A Colourful Death

A Colourful Death

A Cornish Mystery

Book - 2010
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"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 uneventful life with her dog and friends in this quiet town. Unfortunately, excitement seems to happen around her.

Her friend and neighbor, artist Nick Gresham, returns from a trip only to find several of his paintings slashed, reportedly by rival local artist Geoffrey Clarke. When Nick goes to have it out with him, with Eleanor in tow, they find Clarke's body in his studio, fatally stabbed in the back. Accused of the crime, Nick ends up in jail, while Detective Inspector Scumble and DSMegan Pencarrow, Eleanor's niece, investigate. But Eleanor isn't leaving anything to chance--she starts doing a little investigating of her own, and soon learns that Nick is far from the only one with a compelling motive for murder.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312379469
Branch Call Number: MYS Dunn
Characteristics: 337p


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Dec 16, 2016

(The second book in the Cornish Mystery series)

Jan 10, 2015

This is my first book by Dunn, so I cannot compare it to her others, but it seems to be less a cozy mystery than a character study of Cornish villagers as they deal with murder. Very enjoyable, light read with enough people to entertain but not so many that one wants to make a chart to keep them straight. Dunn makes it clear who is and is not central to the story. I mostly chose this because I thought the dog played a central role, and was sorry it didn't.

Apr 14, 2014

This is the second in a new series. I enjoyed it. It is a relaxing story not an Agatha Christie deep thinker. Looking forward to reading book 3.

JYC666 Feb 21, 2014

Figured out the murderer immediately. Characters are caricatures and not very interesting ones.

Mar 30, 2011

This reminded me a little of Mrs. Pickerel.

Dec 17, 2010

I finished this book but found the plot and characters too simplistic and not very realistic- best for a summer mindless read.

Dec 10, 2010

This was ok but I prefer the Hamish McBeth character. Was kind of slow to get through but the setting was interesting.

Sep 25, 2010

A second series by this author. Feed your family before you start, because you won't want interruptions.

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