A Penny Brannigan Mystery

Spa owner and habitual amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan lives in the little Welsh town of Llanelen, where the characters are quirky and lovable and there's always a new mystery to solve. Elizabeth J. Duncan’s charming cozy mystery series begins with The Cold Light of Mourning.

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Slated for Death
Slated for Death
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When the body of well-liked and respectable Glenda Roberts is discovered at the bottom of a former slate mine, now a busy tourist attraction, pandemonium erupts in the North Wales town of Llanelen. Penny Brannigan finds herself drawn into the investigation when jars of her house-brand hand cream are found among counterfeit inventory Glenda and her sister were selling.

Police are convinced that the mine operator whose asthmatic son suffered an almost-fatal attack due to the merchandise is responsible for Glenda’s death. But Penny’s not so sure. A visit to Glenda’s mother only deepens her conviction that a hidden family secret is the real reason for the murder.

Slated for Death is a wonderful traditional mystery with snappy dialogue, lively characters and an enchanting setting. [tagline] => [type] => Fiction [featured] => [rating] => 0.00 [edition] => [pages] => 304 [cd_run_time] => 0 [illustrations_note] => [primary_format] => 1 [date] => Array ( [__className] => DateTime [date] => 2015-04-14 00:00:00 [timezone_type] => 3 [timezone] => America/Chicago ) [sale_date] => Array ( [__className] => DateTime [date] => 2015-04-14 00:00:00 [timezone_type] => 3 [timezone] => America/Chicago ) [keywords] => Slated for Death Elizabeth J. Duncan Elizabeth J. Duncan Slated for Death A Penny Brannigan Mystery Slated for Death Elizabeth J. Duncan Slated for Death Slated for Death Duncan, Elizabeth J. Duncan Elizabeth Duncan 9781250055217 When the body of well-liked and respectable Glenda Roberts is discovered at the bottom of a former slate mine, now a busy tourist attraction, pandemonium erupts in the North Wales town of Llanelen. Penny Brannigan finds herself drawn into the investigation when jars of her house-brand hand cream are found among counterfeit inventory Glenda and her sister were selling.Police are convinced that the mine operator whose asthmatic son suffered an almost-fatal attack due to the merchandise is responsible for Glenda’s death. But Penny’s not so sure. A visit to Glenda’s mother only deepens her conviction that a hidden family secret is the real reason for the murder.Slated for Death is a wonderful traditional mystery with snappy dialogue, lively characters and an enchanting setting. FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths Minotaur Books A Penny Brannigan Mystery A Penny Brannigan Mystery [contributors] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 66540-1-1666 [order] => 1 [note] => Elizabeth J. Duncan [contributor_id] => 1666 [contributor] => Array ( [contributor_id] => 1666 [name] => Elizabeth J. Duncan [seo] => elizabethjduncan [sensitivity] => ) ) ) [series] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 371-66540 [number_in_series] => 6 [series] => Array ( [id] => 371 [name] => A Penny Brannigan Mystery [seo_name] => apennybranniganmystery ) ) ) [prices] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => USD-66540 [locale] => USD [amount] => 25.99 ) ) [formats] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => BB66540 [format_id] => BB [seo_link] => slatedfordeath [format] => Array ( [code] => BB [name] => Hardcover ) [isbn] => Array ( [id] => 66540 [isbn] => 9781250055217 [edition] => [hide] => [title] => Slated for Death [primary_format] => 1 ) ) ) [publisher] => Array ( [id] => 2 [name] => St. Martin's Press [seo_name] => st-martins-press ) )

A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 6)

Elizabeth J. Duncan

St. Martin's Press

When the body of well-liked and respectable Glenda Roberts is discovered at the bottom of a former slate mine, now a busy tourist attraction, pandemonium erupts in the North Wales town of Llanelen....

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Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By
Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By
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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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A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 5)

Elizabeth J. Duncan

St. Martin's Press

A Bloody Words Light Mystery 2014 FinalistSpa owner and habitual amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan finds herself at a clerical conference at Gladstone’s Library in North...

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

 


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A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 4)

Elizabeth J. Duncan

St. Martin's Press

Winner of the Bloody Words Light Mystery AwardThe North Wales market town of Llanelen is abuzz when a Vietnamese family moves into Ty Brith Hall. It isn’t long before...

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A Killer's Christmas in Wales
A Killer's Christmas in Wales
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As the townsfolk of the Welsh valley town of Llanelen settle in for the snowiest winter in twenty-five years, an American stranger arrives. Harry Saunders charms the ladies, one of them in particular: Evelyn Lloyd, the town’s former postmistress, who was left comfortably off after the death of her husband. After Mrs. Lloyd invests a good deal of money with him, Harry goes missing, as does her money. His body is soon discovered outside the walls of Conwy Castle, and Mrs. Lloyd is implicated in the murder.

Although Penny Brannigan and her business partner, Victoria Hopkirk, are busy overseeing the grand opening of their new spa, that doesn’t stop Mrs. Lloyd from desperately seeking Penny’s help to prove her innocence. It’s quite possible that Harry made other enemies while in Llanelen and Penny’s investigation unfolds while she juggles her work at the spa, her growing relationship with Detective Inspector Davies, and the Christmas window competition that she signed up to judge.

With A Killer's Christmas in Wales, Elizabeth J. Duncan delivers a delightful holiday-themed mystery.


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A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 3)

Elizabeth J. Duncan

St. Martin's Press

As the townsfolk of the Welsh valley town of Llanelen settle in for the snowiest winter in twenty-five years, an American stranger arrives. Harry Saunders charms the ladies, one of...

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A Brush with Death
A Brush with Death
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When Penny Brannigan inherits a charming, old-fashioned cottage in the North Wales town of Llanelen, she soon realizes she has come into more than what real estate agents like to describe as a desirable period property: She’s also acquired memories, mystery, and an unsolved, decades-old crime.

           

As Penny sorts through the belongings of her benefactor, a deceased teacher, she comes upon a packet of letters from a promising young Liverpool artist, A. Jones, who was killed in an accident in 1970. An artist herself, Penny sets out to discover who killed this painter, and is helped by a small group of townsfolk, including her business partner, Victoria Hopkirk. While at a retrospective art exhibition in Liverpool, Penny recognizes what she believes to be a watercolor painted by Jones. But it is attributed to another artist, leading her to suspect that art theft was at the heart of the case, and that Jones’s death was no accident.

           

In her eagerly awaited sequel Duncan wonderfully revisits the bustling Welsh town and vibrant characters introduced in The Cold Light of Mourning. With its lyrical prose and tantalizing puzzle, this new mystery is a treat on many levels.


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A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 2)

Elizabeth J. Duncan

St. Martin's Press

When Penny Brannigan inherits a charming, old-fashioned cottage in the North Wales town of Llanelen, she soon realizes she has come into more than what real estate agents like to describe...

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The Cold Light of Mourning
The Cold Light of Mourning
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Elizabeth J. Duncan spins a charming tale of murder and intrigue in this winning first novel.

The picturesque North Wales market town of Llanelen is shocked when Meg Wynne Thompson, a self-made beauty who has turned out to be something of an unpopular bride, goes missing on her wedding day…and turns up dead. The last person believed to have seen her is manicurist Penny Brannigan, an expatriate Canadian who has lived in North Wales for almost twenty-five years. When Penny notices that something is not quite right at the funeral of her dearest friend, she becomes emotionally invested in the case, and sets out to investigate.

It seems that several people, including the bride’s drunken, abusive father, had reasons to wish Meg dead, but when the trail leads to her groom’s home, an explosive secret will shake the small town.

With its bucolic Welsh setting and vivid, colorful characters, this mystery is sure to delight the most discerning of traditional-mystery fans.


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A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 1)

Elizabeth J. Duncan

St. Martin's Press

Elizabeth J. Duncan spins a charming tale of murder and intrigue in this winning first novel.The picturesque North Wales market town of Llanelen is shocked when Meg Wynne Thompson,...

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