The Cold Light of Mourning

The Cold Light of Mourning

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When an unpopular self-made beauty goes missing on her wedding day, manicurist Penny Brannigan, an ex-patriate Canadian who has lived in the bride's North Wales market town for nearly twenty-five years, realizes that another woman had posed as the bride.

McMillan Palgrave

Elizabeth J. Duncan spins a charming tale of murder and intrigue in this winning first novel.

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. The last person believed to have seen her is manicurist Penny Brannigan, an expatriate Canadian who has lived in North Wales for almost twenty-five years. When Penny notices that something is not quite right at the funeral of her dearest friend, she becomes emotionally invested in the case, and sets out to investigate.

It seems that several people, including the bride’s drunken, abusive father, had reasons to wish Meg dead, but when the trail leads to her groom’s home, an explosive secret will shake the small town.

With its bucolic Welsh setting and vivid, colorful characters, this mystery is sure to delight the most discerning of traditional-mystery fans.



Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312558536
0312558538
Branch Call Number: Mystery Dun
Characteristics: viii, 277 p. ; 22 cm

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egandalf
Sep 18, 2014

It is surprising that the author was a writer and editor. This is poorly written for someone with this kind of experience. I would not recommend this book, nor would I read any book by this author.

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Shelley51
Jul 12, 2013

A good first book, I really like the main characters. The story has some parts that don't quite gel the editor should have caught these. Would I read another Duncan book yes.

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88reader
Jan 31, 2012

I had to re read the end a couple of times as I thought I had missed a vital piece of information and it wasn't forthcoming. Very cozy village atmosphere where the police date the witnesses? How did this book get an award?

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easterthecat
Jun 30, 2011

Although the characters and setting were engaging, to say that the logistics were ill conceived would be an understatement. I felt hoodwinked reading this book to the end: Not only would the murder have been impossible to commit, but the baroque complications were inexplicable and unnecessary. To imagine not one but two broken-off syringes boogles the mind. The words uttered by the second victim and the explanation for them were beyond belief. Also, we were left to guess at the motivation behind the damning actions of 2 characters under suspicion--the meeting and affection on the part of one and the accusation on the part of the other. Huge loose ends dangled.

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Palomino
Jan 18, 2011

Pretty good. And Canadian!

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