A Welsh village, a missing bride, the wisdom of the long term village school mistress and the inexpert pairing of a manicurist and her new friend all help to solve the mystery. Add a touch of romance and you have the perfect recipe for armchair sleuthing. The debut novel by Elizabeth J. Duncan has a light and sure touch. The manuscript was awarded the 2006 William F. Deeck Malice Domestic grant for unpublished writers and I think the grant committee chose very well. I will be looking out for her next book.