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A Killer's Christmas in Wales

A Penny Brannigan Mystery

Duncan, Elizabeth J.

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Killer's Christmas in Wales
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Penny Brannigan and her business partner, Victoria Hopkirk, are absorbed with the grand opening of their new spa. Meanwhile, an American stranger, Harry Saunders, arrives in town and sweeps widow Evelyn Lloyd off her feet. Some suspect Saunders is taking advantage of Evelyn, so it's no surprise when he goes missing with a healthy chunk of Evelyn's money and is eventually found dead outside Conwy Castle.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 031262283X
9780312622831
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY DUNCAN 2011
Characteristics: viii, 274 p. ;,22 cm

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An American stranger, Harry Saunders, arrives in town and sweeps widow Evelyn Lloyd off her feet. Some suspect Saunders is taking advantage of Evelyn, so it's no surprise when he goes missing with a healthy chunk of Evelyn's money and is eventually found dead outside Conwy Castle.


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Jul 22, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A nice cozy mystery. The main character, Penny Brannigan is a Canadian who has lived in a small town in Wales for decades. She recently inherited a cottage that she is almost finished renovating. She is also almost finished renovations to another building in town that will become a spa, a business she will run with her partner Victoria. Penny also has a love interest, DCI Gareth Davies, and it is getting serious.
During the renovations for the spa, the body of a young woman and a cat were found hidden in the building and authorities are still trying to determine who she was and what happened to her. There is a new man in town, Harry Saunders, an American and he seems interesting in Mrs. Lloyd, a kind woman twenty years his senior. Florence, Mrs. Lloyd's companion is suspicious of his behaviour, and not just because it threatens her role in Mrs. Lloyd's life. After Harry convinces Mrs. Lloyd to invest a large amount of money with him, both he and the money go missing. When his body is found in nearby Conwy Castle, Mrs. Lloyd is one suspect. Penny's detective skills kick in and she tries to figure out who is behind a rash of local shoplifting as well as a theft from herself, and the murder. A good range of characters, with the cozy small town setting, make this cozy a winner.

I loved this book. A wonderful cosy, with interesting characters and gentle domestica. I think I sighed with pleasure as I began to read. I am now about to read the other books in the series. Woo Hoo.

Jun 05, 2012
  • astrella rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A bit "cozy" for my tastes but done OK.

Author is trying to attract attention to this book by using a dumb title. I won' be reading it.

Jan 30, 2012
  • cardigramma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Third in the series and the characters are developing well. Good plot, not too obvious.

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