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Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By

A Penny Brannigan Mystery

A Penny Brannigan Mystery

Elizabeth J. Duncan

Minotaur Books

A Bloody Words Light Mystery 2014 Finalist

Spa owner and habitual amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan finds herself at a clerical conference at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales. Also attending as a guest speaker is her boyfriend, DCI Gareth Davies, there to give a talk on theft prevention. But behind the ornate red sandstone façade of this most respectable of Victorian buildings, Penny encounters deception, blackmail, and murder.

When the bishop’s secretary dies of a suspicious case of food poisoning, Davies leads the investigation. At Penny’s suggestion, Florence Semble, a friend from Penny’s adopted hometown, is invited to the Library to decode the secretary’s shorthand notebook in the search for clues. As the conference continues, another body is found in the beautiful Library itself, and Penny must once again search for a killer.

Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By is a fine entry in a series celebrated for its small-town charm, Welsh flavor, and lovable characters.

A Bloody Words Light Mystery 2014 Finalist

Spa owner and habitual amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan finds herself at a clerical conference at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales. Also attending as a guest speaker is her boyfriend, DCI Gareth Davies, there to give a talk on theft prevention. But behind the ornate red sandstone façade of this most respectable of Victorian buildings, Penny encounters deception, blackmail, and murder.

When the bishop’s secretary dies of a suspicious case of food poisoning, Davies leads the investigation. At Penny’s suggestion, Florence Semble, a friend from Penny’s adopted hometown, is invited to the Library to decode the secretary’s shorthand notebook in the search for clues. As the conference continues, another body is found in the beautiful Library itself, and Penny must once again search for a killer.

Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By is a fine entry in a series celebrated for its small-town charm, Welsh flavor, and lovable characters.

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“Hello, darling. It’s me. Just wanted to let you know that I will be attending the conference at the library after all. It’ll be wonderful to see you, but we’ll have to be careful. We wouldn’t want … well, you know.” The speaker cleared his throat and hesitated, as if trying to decide whether he should say anything more. Then, apparently deciding to leave it at that or perhaps just not wanting to say too much, he ended with a somewhat lame, “Right, well, bye now, and we’ll talk soon, I hope.”
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Praise for Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By

"This fifth entry in a winning series...is a pleasing update of the 'body in the library' standard. In the time-honored tradition of village cozies, Duncan provides structure, subtle clues, rampant gossip, and a satisfying conclusion."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Multiple plotlines, a sympathetic main character, and its lovingly described Welsh setting add to the appeal of this satisfying cozy."—Booklist

"Clever and chilling, 'Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By' includes a storied plot device—a body in the library—as well as well-fashioned characters and interesting settings. Duncan, who teaches at a Toronto college, spends several weeks each year in Wales, and those trips pay off handsomely in her latest novel."—Richmond-Times Dispatch

“Like the earlier books, this one fits somewhere between traditional and cozy. Or is that redundant? Whatever style Duncan’s books fall into, she seems to have it pretty much nailed.” —The Toronto Star
"This fifth entry in a winning series...is a pleasing update of the 'body in the library' standard. In the time-honored tradition of village cozies, Duncan provides structure, subtle clues, rampant gossip, and a satisfying conclusion."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Multiple plotlines, a sympathetic main character, and its lovingly described Welsh setting add to the appeal of this satisfying cozy."—Booklist

"Clever and chilling, 'Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By' includes a storied plot device—a body in the library—as well as well-fashioned characters and interesting settings. Duncan, who teaches at a Toronto college, spends several weeks each year in Wales, and those trips pay off handsomely in her latest novel."—Richmond-Times Dispatch

“Like the earlier books, this one fits somewhere between traditional and cozy. Or is that redundant? Whatever style Duncan’s books fall into, she seems to have it pretty much nailed.” —The Toronto Star

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Elizabeth J. Duncan

  • Elizabeth J. Duncan is a winner of the 2013 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award 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 programs at Humber College.
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