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The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan
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bookshelves: amateur-detective, cozy-mystery, great-britain

#9 in the Penny Brannigan series. This 2018 series entry by author Duncan in another pleasant visit to rural north Wales with the Canadian expat, now half owner of a spa and a talented watercolor artist. The regional color is entertaining, the plot is convoluted and confusing, and there is not sufficient character development to keep the numerous cast members distinct. Two of them even confuse Peggy. Red herrings abound and normally level headed Peggy gets enmeshed in suppositions about embezzlement being the source of funds for constructing a kennel. I enjoy reading about Wales as long as I don't have to try to pronounce the place names.

Set in Llanelen, Wales, Penny and Victoria Hopkirk, co-owners of Llanelen Spa, are volunteering to help at the home crafts section of the town's agricultural show. The pair are greeted by Joyce Devlin, president of the show committee, and everything goes smoothly until they realize they're missing entries from Gaynor Lewis, president of the Welsh Women's Guild, and their friend Florence Semple. A call to Florence gets her entries to the show just under the wire. Gaymor's entries don't arrive before the deadline, but the next day has Gaynor's cake taking first place. Florence's jam wins a first, but her marmalade and carrot cake have disappeared. During cleanup, Joyce's lab discovers Gaynor's body under a table. Insp. Bethan Morgan may be in charge of the subsequent murder investigation, but Penny's knowledge and insight, plus her insatiable curiosity, prove to be invaluable to the case.
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May, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 27, 2018 – Shelved as: amateur-detective
May 27, 2018 – Shelved
May 27, 2018 – Shelved as: cozy-mystery
May 27, 2018 – Shelved as: great-britain

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