The Cold Light of Mourning

The Cold Light of Mourning

Book - 2009 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312558536
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: viii, 277 pages ; 22 cm

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Jul 03, 2019

An old fashioned cozy murder mystery, that meanders along with lots of local color. If you're used to having gore and a body on the 1st page, this won't be for you. The body doesn't appear until almost page 145 .
I almost didn't read it, based on the complaints from some reviewers. I find that the slower pace allows me to be distracted and not lose track of the plot. I personally don't know a lot about the manicure business, and I found the details interesting. Having been an outlier in a very small southern town in the US, I also enjoyed the depiction of the Town culture.

Oct 05, 2018

An undemanding read with a few too many details about manicuring. Since the Internet knows all about you, this came up on a Recommended For You list, and it sort of fit. I liked the setting in Wales, and the heroine is sort of pleasant, but a few coincidences jarred, and the quick friendship between the two women who eventually give the police the key to the mystery was jarring as well. OK, but not that special.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Jan 18, 2011

Pretty good. And Canadian!

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