Nita has chosen "The Cold Light of Mourning" by Elizabeth J. Duncan, the first book in the Penny Brannigan series.
On her wedding day, Meg Wynne Thompson disappears between having a manicure and getting her hair done. The quiet Welsh town of Llanelen is stunned by a full police investigation, the arrest of Meg's fiancé, and the death of his father. But manicurist Penny Brannigan, an expatriate Canadian, realizes the woman who came to her salon was an imposter and seeks to find the truth. Duncan, the first Canadian winner of the Minotaur/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel competition, lulls readers with her soothing prose and depiction of small-town life in Wales and then startles them with a shocker of a denouement. Readers who enjoy Louise Penny, another Canadian mystery author of note, and Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden mysteries will love this one.
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (June 29, 2010)