By Elizabeth J. Duncan
While Penny Brannigan inherits an enthralling, out of date cottage within the North Wales city of Llanelen, she quickly realizes she has come into greater than what actual property brokers prefer to describe as a fascinating interval estate: She’s additionally obtained thoughts, secret, and an unsolved, decades-old crime.
As Penny types in the course of the assets of her benefactor, a deceased instructor, she comes upon a packet of letters from a promising younger Liverpool artist, A. Jones, who was once killed in an coincidence in 1970. An artist herself, Penny units out to find who killed this painter, and is helped by way of a small team of townsfolk, together with her enterprise accomplice, Victoria Hopkirk. whereas at a retrospective paintings exhibition in Liverpool, Penny acknowledges what she believes to be a watercolor painted by way of Jones. however it is attributed to a different artist, major her to suspect that artwork robbery used to be on the center of the case, and that Jones’s demise used to be no twist of fate.
In her eagerly awaited sequel Duncan splendidly revisits the bustling Welsh city and colourful characters brought in The chilly gentle of Mourning. With its lyrical prose and tantalizing puzzle, this new secret is a deal with on many degrees.
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A Brush with Death: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan