A Killer's Christmas in Wales

A Killer's Christmas in Wales

A Penny Brannigan Mystery

Book - 2011
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As the townsfolk of the Welsh valley town of Llanelen settle in for the snowiest winter in twenty-five years, an American stranger arrives. Harry Saunders charms the ladies, one of them in particular: Evelyn Lloyd, the town's former postmistress, who was left comfortably off after the death of her husband. After Mrs. Lloyd invests a good deal of money with him, Harry goes missing, as does her money. His body is soon discovered outside the walls of Conwy Castle, and Mrs. Lloyd is implicated inthe murder.

Although Penny Brannigan and her business partner, Victoria Hopkirk, are busy overseeing the grand opening of their new spa, that doesn't stop Mrs. Lloyd from desperately seeking Penny's help to prove her innocence. It's quite possible that Harry made other enemies while in Llanelen and Penny's investigation unfolds while she juggles her work at the spa, her growing relationship with Detective Inspector Davies, and the Christmas window competition that she signed up to judge.

With A Killer's Christmas in Wales , Elizabeth J. Duncan delivers a delightful holiday-themed mystery.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312622831
Branch Call Number: DUN
Characteristics: viii, 274 pages ; 22 cm.

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Shelley51
Jul 29, 2013

Great characters and interesting background. I enjoy learning about Wales.

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readlisten
May 04, 2013

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.

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astrella
Jun 05, 2012

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

seabreeze Jan 30, 2012

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

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cardigramma
Jan 30, 2012

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

Cdnbookworm Dec 24, 2011

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.

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