Title: A Killer’s Christmas in Wales
Author: Elizabeth J. Duncan
The Blurb: 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 ConwyCastle, and Mrs. Lloyd is implicated in the 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…
My Thoughts: A KILLER’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES is the third book in the series, but the first I have read. The Christmassy village described is the archetypal Welsh village in winter so I was in Christmas heaven as the whodunit was played against a background of Christmas activities. So much everyday detail – cups of tea with scones, decorated shop windows, holly berries, even a village play by a Welsh playwright – yet the detail was not so great that your eyes glaze over in the minutia. The person who was murdered was dispatched in a satisfactory manner (stabbed and pushed off a wall in a castle ruin) and the main suspect had every reason to kill. When the murderer was revealed I was taken by surprise, but it all made sense. The investigation took place with good humour, a sense of menace as the truth was about to come out, and a little bit of romance between the village policeman and the amateur sleuth. All in all a lovely Christmas mystery!
Rating: B – A really, really good read.
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