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A Killer's Christmas in Wales (Penny Brannigan #3)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  542 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews

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 go

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Published October 25th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Dixie Goode
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 quit 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 tur
Lillian Agosto
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 i.e, 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!
Elizabeth (Liz)
***I won this ARC through a giveaway here on Goodreads***

A 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
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, mystery-cozy
The heroine in this book Penny Brannigan, borders on being one of those TSTL cozy heroines. She's more restrained in this book, which leads me to be more 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 ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, christmas
A Killer's Christmas in Wales is the third book in the series, but the first I have read. The Christmassy village is described as the archetypal Welsh village in winter I was in Christmas heaven as the whodunit was played against a background of Christmas activities. So much everyday detail – cups of tea, decorated shop windows, holly berries, a village play – 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 ma ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed visiting with Penny in her cozy little town in Wales. She is in the process of opening her new spa when a new man in town raises eyebrows by getting close to an older woman. When he is found dead, and his lady friend is implicated, Penny does what she can to crack the case. This book was Christmas cozy, wintry, snowy and fun. I loved it!
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Penny Brannigan mystery set in Wales. It's written by a Canadian who lives part of the year in Wales. She has really absorbed the culture and the country and writes well. I've enjoyed all her books. I loved the references in this one to good table manners! It's fun to follow her on facebook as she always has interesting photos of the countryside in Wales. Read on my kobo.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in the goodreads give away.

I was concerned about reviewing this as it started out very slow, but am glad I stuck with it. it was a charming mystery, with wonderful small town characters. This was a great way to spend an afternoon curled up on the couch.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more in this series.
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Reading this book I am Defenatly going to the book store and geting some other books by Elizabeth J. Duncan. It was Just that goodI received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads
William Jolly
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was enjoyable from start to finish.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light easy mystery set in Wales. Look for her other titles The Cold Light of Mourning and A Brush with Death.
Mystereity Reviews
This is such an enjoyable series, with cute characters, a gorgeous location and the plots move along quickly.
Sep 15, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from the first reads giveaways and I am so excited to read it. Thanks.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series more with each book possibly because one gets to warm up to the characters and to know them better with time. Some of the new characters as well as the regulars in the previous books are included in this book, and I especially enjoy reading about Florence, a down to earth, interesting, and a nurturing character, as well as an ex-con, Jimmy, from a nursing home. In spite of their advanced ages, they are both so feisty, quirky, and full of life. Also the story about Mrs. Lloyd’ ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penny and Victoria open a new spa, while Penny solves 2 murders, judges the town Xmas displays and helps a friend.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well written fluff of the continuing story of our manicurist solving murders. Wouldn't be nearly as interesting if it didn't take place in Wales.
Cyn Mcdonald
Entirely too predictable. Anything else I could say would be a spoiler.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Penny Brannigan mysteries are adequate time-passers. I like the setting in Wales and I am familiar with the characters. Plots are usually good, with unexpected twists.
Mary K.
Another fun read.
This is another enjoyable cozy mystery, but I can't seem to give these a 4 star review.
Caroline Sherwin
Killer's was what it was meant to be - a cozy mystery with Christmas thrown in for a bonus in small town Wales. perfect cast of characters & whodunit until the last two chapters. Just the type of book to read on these cold March days
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Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I received this book as an Advanced Read Copy (ARC) in a Goodreads giveaway.

This is a well-written and entertaining book. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout the story that will keep you guessing the identity of the killer. Even so, don't read this expecting a mile-a-minute thriller and a shocking discovery at the end. You're not likely to gasp and say "Oh no - not himher!" when the killer is revealed. The cover of this book compares it to other "English village cozy" mysteries and t
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This review was originally posted on Read Me Away.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The mystery was well-crafted, I understood the motivations behind all the people involved, and the characters were all varied and interesting. It's the third book in a series but it can work as a standalone. There are some events that are talked about that happened in previous books, but it isn't completely essential to the plot. I liked the main character, Penny Brannigan. She was funny and likeable, and
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I won this book through the First Reads promotion. Thank you!

This story takes place during the holidays in a quaint little Welsh village. The characters are mostly endearing, smalltown folk. It is an easy, short read at 274 pages and kept my attention. This is a murder mystery that is not too complex, which I would not expect it to be because of it's length. We learn from the jacket cover that Harry Saunders is murdered, and that Evelyn Lloyd is taken in by his scheme giving her a large sum of m
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
It's December, so of course it's time for me to read holiday-themed books, and this is the one I chose first. I am not at all familiar with the series, and I have read very few things set in modern-day Wales, so I was curious. I enjoyed this book.

Penny Brannigan and her friend and business partner, Victoria, are busy planning for the opening of their new spa in a small Welsh town. They have previously owned a nail salon, but Penny received an inheritance that has allowed them to take their busin
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Co-Spa owners, Penny Brannigan and Victoria Hopkirk are excitedly preparing to open their new Spa at the same time one of their customers, Mrs. Lloyd meets a newcomer to town, Harry Saunders.

Mrs. Lloyd is a middle-aged woman who has opened her home to a less fortunate woman, Florence.They have settled into a comfortable routine as more and more maintenance of the home falls to Florence's capable shoulders. Florence is a sensible woman and realizes that her new situation is far better than before
Shonna Froebel
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
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 h
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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 practitioner.

A 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
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