The Cold Light of Mourning

The Cold Light of Mourning

[a Mystery]

Book - 2009
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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 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...

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780312533458
9780312558536
Branch Call Number: DUNCA
Characteristics: 277 p

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WhidbeyIslander
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.

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egandalf
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.

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Shelley51
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.

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88reader
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?

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easterthecat
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.

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Palomino
Jan 18, 2011

Pretty good. And Canadian!

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