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.
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
I am a fan of this series! Enjoyable characters and stories.
"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."
Globe & Mail July 20 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.
couldn't stay interested enough to read beyond the first few chapters
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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