The Cold Light of Mourning: A Mystery

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Macmillan, Apr 28, 2009 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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 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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User Review  - dawsong - LibraryThing

Duncan, Elizabeth J. The Cold Light of Mourning Mystery Located in the North of Wales, this tale of a runaway bride is both picturesque and suspenseful. The main character, the manicurist who polished ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hanneri - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
12
CHAPTER THREE
18
CHAPTER FOUR
27
CHAPTER FIVE
38
CHAPTER SIX
52
CHAPTER SEVEN
59
CHAPTER EIGHT
73
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
158
CHAPTER NINETEEN
166
CHAPTER TWENTY
173
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
181
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
189
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
198
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
205
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
215

CHAPTER NINE
87
CHAPTER TEN
93
CHAPTER ELEVEN
107
CHAPTER TWELVE
113
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
119
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
124
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
131
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
141
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
148
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
223
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
230
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
239
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
254
CHAPTER THIRTY
260
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
275
A BRUSH WITH DEATH
283
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About the author (2009)

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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