I love a good mystery, and I love a good Christmas story. So when I find both wrapped up in one package, it’s a bonus, especially when the author is a Canadian.
A Killer’s Christmas in Wales is the third book in a delightful series by Elizabeth Duncan. Her heroine, Penny Brannigan, is an expatriate Canadian and manicurist who has lived in Llanelen, Wales for twenty-five years. As a snowy Christmas approaches, an American stranger, Harry Saunders, arrives in town. He charms the ladies and swindles Evelyn Lloyd, a wealthy widow, out of a considerable sum of money. After he goes missing with her money, he is found murdered with her letter opener in his back. Evelyn, in desperation, asks Penny to help prove her innocence. Penny suffers more than the usual pre-Christmas rush as she is juggles her investigating with her budding relationship with Detective Inspector Davis, as well as opening a new spa with her partner and judging the Christmas displays in the shop windows.
Elizabeth Duncan’s first novel, A Cold Light of Mourning, won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel. She has also been shortlisted for the Agatha and Arthur Ellis Awards.
This is a wonderful cozy mystery to curl up with on a cold winter’s night and forget about your own pre-Christmas rush for a while.
Other cozy Christmas mysteries you might enjoy are:
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
As the Pig Turns by M.C. Beaton
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie