The Marmalade Murders: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
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,...more
This one was a fun, light ...more
Penny Brannigan and businesses partner Victoria are helping out at the agricultural fair.
Penny is dismayed by the competitiveness of the participants.
It seems everyone has a secret and when a particular participant is found dead, Penny just has to find the answers.
This story played out well, the mystery kept me guessing and it wasn't until the very end that I figured it o ...more
This is about a spa owner named Penny, who volunteers at the local agricultural show checking in entries to the pastry and jam contests. What should've been a friendly competition quickly turns deadly. Someone's trying to sabotage Penny's friend Florence, and a dead body is found under the cake table. Penny tries to piece together the mystery of who tried to sabotage her friend ...more
The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan is a well-written, utterly satisfying cozy mystery, book #9 in one of my favorite series. The author has a gift for conveying the beautiful Welsh scenery and making you feel the setting with your senses. The main characters could be someone you’d meet in your neighborhood, and the mystery is well crafted as backstories are slowly revealed. Although part of a series, this story stands alone.
As a lead ...more
I have participated in my local country fair several times and luckily, the competition has never been so fierce that someone was killed.
Penny, Florence, and Mrs. Lloyd were great. Although, they were not the only characters in this book ...more
As cozy mysteries go, I found this to be pretty entertaining. The main character, Penny, is quite the sleuth when trying to discover who murdered a competitor at the local agriculture show. Slowly but surely she connects the dots by asking simple questions of the townspeople involved in the show.
Penny is smart and the characters in this book are very likeable. This was a light, easy read. I've jumped in at book #9 of the series and thought it worked well as a stand alone. It was ...more
Both women are helping with the annual agricultural show. The show is like a county fair with competition in everything from horses to jams. Penny and Victoria together will register the entries in the food and flower tent. And on the day of the show, Penny is judging the small animal/pet competition. Everyone gets an award so that every child can go home happily.
When Penny ...more
I wanted to like this more than I did. I liked the British setting for this and I like small town cozies. That said, in reality, I thought the dialogue in this was quite stilted and I spent a fair bit of the last part of the novel worried about who the culprit was going to turn out to be be, for reasons that I'll explain in spoiler tags below. I didn't think the resolution was quite as good as it could have been - it seemed ...more
Penny and Victoria are partners in the village spa. When they get roped into checking in contestants for the local food competition, they discover some irregularities. Why did someone call Florence telling her to check in too late? How did a person’s marmalade win when she missed the deadline? There is a definite small town vibe as everyone is in everyone else’s business.
While this is th ...more
Florence, the friend, had been told by a mysterious caller to bring her wares to the ground ...more
Penny is a Canadian transplant to the lovely Northern Welsh town of Llanelen but she is still considered an outsider. When she is asked to volunteer she says yes. Her friend, Florence (one of my favorite charact ...more
I enjoy cozy mysteries, so when I saw this book on a Goodreads giveaway, I had to enter. I am excited to have won, as I really enjoyed this book!
A spa owner and amateur detective solves a murder case at a Welsh agricultural show.
Competition is fierce between the women entering cakes and marmalades in a local agricultural show, and some of the entries of Penny Brannigan's friend disappear. When she starts to investigate t ...more
Penny is a spa owner who has solved quite a few mysteries, and has now been asked to help out at her town's agricultural show. But when something fishy happens with the entries, and a dead body is found, Penny finds herself drawn into the mystery.
The setting really is an integral part of the story. It's a place where they hold ...more
While Penny is judging ...more
Not being the "handiest" homemaker, Penny is recruited to be a children's pet judge and for the simple task of receiving food items for judging. These seeming ...more
When one of the competitor’s marmalade and cake goes missing and another is found murdered, Penny is in the thick of it. Are the two events connected or just a co ...more
This is my first encounter with Penny and her friend Victoria despite it being their (Penny's?) ninth adventure, but I never felt lost in the wilds of Wales as friends from previous novels were clearly explained and introduced. In the midst of an agricultural competition (what would be considered a County Fair in my neck of the woods), the cooking competition turns deadly and observant Penny helps unlock the mysteries behind the murder as we learn about T ...more
The one thing that I demand from a cozy mystery is that it be well written. The Marmalade Murders definitely is. It is a delightful story for those who like cozy mysteries.
The setting is always important as well. The Penny Brannigan series is set in Wales. I have never been to Wales but I feel like I ...more
A two-time winner of the Bloody Words Award for Canada's best light mystery, she is the author of two traditional mystery series, Penny Brannigan set in North Wales and Shakespeare in t ...more