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 DS Megan Pencarrow, Eleanor's niece, investigate. But in A Colourful Death, the second Cornish Mystery from Carola Dunn, 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.
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I really wanted to like this series. As a Dorothy Gilman fan I was looking for a similar tough and resourceful older heroine. Unfortunately, even though all of the characters kept talking about how quirky and unexpectedly resourceful the heroine Eleanor Trewynn was, nothing in her character or actions proved it to me. She is like a cardboard cutout. I read two of the books in the series to give it a chance, but was disappointed in both.
This is the second in a series and I gave the story a 3 because it is supposed to be a mystery and I knew early on who the murderer must be. That said, the characters are likable and interesting. They really are the book. And with a very good performance, this is a fun book to listen to. I worked on a quilt while it played and the time was really enjoyable.
I would suggest reading the first two in order as the character's personalities do develop. If you want something intense, neither book is going to meet your need, but when you just want to sit back an enjoy, give them a try.
"Blatantly obvious from the start "
I love Carola Dunn's books but with this book was quite disappointed. It was blatantly obvious from the very beginning who the murderer was and was so odd why all the characters kept going around in circles like it was a huge mystery - especially when they're portrayed as clever and insightful. I spent the entire book waiting in frustration for the characters to catch up.
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