A Killer's Christmas in Wales Summary ✓ 104


  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • A Killer's Christmas in Wales
  • Elizabeth J. Duncan
  • English
  • 20 October 2019
  • 9780312622831

10 thoughts on “A Killer's Christmas in Wales

  1. says:

    The residents in a small Welsh town are bustling around with their Christmas preparations when a charming American man sweeps the widow Evelyn Lloyd off her feet He vanishes with a large sum of money that Evelyn gave him to invest When he is found murdered outside Conwy Castle the police interview Evelyn and other people who were visiting the castle Penny Brannigan a local spa owner helps investigate to try to clear Evelyn's nameA Killer's Christmas in Wales is a slow moving cozy mystery Much of the story is about the relationships among the townspeople The story is predictable but readers may enjoy its holiday warmth and small town charm


  2. says:

    I was excited to win this advance reading copy but when I got it and started on a dark gloomy morning the old jokey first line it was a dark and stormy night came to mind It started slowly and I might have uit but felt I wanted to be able to review it so I plodded through the first pages I am so glad I did This book was a warm delightful blend of murder she wrote or the cat who books with the charm and wonderful characters of Rosamund Pilcher Once Into the story I could not turn away Now I want to know about the characters and will be looking for the other books in the series and now I would love a chance to visit Wales Charming and highly recommended


  3. says:

    Decision 201920 holiday season read Christmas books Elizabeth J Duncan’s A Killer’s Christmas in Wales Penny Brannigan Mystery #3 is one of the holiday books I have in my stash of holiday books and I have had it awhile so I decided to read it One attraction is the setting of Wales Also I have read other Penny Brannigan mysteries and enjoyed them This holiday cozie was easy to decipher I identified the killer in the middle of the book I thought Oh so close but the author ‘caught’ me That is a fun part The book on the whole took just too long to solve the mystery At least this reader feels it did The setting of the murder is Conwy Castle in North Wales which I have visited and I could picture perfectly just what was taking place This is another fun part In fact I really enjoyed this part as I felt I was there Another fascinating connection made by the author is the skeleton found in Penny and Victoria’s renovation of a very old building for their new spa That was fun too Christmas spirit abounds or tries to do so but with the obvious murder victim and many various excursions taken by some characters the book was easy to put down I did that and read another book before finishing this mystery Thus 3 stars


  4. says:

    I suppose I should start by saying this is the first book in the series that I've read It was easy enough to get into and although a bit of the plot referred to previous events I didn't find it confusing Except Penny and Victoria's relationship puzzled me They're opening a business together but didn't seem to like each other much Unfortunately I didn't find the plot particularly interesting It's a uick read and the Welsh setting was nice there were a few words and phrases thrown in that I enjoyed Christmas was represented by snow and mince pies but otherwise it wasn't much of a holiday storyThe book jumped around between a number of POVs so that the MC didn't seem all that important till the end I never felt the characters came alive and it was hard to care much about any of them Other than hoping the scam artist would get what he deserved I didn't care who did it either And in the end the solution was very uick and unremarkable and the killer's motivation didn't convince me at all I read it and thought seriously? That's it? So though I might try another in the series some day I won't be running out for them any time soon Too bad I'm always on the look out for cozies that aren't set in the US


  5. says:

    Read the advanced copy of this book and really enjoyed it This is the perfect book for those lovers of the whodunnit genre Also I have always enjoyed reading stories where the backdrop is a foreign country in this case the beautiful country of Wales Mingling the culture in the story line ie food holiday traditions etc makes the reader feel like a traveler After I finished the book I was looking forward for some mince pie and hot chocolate


  6. says:

    Sometimes you just need a Murder She Wrote type book and this is one of those I really enjoyed cozying up with this book during the busy Christmas season I plan to read in this series


  7. says:

    #3 in the series and a delightA well constructed mystery A skeleton is found in the spa that Penny and Victoria are renovating A mystery man from the US arrives in Wales and wows the local older female contingent especially Mrs Lloyd His intentions may not be good ones When he is found murdered there are obvious suspects But what if anything does this have to do with small items disappearing from thrift shops and homes? Maybe nothingI loved the characters and the mature relationship between Penny and her Inspector There were clues sprinkled throughout as to the murderer and I did guess who but it was not overly obvious I will definitely continue with this series


  8. says:

    What is nicer than a Welsh village at Christmas time where everybody knows one another and gathers to gossip and celebrate together? Only a foreigner can break that peace of snow carols and traditions especially when he’s a charming cheater who seduces lonely women and can provoke strong negative feelings to the most sensitive weaker ones Penny Brannigan the heroine of this whodunit series is just about to open her new spa when she gets involved into the murder investigation of such a man and at such a busy time but she has to help her friends even if they’re the very ones who raise a lot of doubts and suspicions in her


  9. says:

    I won this ARC through a giveaway here on GoodreadsA Killer's Christmas In Wales by Elizabeth J Duncan 3rd in series The Synopsis As the townsfolk of the Welsh valley town of Llanelen settle in for the snowiest winter in 25 years an American stranger arrives Harry Saunders charms the ladies and one in particular–Evelyn Lloyd the town’s former post mistress who was left comfortably off after the death of her husband Harry convinces Mrs Lloyd to invest money with him Then he goes missing as does her money His body is soon discovered outside the walls of Conwy Castle a letter opener belonging to Mrs Lloyd in his backPenny Brannigan is busy with the grand opening of her new spa but that doesn't stop Mrs Lloyd from desperately seeking her help to prove her innocence My review As indicated I won this book in a giveaway here on the site It is not a typical read for me as I normally don't have the patience to read straight mystery However the combination of the English village setting and the Christmas holidays theme enticed me into giving this a tryI know there are a great many people that enjoy these cozy small town mysteries and I honestly hoped to be one of them I will say that I am certain there is a built in audience for this series and I have no doubt this book will be an all around winner with them Sadly for me that wasn't the case It wasn't a bad read but it wasn't a terribly good read either The characters simply did not engage me Though I believe this was set in the present the writing seemed terribly old fashioned to me To be very frank I was bored I don't like to say that but it's the honest truthFor those already loving this series please carry on My opinion won't and shouldn't sway you For those of you undecided? Well give it a try You never know until you do


  10. says:

    The heroine in this book Penny Brannigan borders on being one of those TSTL cozy heroines She's restrained in this book which leads me to be accepting of her small lapses in this book She does seem to get sidetracked into investigating the murder of a con man that came to town and neglecting her duties in the new spa she and her partner are opening But at least she doesn't just go off an interrogate everyone she suspects and doesn't put herself in what could be perilous situations She does end up being in a very perilous situation in this book but at least its not a situation she rushes into as part of her investigation Peggy is an seasoned woman in her 50's and I do enjoy her continued romance and friendship with the local police official He does seem to accept and welcome her insights and help They seem to have a mature and solid relationship and its hinted that it's heating up a bit in this bookFor what I would characterize as a cozy mystery this is on the high end of the scale A light easy read but without the recklessness and stupidity that seems to be in most cozies


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A Killer's Christmas in Wales

Elizabeth J. Duncan É 4 Summary

Harry goes missing as does her money His body is soon discovered outside the walls of Conwy Castle and Mrs Lloyd is implicated in the murderAlthough 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 I suppose I should start by saying this is the first book in the series that I've read It was easy enough to get into and although a bit of the plot referred to previous events I didn't find it confusing Except Penny and Victoria's relationship puzzled me They're opening a business together but didn't seem to like each other much Unfortunately I didn't find the plot particularly interesting It's a uick read and the Welsh setting was nice there were a few words and phrases thrown in that I enjoyed Christmas was represented by snow and mince pies but otherwise it wasn't much of a holiday storyThe book jumped around between a number of POVs so that the MC didn't seem all that important till the end I never felt the characters came alive and it was hard to care much about any of them Other than hoping the scam artist would get what he deserved I didn't care who did it either And in the end the solution was very uick and unremarkable and the killer's motivation didn't convince me at all I read it and thought seriously? That's it? So though I might try another in the series some day I won't be running out for them any time soon Too bad I'm always on the look out for cozies that aren't set in the US

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Uite 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 judgeWith 'A Killer's Christmas in Wales' Elizabeth J Duncan delivers a delightful holiday themed myster I won this ARC through a giveaway here on GoodreadsA Killer's Christmas In Wales by Elizabeth J Duncan 3rd in series The Synopsis As the townsfolk of the Welsh valley town of Llanelen settle in for the snowiest winter in 25 years an American stranger arrives Harry Saunders charms the ladies and one in particular–Evelyn Lloyd the town’s former post mistress who was left comfortably off after the death of her husband Harry convinces Mrs Lloyd to invest money with him Then he goes missing as does her money His body is soon discovered outside the walls of Conwy Castle a letter opener belonging to Mrs Lloyd in his backPenny Brannigan is busy with the grand opening of her new spa but that doesn't stop Mrs Lloyd from desperately seeking her help to prove her innocence My review As indicated I won this book in a giveaway here on the site It is not a typical read for me as I normally don't have the patience to read straight mystery However the combination of the English village setting and the Christmas holidays theme enticed me into giving this a tryI know there are a great many people that enjoy these cozy small town mysteries and I honestly hoped to be one of them I will say that I am certain there is a built in audience for this series and I have no doubt this book will be an all around winner with them Sadly for me that wasn't the case It wasn't a bad read but it wasn't a terribly good read either The characters simply did not engage me Though I believe this was set in the present the writing seemed terribly old fashioned to me To be very frank I was bored I don't like to say that but it's the honest truthFor those already loving this series please carry on My opinion won't and shouldn't sway you For those of you undecided? Well give it a try You never know until you do

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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 The residents in a small Welsh town are bustling around with their Christmas preparations when a charming American man sweeps the widow Evelyn Lloyd off her feet He vanishes with a large sum of money that Evelyn gave him to invest When he is found murdered outside Conwy Castle the police interview Evelyn and other people who were visiting the castle Penny Brannigan a local spa owner helps investigate to try to clear Evelyn's nameA Killer's Christmas in Wales is a slow moving cozy mystery Much of the story is about the relationships among the townspeople The story is predictable but readers may enjoy its holiday warmth and small town charm


About the Author: Elizabeth J. Duncan

After graduating from Carleton University Ottawa with a BA in English Elizabeth J Duncan worked as a writer and editor for some of Canada’s largest newspapers and as a public relations practitionerA two time winner of the Bloody Words Award for Canada's best light mystery she is the author of two traditional mystery series Penny Brannigan set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills