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A Colourful Death (Cornish Mystery #2)

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  533 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
"Adept at showing character through witty dialogue, Dunn paints an amusing picture of a small town that readers will want to visit again soon." —Publishers Weekly on Manna From Hades

Eleanor Trewynn is a recently retired widow who has moved to the small village of Port Mabyn in Cornwall. Neither frail nor retiring, after a lifetime of traveling the world, she's ready for an
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Published June 8th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published June 2nd 2010)
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Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy, british
The biggest downfall in the book was that I knew who did it almost from the beginning, so there wasn't much of a mystery.

Most of the book goes from interview to interview of the suspects. It's all a bit too rambling and not very interesting.

I gave it a two instead of a one because I do like the dog in the story and the atmosphere. I just don't care much for the people.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Colorful Death by Carola Dunn, sequel to Manna from Hades, set in Cornwall, focuses on local artists, first and foremost Nick Gresham, neighbor to Eleanor Trewynn. Nick returns joyfully from a trip to an important gallery in London that has requested to display his artwork for sale, only to find that several of his major pieces have been slashed by a fellow artist in jealousy over Nick's success. Furious over the destruction of the work he has put so much effort into creating, Nick determines ...more
Chris Conley
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cozy with really interesting main characters is a treat. These books have reawakened my love of small English villages and the delightful eccentrics who live there and solve mysteries.
Caroline Taggart
Disappointing. I haven't read the Daisy Dalrymple stories for which this author is best known,so can’t compare. This was a perfectly enjoyable lightweight whodunnit – an artist is found murdered and it seems that everyone he knew thinks the world will be a better place without him. Enter our heroine, an elderly widow with an improbable combination of absent-mindedness and great acuity.

Fair enough, if nothing special. But the book seems to have been set in the 1960s for no better reason than to
Mary Kay
I like feisty old ladies who solve mysteries, especially when the locale is a beautiful English village.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another terrific yarn with Eleanor Trewynn as the leading character.
Always in such good humour too.
Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple books are lightweight, murdery fun, so I had high hopes for this. Alas, no. This is a different series, about a crime-solving old lady. It's long, trying to be complex, and plodding. A pity, because the two protagonists (widowed charity shop worker and Aikido practitioner, Eleanor Trewynn, and her niece, Detective Sergeant Megan Pencarrow) could have been interesting. They just needed a better book. Certainly one that didn't make the culprit obvious from the moment ...more
Enjoyable cozy. This is book #2 with these characters and there is a lot of reference to developments from the first book (which I hadn't read).

This book seems to be set in the 1970s since there is reference to one of the characters being the first woman police detective but there is no actual mention of the date. (It was published in 2010.)
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the Daisy Dalrymple series and had hoped the Cornish mysteries would measure up but sadly no. I don't think I will bother to read any more, the only character I liked was the dog. Disappointing.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish I could be there and meet the characters.
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could have had tighter structure. Felt a bit repetitive or at least that the story was going around incircles. The main character needed more development.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
if I find it a chore to finish the book, then it's not for me :-)
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cornwall at its best
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, I came to read directly after reading the first book as it was so good. The story was exciting, full of great characters of those you can get to know and feel for. The 'little old lady on her own' becoming detective in her local village has been done before, but not so lovingly and with such character. Her small dog giving her the company she needs. I totally loved this book and think it's the best in the series of 3.
From DuMaurier to Susan Cooper, with TV series such as POLDARK and DOC
MARTIN, and probably others I can't recall now, I've always enjoyed
works set in Cornwall. Maybe someday I'll get to go there. Meanwhile,
I can enjoy Carola Dunn's new series of Cornish Mysteries. A COLOURFUL
DEATH was a great break from tax preparation class, especially since I
was reading it in a large print edition -- it's so nice that large
print books now come out almost simultaneously with the "regular"
format. I can still rea
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, own
Eleanor Trewynn and her niece Megan are at it once more, off solving a murder of a most disliked man. This time one that Eleanor drove Nick to see and Nick is accused of the Murder, at first. Eleanor knows he didn't do it as he was with him the entire time he came back from London. The local police mess up the investigation and in comes brash DI Scumble and DS Megan Pencarrow to solve the case. DS Pencarrow fights hard against the prejudices of women in the police force, especially the detective ...more
Louise Culmer
A pleasant but unremarkable murder mystery set in Cornwall in the 1960s. Eleanor Trewyn is a widow in her sixties who helps to run the LonStar charity shop, and has a habit of getting involved with murders. In this one, her young friend Nick Gresham, an artist, is accused of murdering another artist, Geoffrey Monmouth, who in a fit of spite had slashed Nick's paintings. On the scene is Eleanor's niece, Ds Megan Pencarrow, and her boss, Inspector Scumble. Unsurprisingly, Inspector Scumble isn't v ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor Trewynn is once more involved in a murder when her friend and neighbour Nicholas Gresham finds the body of a fellow artist in a pool of blood with a dagger sticking out of his back. The fact that the artist has damaged Nicholas’s own paintings gives D I Pearce a cast iron motive for treating Nicholas as prime suspect. The case is soon handed over to the grumpy D I Scumble and Eleanor’s niece, Megan who is a detective sergeant.

This is an interesting mystery with artistic and personal riva
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Port Mabyn, Cornwall, Eleanor "Aunt Nell" Trewynn has retired from a life of traveling the world. She is very happy in the small town and operates the local thrift store.

Eleanor's friend and neighbor Nick Gresham, a local artist, returns from London only to be greeted by the destruction of several of his paintings. As soon as he sees the damage, he believes his artistic rival Geoffrey Monmouth vandalized his work. Nick, along with Eleanor, goes to confront Geoffrey and is stunned to find that
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book. It is indeed a cozy and in these times a cozy is a peaceful respite from all the events of the day. The story begins with the murder of an artist and a close friend of the narrator Eleanor is initially the prime suspect. There are witnesses who claim that Nick plunged the knife into the victim's back. The victim lived in an artist colony and was not well liked. This setting allows for numerous suspects. Each is explored until the final suspect is arrested. All of this is f ...more
Artist Nick Gresham is accused of murder when the man who vandalized his paintings is killed. Fortunately, Nick's friend and neighbor Eleanor Trewynn can give him an alibi for the crime. Even more fortunately, Eleanor's niece Megan is detective sergeant on the case, along with her boss, the abrasive but not unintelligent Scumble. Retired charity worker Eleanor is not your typical little old lady--she has an eye for people and a knowledge of Aikido--and she decides that it won't hurt to find out ...more
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads

This was a good read, but I felt that the original policeman handling the murder was portrayed as making too many errors. Granted, this is not taking place now (I believe it takes place in the 1960s), and I know that police people are like all other people and make mistakes, but I felt it was a little too much when the policeman did not even go all the way into the room where the victim lay, and did not realize paint was on the floor not blood. Still a good read, and this didn't hurt the
Bev Taylor
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excitement and intrigue seem to follow widow eleanor around!

a cornish mystery

eleanor collects her artist friend nick from the railway station after his visit to london. he discovers that all his paintings in the studio have been slashed and he is sure he knows the culprit

eleanor decides it would be better to accompany him on his quest and so they discover the accused's dead body

nick is accused of the murder and it is up to him and eleanor - plus the police - to discover the truth. not forget
Nov 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor Trewynn, widowed, retired, and seeking a quiet life spends a few uncomfortable days solving the mystery of the murdered artist. Her good friend, Nick Gresham, and she walked into a gallery and discovered the dead man, just as his girlfriend arrives and accuses Nick of the murder. Eleanor stays one step (sometimes more than one step) ahead of the police, interviewing suspects, learning their secrets and solving the case.

This was a very pleasant book to read on a cold, rainy day. It goes a
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy-mystery
Wish I had read Bk1 as I felt a little lost at times with references to people, relationships & events that were a mystery to me. Even the time period was unspecified- from content clues like music I assume late 60s?? The actual mystery was no great surprise but getting there was the fun. Quaint Cornish village locations, variety of colorful characters and some fun rivalry between the various police factions as well as some women's lib type issues with the newly promoted only female investi ...more
Cornwall England setting for this 1960s style story of art, art commune and the artists' part in art crime plus murders. It seemed to take an extraordinary length of time to get to the conclusion or maybe it was just my frustration with language usage; it felt like the author was trying too hard to find extremely formal language that hindered both flow and reader accessibility. Not my favourite read by this author.
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This writer excells at cozy mysteries that are not too cozy, if you know what I mean. In this outing, Evelyn Tyrnewell returns from picking up her neighbor Nick from the train station only to find his studio broken into and his art slashed. Thinking he knows the culpurate, Evelyn persuades him to allow her to go with him, to prevent him from doing something foolish, only to find the guy dead. It's up to Evelyn to convince the police that Nick's innocent.
Eleanor Trewynn is a little less annoying this time round, although still too dithery to be really likeable. Her friend Joce, however, is so prissy and holier-than-thou that she really grates. Eleanor's niece DS Megan Pencarrow is no more than competent. Her boss, the much-maligned DI Scumble, is the only character who knows what he's doing.

I was able to figure out the murderer immediately, which I hate, so this was a little disappointing.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I figured out the murderer by page 29 and then had to slog through 308 pages just to make sure I was right! I figured out the method of murder number two as soon as it was mentioned some 200 pages before it was employed. I didn't cut my mystery-reading skills on Agatha Christie for nothing!
This book would have benefited greatly from a Reader's Digest Condensed version and some quick tutorials in how to cloak one's clues!
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Carola Dunn is the author of more than 30 Regency romances, as well as 16 mysteries (the Daisy Dalrymple mystery series is set in England in the 1920s). Ms. Dunn was born and grew up in England, where she got a B.A. in Russian and French from Manchester University. She travelled as far as Fiji before returning to settle in California. After 30 years in the US, she says she still sounds as if she a ...more
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