Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A-Z Wednesday: The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth Duncan


ISBN: 9780312533458
Publisher: Minotaur books/2010
Pages: 282

In the picturesque North Wales market town of Llanelen, Meg Wynne Thompson, a bride goes missing on her wedding day. Most assume she might have run away. The last person to have seen her is the manicurist Penny Brannigan, who in an ex-patriate Canadian.

Penny is dealing with her own grief as Emma, the town's school teacher and Penny's dear friend has died after a brief illness. Penny is blissfully unaware of the disappearance until the next day when police come to her doorstep. When Penny's sees the brides' photo in a newspaper, she is shocked. Then something about Emma's burial too bothers her.

Then the body of the missing bride is found. Penny along with a new found friend Victoria, sets out to find the killer. Now many people on the guest list have reasons to kill Meg. While they explore, they find out that the murder leads to the groom's family, where a secret is waiting to explode....

With a quaint setting and quirky characters, The Cold Mourning of Light is a good cozy mystery. We take to Penny immediately and feel her grief too, for Emma. And the village gossip, Mrs Lloyd's character too has been created well. We get immersed in the small town life and are with Penny and Victoria in the investigations. This mystery reminds us of Agatha Christie mysteries, with the setting and the interesting characters. Those who like any kind of mysteries will love this book. As I did.

9 comments:

JP - The Mistress of Corgi Manor said...

Definitely a book I want to read! Thanks to Cym Lowell's book blog party, I found you. Will be back to read more.
J Perry
http://madameperryssalon.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

Sounds like a good book - am going to have to check it out.

Here's my E Author.

Yvonne said...

I love cozy mysteries and I haven't heard of this author before. I'll have to check it out.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This one sounds cozily wonderful...love the plot and the book cover, too!

Here's mine:

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NancyO said...

Hi! I don't regularly read cozies (although I do have tons of them), but something you noted in your review struck me -- about it reminding you of Agatha Christie. I don't know if you like Agatha Christie, but there's a fabulous Agatha Christie blog tour going on all month. I have a link at my blog if you're interested!

Michelle said...

This sounds like a well written book.

My `E` is up

jewelknits said...

Agatha Christie-like? That's a great recommendation! Thanks for the review!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

fredamans said...

Definitely my kind of novel.

Vicki said...

My kind of book!

Thanks for playing this week!