A Brush with Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan
A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Penny Brannigan Mysteries)

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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.


About Elizabeth J. Duncan

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Elizabeth J. Duncan is a winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition 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.
Published July 20, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Canadian transplant Penny Brannigan, long settled in a Welsh village, inherits a cottage and the mystery that comes with it.

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Review: Watercolor artist Penny Brannigan is surprised to learn she has inherited a quaint — but badly in need of renovation — cottage from an old friend … only to discover that its contents may hold the secret to the solution of a decades-old mystery in A Brush with Death, the second entry in th...

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