When Penny Brannigan inherits a charming, old-fashioned cottage in the North Wales town of Llanelen, she soon realizes she has come into more than what real estate agents like to describe as a desirable period property: she’s also acquired memories, mystery and an unsolved, decades-old hit and run killing.
Little by little, as she sorts through her benefactor’s belongings, the cottage begins to give up its secrets. Helped by a small group of friends, Penny and her business partner Victoria Hopkirk discover the sad truth at the heart of the merciless killing of a promising young artist who had been part of the great Liverpool arts movement of the 1960s. Along the way they discover some important paintings that had been hidden for decades and finally bring answers and understanding to a family that had been grieving for too long.
The Cold Light of Mourning
The North Wales town of Llanelen is shocked when posh bride Meg Wynne Thompson goes missing on her wedding day. The last person believed to have seen her is manicurist Penny Brannigan, an ex-patriate Canadian.
With her new friend, Victoria, Penny sets out to find the killer.
They soon determine that several people, including the bride’s drunken, abusive father, had reasons to wish the bride dead but when the trail leads them to Ty Brith, the groom’s home, they uncover an explosive secret at the heart of Britain’s underworld.
A traditional mystery with surprising twists, The Cold Light of Mourning will keep you guessing.
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