent scenes is drawn with skill and depth. A must-read.” ―Hamilton Spectator
“Duncan has a fine eye for detail, plays fair with the clues, and creates engaging characters.” ―Globe and Mail
“This is a debut novel worth taking a risk on, order a copy today, you will not be disappointed.” ―Armchair Interviews
“Lyrical and lovely, The Cold Light of Mourning launches an enchanting series that mystery readers will cherish. A warm welcome to Elizabeth J. Duncan, who writes with grace and charm. Sheer delight.” ―Carolyn Hart, author of Ghost at Work
From the Back Cover
Marriage. Murder. Nail polish...One woman's would-be wedding has an entire Welsh town on edge in Elizabeth J. Duncan's The Cold Light of Mourning―winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition.
THERE GOES THE BRIDE…
The picturesque North Wales market town of Llanelen is shocked when Meg Wynne Thompson, a self-made beauty who has turned out to be something of an unpopular bride, goes missing on her wedding day―and turns up dead.
WAS SHE LOVED TO DEATH?
The last person believed to have seen Meg alive is local manicurist Penny Brannigan, who vows to find the killer. Seems that several people―including those on the guest list―had reasons to wish Meg dead. But when the trail leads Penny to the groom, a red-hot secret threatens to shake the small town to its very core…
"Admirable and appealing...a worthy plot, a congenial heroine."―Richmond-Times Dispatch
"Duncan lulls readers with her depiction of small-town life…then startles them with a shocker."―Library JournalSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Penny seems to be plodding along in a comfortable (but a bit mundane and boring) existence when her good friend dies. It intrigues me as to how neat it was that even in death Emma could play such a vital role in the identification of the killer. Neat premise.
I wonder just where Penny and Gareth will go. Will we continue to see all the action in LLanelen or will she move to Llandudno or elsewhere to be with Gareth, or will it all just come and go and Penny will carry on by herself. Having just inherited Emma’s house, it seems she will want to stay put – at least for a while.
I really look forward to the next book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This book didn't rise to the ranking of a 4 star book for me because I really did figure out who one of the guilty parties was without much trouble at all, and the second person was someone who was obvious once the author revealed the twist in the story. I did not understand the motive until the author revealed it. I didn't feel that there were enough suspects presented. Even though there were some other characters, they were so lightly touched upon that it would have been impossible for them to have been the guilty party. In future books Penny is probably going to need to change quite a bit in her life. Reading about changing appointment times and canceling appointments became rather mundane and repetitive stuff after the first few times of Penny re-scheduling clients so she could go off investigating.
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