A Brush With Death

A Brush With Death

Book - 2010
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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 deceased teacher, she comes upon a packet of letters from a promising young Liverpool artist, A. Jones, who was killed in an accident in 1970. An artist herself, Penny sets out to discover who killed this painter, and is helped by a small group of townsfolk, including her business partner, Victoria Hopkirk. While at a retrospective art exhibition in Liverpool, Penny recognizes what she believes to be a watercolor painted by Jones. Butit is attributed to another artist, leading her to suspect that art theft was at the heart of the case, and that Jones's death was no accident.

In her eagerly awaited sequelDuncan wonderfully revisits the bustling Welsh town and vibrant characters introduced in The Cold Light of Mourning . With its lyrical prose and tantalizing puzzle, this new mystery is a treat on many levels.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780312622824
Characteristics: viii, 258 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jun 17, 2019

Overly descriptive in parts that dont
pertain to the murder mysteryl ar all.
Kept thinking it'll get better, but No. Dont waste your time.

Jan 09, 2016

Didn't like much about this story. Motivation to solve a mystery (any old mystery) while neglecting friend/business partner and love interest very weak (obsessive curiosity mixed with a desire to avoid her real life perhaps?). The whole story just didn't feel real. Won't be reading any more from this author.

Dec 05, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed the book. Could not put it down for too long. I want to read the other novels by the author

Jul 29, 2012

I am a fan of this series! Enjoyable characters and stories.

debwalker Jul 25, 2011

"Fans of the traditional British mystery, rejoice! Penny Brannigan and the oddball residents of Llanelen, Wales, return after their triumphant debut in The Cold Light of Mourning. And this delightful romp shows that Torontonian Elizabeth Duncan is set for a fine series.

The novel rests on the story of A. Jones, an artist who died in 1970. Since Penny is a bit of an artist herself, she takes the murder of Ms. Jones personally. Aided by a cast of village characters, she sets out to uncover the truth. This one is funny, readable in a day, and the mystery is nicely done. May the folks of Llanelen return soon."
Margaret Cannon
Globe & Mail July 20 2011

hermlou Jul 18, 2011

In the North Wales town of Llanelen Penny inherited a cottage from her painter friend Emma. Penny moved in and found journals and a painting by Emma's friend Alys Jones, who had been killed in a hit-and-run several years earlier. Subplots include Penny's love of D.I. Gareth Davies, Penny and Victoria's growing manicure business, their purchase of a derelict building with a skeleton inside, and research into the art scene of years before. Duncan ties all the plots together in a satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed the small town atmosphere and characters.

Nov 27, 2010

couldn't stay interested enough to read beyond the first few chapters

Oct 23, 2010

In the midst of everlasting description, an illicit love story intrudes. I never got as far as the mystery that is supposed to be the highlight of the book.

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