Cold Light of Mourning

Cold Light of Mourning

by Elizabeth J. Duncan
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Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth J. Duncan

Elizabeth J. Duncan spins a charming tale of murder and intrigue in her award-winning first novel, The Cold Light of Mourning.

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 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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250100115
Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
Publication date: 06/28/2010
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 819,119
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth J. Duncan has worked as a writer and editor for some of Canada's largest newspapers, including the Ottawa Citizen and Hamilton Spectator. She lives with her dog, Dolly, in Toronto where she teaches in the public relations program at Humber College. She enjoys spending time each year in North Wales and is the first Canadian writer to win the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. The Cold Light of Mourning, her first novel, is also the winner of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant.

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The Cold Light of Mourning 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! For a new author it was a great read with a few nice twists in the plot.Difficult to believe this is her first book as it is so well writen, not a lot of excess chatter to fill up the pages. Her characters are real and the settings in the village make me want to visit North Wales. Am pre-ordering her second book coming out this month in hard cover, A BRUSH WITH DEATH - she's that good! Looking forward to many more by Ms. Duncan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The Cold Light of Mourning & I could not put it down. I read it in 1 day. I can't wait to read Elizabeth J. Duncans next book in this series & I hope there will be many more to come!
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
This was a good cozy mystery and a great start to what will hopefully be a series. I liked that Penny & Victoria, our amateur detectives, are not the town busybodies and into everyone's business they are just everyday ladies that happen to figure things out. The set-up for this is a bride disappears the day of her wedding has she runaway or has something happened to her. Penny & Victoria seem to be able to figure a few things out and tell the police who are happy to have the help since murders rarely happen in this quaint little Welsh town. Penny is also dealing with the recent death of her best friend and I enjoyed the budding friendship between her and Victoria and this first death really humanized Penny for me. The cast of characters are well thought out and the actual town busybody Mrs. Lloyd is always a step behind. There is a bit of romance towards the end but it is a nice mature courting going on which I enjoyed. Overall I enjoyed this book I think it's a good first novel and look forward to reading more by this author! 4 Stars
Anonymous 3 months ago
Sometimes a little wordy, but enjoyable. Found myself looking for the town on a map of Britain.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After not even finishing this first book I'm ordering the second. It's thatgood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best new find in a long time. I am ordering the next book as soon as I finish writing this review! If you like excellent writing, an intriguing mystery, likeable characters who are described so well they leap off the page and you feel as if you know them ... oh, and a British village with a hint of romance - well then you will love this book! 220 pages, no sex, swearing or gore.
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mysteryreader63 More than 1 year ago
This is a nice, enjoyable cozy.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Two and a half decades ago, manicurist Penny Brannigan left Canada to relocate in Llanelen, Wales where she opened a reasonable successful manicure shop. However, the usually calm Penny is a bit disturbed to learn Meg Wynne Thompson vanished just before she was to say I do to the squire's son. Her disappearance would mean nothing to Penny except the last known place she was seen was her manicure shop.------------- Though it may be a case of a runaway bride filled with trepidation, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Davies does not rule out foul play and considers the wedding guests as potential suspects. Penny informs Gareth about the strange client whom she now believes was not Meg but someone pretending to be the missing woman. As the police arrest the fiancé whose father suddenly dies Meg and her buddy Victoria Hopkird begin asking questions that bring them to the attention of someone who prefers the case to stay the way the police see it; especially since Davies pays heed to Penny's tips.---------------- THE COLD LIGHT OF MOURNING is an interesting Welsh village police procedural with an amateur sleuth subplot. In some ways the star of the story line is Llanelen as Elizbath J. Duncan provides a vivid look at a seemingly remote sleepy rustic hamlet; this gives the mystery a cozy feel until the dramatic ending. Well written and the winner of the Minotaur/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel award, fans of Welsh village mysteries will enjoy this tale and want more whodunits starring the hamlet, the two amateurs and the DCI.----------- Harriet Klausner