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The Cold Light of Mourning: A Mystery (edition 2009)

by Elizabeth J. Duncan

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Title:The Cold Light of Mourning: A Mystery
Authors:Elizabeth J. Duncan
Info:Minotaur Books (2009), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Tags:Wales, cozy mystery

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Duncan, Elizabeth J.
The Cold Light of Mourning

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Located in the North of Wales, this tale of a runaway bride is both picturesque and suspenseful. The main character, the manicurist who polished the bride's nails on the morning of her wedding, gives the author the opportunity to invent very cute nail polish names: Altar Ego, Big Apple Red, Sonora Sunset. How about Pinkslip Pansy, Palsied Peach, Livid Lavender? A location junkie after reading M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series, I like mysteries set in or around Scotland, with weather uninviting and water treacherous. Throw in a dead body and there is no resisting. The Cold Light of Mourning is first in this Cornwall series, followed by A Brush With Death.
Recommended October 2010
  dawsong | Jun 15, 2015 |
This easy-to-read, cozy mystery was a first from this author. It has the same wit and charm that you find in Agatha Christie mysteries with a late middle-aged manicurist who finds herself in the middle of the mystery of a vanishing bride who was last seen at her nail salon. With a touch of romance, lots of twists and turns, and enough clues to help you possibly determine the murderer, it definitely keeps your attention. ( )
  Hanneri | Nov 28, 2014 |
Wonderful classic traditional cozy. Well deserving of namination for the Agatha for Best First Novel ( )
  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
This is an old-fashioned mystery. Someone dies...someone goes missing...a middle-aged woman decides to investigate...find the criminal...the end. I liked it much better than that "crime thriller" Beat the Reaper. ( )
  melissarochelle | Apr 13, 2013 |
If you ignore the cliche title...
Cold Light of Mourning is one of those books where you are introduced to a slew of people right off the bat and, being a murder mystery, you want to remember every single one of them because you aren't sure who is important to the plot and who isn't. There is exceptional detail given to every single character as well and again, you want to remember it all in case there is a clue in there somewhere. Here are the first bunch of characters: Morwyn, niece of Mrs. Lloyd; Mrs. Evelyn Lloyd, regular customer of Peggy Brannigan, town manicurist; Emma Teasdale, deceased friend of Peggy, Meg Wynne Thompson, bride-to-be of Emyr Gruffydd; David Williams is best man to Emyr Gruffydd; Jennifer Sayles is maid of honor; Anne Davidson is a bridesmaid; Robbie Llewllyn is an usher; Philip Wightman is the funeral director; Reverend Thomas Evans is responsible for the Teasdale funeral and the Gruffydd wedding; Bronwyne is his wife. These are the people you meet in the first 25 pages of the book. By the end of the book you have met no less than 26 different characters (some important, others not so much).
So. You want to remember all these people (and more) because Meg Wynne goes missing on her wedding day, right after she gets a manicure. When she turns up murdered Peggy (remember her?) realizes the woman who came in to her have her nails done was not Meg Wynne. Thus begins the mystery. Who was the woman who had her nails done and what happened to Meg? Duncan takes us on a crazy ride. Her attempts to mislead us by introducing plausible murderers are feeble. I don't think I am ruining the plot if I say neither the nurse nor hairdresser did it, but aside from that, it is definitely a fun read. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Nov 12, 2012 |
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Emma Teasdale had been ill for some time and on a cool evening in early June, alone and peacefully, she died.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312558538, Hardcover)

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.

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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. --from Publisher description (http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0906/2009004487-d.html)… (more)

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