Murder on the hour A Penny Brannigan mystery

Elizabeth J Duncan

Book - 2016

"The residents of Llanelen are brimming with excitement. Antiques Cymru, a regional take on the popular national TV show, is coming to the Welsh town and people are flocking from miles around, hoping their attic treasures turn out to be worth a fortune. On the day of filming, quiet local sheep farmer Haydn Williams brings a generations-old long-case clock for evaluation, while the woman he's always admired from afar, Catrin Bellis, turns up with a cherished handmade quilt. Will either hear surprising good news about the value of their family heirlooms? By the end of the day, Catrin turns up dead, her quilt missing. Who could have wanted this shy, quiet woman - who had been overshadowed by her parents for her whole life - dead? Del...ving into Catrin's past, spa owner and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan is surprised to discover that Catrin had at least one enemy. And as Penny's romantic life heats up with a new love interest, she realizes that a mysterious document hidden in Haydn's clock could hold the key to a long-forgotten secret and a present-day murder. Murder on the Hour is a light-hearted traditional mystery featuring a charming heroine set in an enchanting Welsh town"--

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Mystery fiction
New York : Minotaur Books 2016.
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Elizabeth J Duncan (author)
First edition
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"A Thomas Dunne book."
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293 pages ; 24 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Residents of Llanelen, Wales, are excited because Antiques Cymru (think Antiques Roadshow) is coming to town. Catrin Bellis, who is beginning a new life after spending years tending her elderly parents, brings an antique quilt to be valued, but soon Catrin is murdered, and the quilt disappears. With Detective Gareth Davies soon to retire, recently promoted Detective Inspector Bethan Morgan gets the case and is soon in over her head. Meanwhile, spa owner Penny Brannigan looks to solve the mystery of a partial map found in an old clock and begins seeing a new man, after previously breaking up with Davies. When Bethan is needed at home, Gareth and Penny reunite to unravel the mystery of the map and solve Catrin's murder, setting a trap for the killer. The lush landscape of Wales is lovingly described along with details of art, artists, and antiques in this mystery populated with quirky characters set in a charming village. Share with readers who enjoy Jane K. Cleland's Josie Prescott cozies with their similar antiques frame.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2016 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The TV show Antiques Cymru comes to the Welsh town of Llanelen in Duncan's well-paced seventh Penny Brannigan mystery (after 2015's Slated for Death). On filming and appraisal day, Catrin Bellis, a shy, quiet young woman whose parents are recently deceased, brings a family quilt to be appraised. A couple of hours later, a woman who wants to rent a room from Catrin finds her lying on her sitting room floor with her head bashed in. The quilt is missing. Penny Brannigan, the owner of the popular Llanelen Spa, inadvertently ends up working the case alongside Det. Chief Insp. Gareth Davies, who happens to be her former beau. As hidden treasures and family heirlooms are undusted and brought back into the light after years away in the shadows, the secrets of Llanelen's residents gradually emerge. Penny knows she has to act fast before the culprit gets away or someone else is hurt. Fans of small-town cozies will find a lot to like. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

When the Welsh version of Antiques Roadshow comes to Llanelen, residents hope the show will bring some needed cash and panache to their tiny village. But after Phen -Catrin Bellis is murdered and her antique quilt disappears, Penny Brannigan and company must figure out who stood to gain the most. In the seventh series outing (after Slated for Death), the vibrant characters of Llanelen are in fine fettle. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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