As the operator and owner of a manicure shop, there is very little in the town that she does not know.
While she is a Canadian, she has lived long enough in Northern Wales, which feels more like home than her native Canada. As the series moves along, Penny develops a love interest in Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Davies, who ultimately becomes her boyfriend that plays a significantly bigger role in the latter novels.
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While she possesses no qualifications and experience in detective work, this does not deter her in any way. She employs the services of her boyfriend, DCI Davies, her business partner Victoria, and several other characters in solving a range of murder mysteries. Over time she actually becomes quite good at ferreting out age-old secrets, and decrypting clues that help her unravel some of the most complex of cases. It opens to a picturesque small town of Llanelen in Northern Wales, where Meg Wynne Thompson a local beauty whose attitudes have made her one of the most unpopular persons in town, goes missing on her wedding day, only to turn up dead the following day.
Penny Brannigan the Canadian expat manicurist that has been resident in the town for more than 25 years happens to be the last person to have been with the dead girl.
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Emotionally invested, she knows that there is no one better to investigate the case and bring the killers to justice. However, a little clue that could make the groom complicit may reveal an explosive secret that the small town has kept in the shadows for far too long.
The second novel in the series, A Brush with Death opens with Penny Brannigan as the new owner of an old-fashioned yet charming cottage in Llanelen, a small town in Northern Wales. She has just inherited the house at a time of boom when prices are good and rising. However, the old property also comes with its own baggage having mystery, memories, and most important, it is the scene of a decades old crime.
As she rummages through the belongings of the previous owner, a dead teacher, she stumbles upon a stack of letter written by a fledgling Liverpool artist, A, Jone,s who died in Being an artist, Penny feels compelled to investigate how the young painter met his death, and if it was a homicide.
Enlisting the support of a few interested townspeople and Victoria her business partner, she sets out to unravel the decades old mystery.
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Attending an art exhibition in a nearby town, Brannigan sees what she thinks is one of Jones works. With a tantalizing puzzle and lyrical prose, this mystery will get the pulses of any cozy mystery fan racing. 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.
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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 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, A Brush with Death is a treat on many levels. In Duncan's absorbing second Penny Brannigan mystery after 's The Cold Light of Mourning , the Canadian ex-pat and artist has unexpectedly inherited a cottage in the village of Llanelen, Wales, from her late schoolteacher friend, Emma Teasdale.
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. Helped once more by a small group of townsfolk, including her enterprising business partner, Victoria Hopkirk, Penny sets out to prove her suspicion that art theft is at the heart of the case, and that Jones's death was no accident. In her eagerly awaited sequel Elizabeth J. Duncan wonderfully revisits the bustling Welsh town and vibrant characters introduced in The Cold Light of Mourning.
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