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A Colourful Death (Cornish Mystery Series #2)

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“Dunn's second cozy set in 1960s Cornwall (after Manna from Hades) is a delightful romp.” —Library Journal

Eleanor Trewynn is a recently retired widow who has moved to the small village of Port Mabyn in Cornwall. Neither frail nor retiring, after a lifetime of traveling the world, she’s ready for an uneventful life with her dog and friends in this quiet town. Unfortunately, excitement seems to happen around her.

Her friend and neighbor, artist ...

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Overview

“Dunn's second cozy set in 1960s Cornwall (after Manna from Hades) is a delightful romp.” —Library Journal

Eleanor Trewynn is a recently retired widow who has moved to the small village of Port Mabyn in Cornwall. Neither frail nor retiring, after a lifetime of traveling the world, she’s ready for an uneventful life with her dog and friends in this quiet town. Unfortunately, excitement seems to happen around her.

Her friend and neighbor, artist Nick Gresham, returns from a trip only to find several of his paintings slashed, reportedly by rival local artist Geoffrey Clarke. When Nick goes to have it out with him, with Eleanor in tow, they find Clarke’s body in his studio, fatally stabbed in the back. Accused of the crime, Nick ends up in jail, while Detective Inspector Scumble and DS Megan Pencarrow, Eleanor’s niece, investigate. But in A Colourful Death, the second Cornish Mystery from Carola Dunn, Eleanor isn’t leaving anything to chance—she starts doing a little investigating of her own, and soon learns that Nick is far from the only one with a compelling motive for murder.

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"Bolstered by strong characters, the fast-moving plot builds to a satisfying conclusion."

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"Wonderful Cornish and cozy atmosphere carry the day."

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"Dunn's second cozy set in 1960s Cornwall ... is a delightful romp, full of busybodies, unscrupulous artists, and a charming Westie with character."

Library Journal

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Once again murder disrupts the quiet life of widowed charity shop owner Eleanor Trewynn, who's settled in the village of Port Mabyn with her Westie, Teazle, in British author Dunn's delightful second cozy set in 1960s Cornwall (after 2009's Manna from Hades). On returning from a train trip to London, Eleanor's artist friend and neighbor, Nick Gresham, discovers that someone has slashed several of his paintings in his Port Mabyn shop. Rather than go to the police, a furious Nick sets out to confront rival artist Geoffrey Monmouth, who Nick is sure is the culprit. Accompanied by an anxious Eleanor, Nick finds Geoff stabbed to death in his Padstow bungalow. When the authorities detain Nick, Eleanor determines to track down the real killer, who just might be one of the young artists living communally on a local farm. Bolstered by strong characters, the fast-moving plot builds to a satisfying conclusion. (June)
From the Publisher
"Bolstered by strong characters, the fast-moving plot builds to a satisfying conclusion."

Publishers Weekly

 

"Wonderful Cornish and cozy atmosphere carry the day."

Booklist

 

"Dunn's second cozy set in 1960s Cornwall ... is a delightful romp, full of busybodies, unscrupulous artists, and a charming Westie with character."

Library Journal

Library Journal
Returning from a successful business trip to London, artist Nick Gresham finds his paintings have been destroyed in his studio. When the culprit is murdered, Nick is the prime suspect, and amateur sleuth Eleanor Trewynn swings into action. VERDICT Dunn's second cozy set in 1960s Cornwall (after Manna from Hades) is a delightful romp, full of busybodies, unscrupulous artists, and a charming Westie with character.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250036247
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Cornish Mystery Series , #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 682,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carola Dunn

CAROLA DUNN is the author of more than fifty books, including the previous mystery featuring Eleanor Trewynn, Manna from Hades, as well as the much loved Daisy Dalrymple novels. Born and raised in England, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    a terrific 1960s village cozy

    In 1960s Port Mabyn, Cornwall, Eleanor "Aunt Nell" Trewynn runs the charity shop. The widow lives with Teazle the Westie. Overall she is contented with her life.

    Eleanor's artist friend and neighbor Nick Gresham returns from London. He stops at his shop only to be greeted by the horrific destruction of several of his paintings. Outraged by the vandalism, he rejects Eleanor's idea to call the police as he believes his artistic rival Geoffrey Monmouth slashed his work; Nick goes to confront Geoffrey with Eleanor at his side trying to calm him down. However, the pair is even more deeply stunned to find someone killed Geoffrey in his bungalow. The local police suspect Nick, but Eleanor knows otherwise and obstinately investigates as she ties the slashed paintings to the stabbing death and considers a third artist.

    The second Aunt Nell Cornish amateur sleuth mystery (see Manna From Hades) is a terrific 1960s village cozy starring a likable somewhat quirky heroine and a delightful support cast. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Eleanor and Nick arrive at his gallery and never slows down as the cops know the artist has a motive although they are ignoring opportunity even though he was with Aunt Nell when the homicide and the vandalism most likely occurred (only five decades ago and yet forensic science feels like ancient history). Fans will enjoy the heroine's return engagement as she investigates the murder of a local artist.

    Harriet Klausner

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