The Cold Light of Mourning

Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth J Duncan

Winner of William F. Deeck award and Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Novel competition

Nominated: Agatha and Arthur Ellis awards

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…


Praise for The Cold Light of Mourning

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…The scenic Welsh backdrop, village personalities and a budding romance for Penny add color and interest.” —Publishers Weekly

“Admirable and appealing…combines a worthy plot, a congenial heroine and a sure sense of place—Duncan’s depiction of village life is spot-on—to produce a story that nears perfection. Readers will want to see more of Penny—and more of Duncan’s pleasing prose.”—Richmond-Times Dispatch

“Duncan lulls readers with her soothing prose and depiction of small-town life in Wales and then startles them with a shocker of a denouement. Readers who enjoy Louise Penny, another Canadian mystery author of note, and Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden mysteries will love this one.”—Library Journal

“Well-developed characters and a nicely delineated Wales setting are what make this stylish cozy work.”—Booklist

“[S]torytelling with polished exposition, pacing and edgy dialogue. Characters sparkle, and the dark side that lurks just at the edge of most innocent scenes is drawn with skill and depth. A must-read.”—Hamilton Spectator
“Duncan has a fine eye for detail, plays fair with the clues, and creates engaging characters.”—Globe and Mail

“This is a debut novel worth taking a risk on, order a copy today, you will not be disappointed.”—Armchair Interviews

“Lyrical and lovely, The Cold Light of Mourning launches an enchanting series that mystery readers will cherish. A warm welcome to Elizabeth J. Duncan, who writes with grace and charm. Sheer delight.”—Carolyn Hart, author of Ghost at Work