A Brush with Death (Penny Brannigan #2)
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 decea
The positives are the character descriptions and the setting. Well executed to the point that the reader can “see” the ...more
The subject of this book would certainly have been controversial then, but I'm glad that was not the cause of death. (Had to rewrite this part when I realized it might be a spoiler!)
On to A Killer's Christmas in Wales! And in looking up the title, I see another series by the author!
Set in an idyllic Welsh village, this second installment in the Penny Brannigan mystery series is the perfect cozy for a crisp fall evening. We first met Penny in The Cold Light of Mourning which won the Malice Domestic First Traditional Mystery Competition.
Penny is a pain ...more
Apart from the whole mystery angle, there is depth to the novel too. The author has dealt with certain relevant social issues. Underneath the cloak of respectability, lie so many secrets - the author has captured that so well.The characters are very realistic Moreover the book captures the social changes that the world has undergone in th ...more
This is a “cozy” in the sense that the heroine is sticking her nose into an old murder and neglecting her business, friends and prospective lover in the process. In a way, her concentration and focus is something to be admired. However, she is not a ...more
I like cozy mysteries, but this one had too many gaping plot holes and threads that went no where, like who dumped the dog, vandalized the animals, nearly ran Penney over etc.
The book said that Emma, not Alys was being followed. who followed her, and why is never explained. (unless it was a musprint, and they followed Alys).
additionally, if they were so discreet & rarely met at Emma's home, how did the killers know just when and where to find Alys? especially in the dark, befor ...more
Penny Brannigan has inherited a cottage from her late schoolteacher friend, Emma Teasdale. When Penny and Det. Insp. Gareth Davies discover a st ...more
Penny has moved into the house that her friend left her. In cleaning the years of accumulation that her friend had left and a many year old murder that was never solved. In learning more about the murdered woman and more about her friend, she comes to realize that sometimes you never know as much as you wish you knew about them to start with, Penny wants to solve this not just for her friend, but for the murdered woman's family. This has int ...more
The book dealt with murder/ social mores and human weaknesses. It was realistic. Also, the author is blending the 21st century into the somewhat time-capsuled 20th century of the village. That is very interesting and well done.
I hope this series lasts a lo ...more
I'm off to read next book in series for a Bookclub, maybe I'll 'solve' my concerns in the next book :)
(view spoiler)[Emma's lesbian romance was a little ironic, since I spent the first book thinking that Penny and Victoria were going to sleep with each other. Victoria was mostly for decoration in this one and she didn't add anything to the story. Also, what was the point of the kids in the SUV that nearly ran Penny over? Did they catch them or not? (hide spoiler)]
The author of two traditional mystery series, Penny Brannigan set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills featuring costume designer Charlotte Fairfax,
Elizabeth divides her ti ...more