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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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Rating:***1/2
Tags:Wales, cozy mystery

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The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth J. Duncan

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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 |
Elizabeth Duncan has chosen a quiet, picturesque setting in Wales, given us a transplanted Canadian as the protagonist, and has helped the genre immensely by getting us out of the bake shops, catering, cooking business and planting her amateur sleuth in a small one-woman manicure shop.

The town's most eligible bachelor is scheduled to wed a young woman "from away" and who is certainly not too well received by the local ladies. Penny Branigan, the manicurist, is mourning the death of her dearest friend whose funeral is scheduled the day after the wedding, so she is struggling to be pleasant when the bride to be arrives the morning of the wedding to have her nails painted.

When the bride later fails to appear for the wedding, it is Penny's observations from this "last sighting" that help the local Police Detective Chief Inspector Davies to accept that this may not be a case of a runaway bride. In the meantime, Penny meets and forms a friendship with a new visitor to town, a fellow Canadian Victoria. Together they embark upon looking for the missing woman, and of course (it's a cozy after all!) they ultimately crack the case.

The ending is almost saccharin, but fits the story perfectly, and leaves us knowing that this is only the first of many adventures of Penny, Victoria and DCI Davies. I'll definitely be looking for the second in the series ( )
1 vote tututhefirst | Apr 11, 2012 |
When bride-to-be Meg Wynne Thompson disappears on her wedding day, it soon becomes apparent that manicurist Penny Brannigan was the last person to see her. Penny's observations provide helpful leads for DCI Gareth Davies and DS Bethan Morgan. As the police draw close to a solution with Penny's help, DCI Davies begins to develop more than a professional interest in Penny.

The clues weren't subtle enough to fool me, and I correctly pegged the guilty party very early on. However, I was charmed by the small Welsh town and its residents, including Penny and her new friend, harpist Victoria; the vicar and his wife with their secret (and harmless) vices, the gossipy retired postmistress, and the DCI and his younger partner. Llanelen is a town I'd like to visit. There are plenty of other series that I read for the puzzle. This is one I'll read for the setting and characters. ( )
1 vote cbl_tn | Mar 14, 2012 |
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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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