The Cold Light of Mourning

A Mystery

A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 1)

Elizabeth J. Duncan

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Elizabeth J. Duncan spins a charming tale of murder and intrigue in this winning first novel.

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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Chapter One

 

Emma Teasdale had been ill for some time and on a cool evening in early June, alone and peacefully, she died.

 

Those who gathered at lunchtime to set the world to rights at The Leek and Lily, the local pub, were saddened to hear of the retired schoolteacher's passing and remembered their long-ago school days with the reflective kind of nostalgia that is the gentle gift of time.

 

But one person, hearing of Emma's death, knew there was something to be done that only she could do.

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Praise for The Cold Light of Mourning

“Duncan’s debut is a gentle delight sure to please fans of the classic English mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A runaway bride is the linchpin of Canadian writer Duncan’s delightful debut, which has won the Minotaur/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition....The scenic Welsh backdrop, village personalities and a budding romance...add color and interest.”—Publishers Weekly

The Cold Light of Mourning is a must read for 2009 with hope that another is soon to follow.”—The Hamilton Spectator

“Duncan has a fine eye for detail, plays fair with the clues and creates engaging characters.”—Globe and Mail

 

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About the Author

Elizabeth J. Duncan

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
A Mystery
Elizabeth J. Duncan

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429938334
ISBN10: 1429938331
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$4.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2010
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312533458
ISBN10: 0312533454
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 304 pages
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