The Marmalade Murders: A Penny Brannigan Mystery by Elizabeth J. Duncan
About the Book
9th in Series
Minotaur Books (April 24, 2018)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Digital ASIN: B0763SLW6M
The latest book in an award-winning mystery series, celebrated for its small-town charm and picturesque Welsh setting and starring amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan.The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show as town and country folk gather for the outdoor judging of farm animals and indoor judging of cakes, pies, pastries, chutneys, jams and jellies, along with vegetables, fruit and flowers. But this year, there’s a new show category: murder.Local artist, Spa owner, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan agrees to help with the intake of the domestic arts entries and to judge the children’s pet competition on show day. When the president of the Welsh Women's Guild isn’t on hand to see her granddaughter and pet pug win a prize, the family becomes concerned. When a carrot cake entered in the competition goes missing, something is clearly amiss.A black Labrador Retriever belonging to the agricultural show’s president discovers the body of the missing woman under the baked goods table. A newcomer to town, a transgender woman, is suspected, but amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan believes her to be innocent. She sets out to find the real killer, but when a second body is discovered days later, the case is thrown into confusion, and Penny knows it’s up to her to figure out what happened—and why.
If you love a gentle British cozy mystery set in the stunning Welsh country with puzzles and murders and suspects aplenty then this is just the kind of riddle you'll love! Llanelen is the sort of town where, if you've lived there for almost thirty years (as Penny has) you're still considered a newcomer.....though the villagers are mainly a friendly lot.
In The Marmalade Murders we follow Penny Brannigan as she is asked to help out at the annual agricultural show by judging the childrens' pets but she certainly wasn't expecting to find a dead body underneath one of the judging tables!
The victim was not well liked in the town, even her own family didn't get on with her. So, there are no shortage of suspects but the motives are not so clear.
There's a lot to enjoy in this mystery set among the rolling hills of a sleepy Welsh village, with colourful characters, days out that end in murder, marmalades and yummy cakes, the Welsh Womens Guild, family disagreements and unfriendly rivalries (particularly in the marmalade competition!).
The storytelling is just at the right pace with just the right amount of surprises and intrigue to keep turning the pages.
About the Author
Elizabeth J Duncan is the author of two mystery series – Shakespeare in the Catskills and the Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales. She is a two-time winner of the Bloody Words Award for Canada’s best light mystery and lives in Toronto.
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