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A Small Hill to Die On

A Small Hill to Die On

A Penny Brannigan Mystery

A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 4)

Elizabeth J. Duncan

Minotaur Books




Winner of the Bloody Words Light Mystery Award

The North Wales market town of Llanelen is abuzz when a Vietnamese family moves into Ty Brith Hall. It isn't long before the family's business dealings have the townsfolk wondering what's really going on up at the big house on the hill.

Things take a sinister turn when Penny Brannigan, spending a midwinter afternoon sketching the magnificent views that surround the town, discovers the body of the new family's teenage daughter. Many secrets lie buried in the shallow grave, along with the girl, who Penny identifies by the snakeskin manicure she received at Penny's salon. When an elderly woman returns to Llanelen to care for her ailing brother, Penny discovers the truth about another death at Ty Brith Hall, one that hits very close to home. Though Penny's romantic interest, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Davies, warns her to stay away, Penny can't resist getting involved, and her urge to help will ultimately put her in danger.

Elizabeth J. Duncan's fourth offering in this engaging series, A Small Hill to Die On is filled with memorable characters, great escapes, explosive plot twists, and plenty of Welsh charm.



Penny Brannigan rolled over and glared at the glowing red numbers on her alarm clock. Four o'clock in the bloody morning. She'd done all the right things to prepare for a good night's sleep: a luxurious soak in a warm,...


Praise for A Small Hill to Die On

“[A] satisfying addition to an entertaining cozy series.” —Booklist

“This latest entry provides flashes of local color and the usual likable characters.” —Kirkus Reviews

“First-time readers will not get lost in the fourth Penny Brannigan story: All of the relationships are clearly explained and you'll feel as though you have known Penny for years. The secondary characters are likeable, the town is beautifully described and [the story] has a very satisfying conclusion.” —RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

“Elizabeth J. Duncan weaves an intriguing tale in this latest installment of her captivating series set in glorious North Wales. With vivid, realistic characters and a clever plot, Duncan's evocative prose and gentle sense of humor have never been better. A thoroughly entertaining read.” —Hannah Dennison, author of the Vicky Hill Mysteries

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Elizabeth J. Duncan

Elizabeth J. Duncan is a winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition (for The Cold Light of Mourning) and has been a finalist for the Agatha and Arthur Ellis Awards. She enjoys spending time each year in North Wales and lives with her dog, Dolly, in Toronto, where she teaches in the public relations program at Humber College.

Elizabeth J. Duncan

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