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A Brush with Death By Elizabeth J. Duncan

A Brush with Death
by Elizabeth J. Duncan

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When cleaning out the Welsh cottage she inherited from her good friend Emma, Penny Brannigan finds letters that allude to an affair Emma had with artist Alys Jones in 1967. When Penny learns that Alys died in an unsolved hit-and-run, she decides to track down the killer.
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A Brush with Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan

When cleaning out the Welsh cottage she inherited from her good friend Emma, Penny Brannigan finds letters that allude to an affair Emma had with artist Alys Jones in 1967. When Penny learns that Alys died in an unsolved hit-and-run, she decides to track down the killer. Complicating matters, Penny and her friend Victoria are in the process of buying property to expand their manicure business, and Penny's relationship with Detective Inspector Gareth Davies seems to be cooling. Duncan spends time developing the personal lives of her appealing main and secondary characters, and it is their relationships that provide much of the novel's appeal, along with the well-realized Welsh setting and the many details about running a small business. Readers who enjoy the English village cozy mysteries of Dorothy Cannell and Nancy Atherton will want to take a look at this series.

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A Brush with Death Reviews


"Acclaim for A Brush with Death"""

"Duncan is a born storyteller whose ability to create appealing characters, evoke a strong sense of place, and fashion a clever plot are accompanied by another gift: a faculty for writing flawlessly smooth prose. "A Brush with Death "is a close encounter with talent."--"Richmond"" Times-Dispatch"

"Duncan's second is every bit as delightful as her debut...a smoothly written classic English mystery right up there with the best."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Duncan spends time developing the personal lives of her appealing main and secondary characters, and it is their relationships that provide much of the novel's appeal, along with the well-realized Welsh setting and the many details about running a small business. Readers who enjoy the English village cozy mysteries of Dorothy Cannell and Nancy Atherton will want to take a look at this series."--"Booklist"

"Absorbing."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Duncan writes so well about the lives of people in a small village in Wales that the reader becomes immersed in their daily trials and tribulations...sure to appeal to fans of M.C. Beaton and Agatha Christie.""--Library Journal"

Praise for "The Cold Light of Mourning"

"""A gentle delight...sure to please fans of the classic English mystery."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"A runaway bride is the linchpin of Canadian writer Duncan's delightful debut...The scenic Welsh backdrop, village personalities and a budding romance for Penny add color and interest."" --Publishers Weekly"

"Admirable and appealing...combines a worthy plot, a congenial heroine and a sure sense of place--Duncan's depiction of village life is spot-on--to produce a story that nears perfection. Readers will want to see more of Penny--and more of Duncan's pleasing prose."--"Richmond-Times Dispatch "

"Duncan lulls readers with her soothing prose and depiction of small-town life in Wales and then startles them with a shocker of a denouement. Readers who enjoy Louise Penny, another Canadian mystery author of note, and Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden mysteries will love this one."--"Library Journal "

"Well-developed characters and a nicely delineated Wales setting are what make this stylish cozy work."--"Booklist "

"[S]torytelling with polished exposition, pacing and edgy dialogue. Characters sparkle, and the dark side that lurks just at the edge of most innocent scenes is drawn with skill and depth. A must-read."--"Hamilton Spectator"


Duncan is a born storyteller whose ability to create appealing characters, evoke a strong sense of place, and fashion a clever plot are accompanied by another gift: a faculty for writing flawlessly smooth prose. "A Brush with Death "is a close encounter with talent. "Richmond Times-Dispatch"

Duncan's second is every bit as delightful as her debut a smoothly written classic English mystery right up there with the best. "Kirkus Reviews"

Duncan spends time developing the personal lives of her appealing main and secondary characters, and it is their relationships that provide much of the novel's appeal, along with the well-realized Welsh setting and the many details about running a small business. Readers who enjoy the English village cozy mysteries of Dorothy Cannell and Nancy Atherton will want to take a look at this series. "Booklist"

Absorbing. "Publishers Weekly"

Duncan writes so well about the lives of people in a small village in Wales that the reader becomes immersed in their daily trials and tribulations sure to appeal to fans of M.C. Beaton and Agatha Christie. "Library Journal"

A gentle delight...sure to please fans of the classic English mystery. "Kirkus Reviews on The Cold Light of Mourning"

A runaway bride is the linchpin of Canadian writer Duncan's delightful debut...The scenic Welsh backdrop, village personalities and a budding romance for Penny add color and interest. "Publishers Weekly on The Cold Light of Mourning"

Admirable and appealing...combines a worthy plot, a congenial heroine and a sure sense of place--Duncan's depiction of village life is spot-on--to produce a story that nears perfection. Readers will want to see more of Penny--and more of Duncan's pleasing prose. "Richmond-Times Dispatch on The Cold Light of Mourning"

Duncan lulls readers with her soothing prose and depiction of small-town life in Wales and then startles them with a shocker of a denouement. Readers who enjoy Louise Penny, another Canadian mystery author of note, and Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden mysteries will love this one. "Library Journal on The Cold Light of Mourning"

Well-developed characters and a nicely delineated Wales setting are what make this stylish cozy work. "Booklist on The Cold Light of Mourning"

[S]torytelling with polished exposition, pacing and edgy dialogue. Characters sparkle, and the dark side that lurks just at the edge of most innocent scenes is drawn with skill and depth. A must-read. "Hamilton Spectator on The Cold Light of Mourning""


Duncan is a born storyteller whose ability to create appealing characters, evoke a strong sense of place, and fashion a clever plot are accompanied by another gift: a faculty for writing flawlessly smooth prose. A Brush with Death is a close encounter with talent. Richmond Times-Dispatch

Duncan's second is every bit as delightful as her debut a smoothly written classic English mystery right up there with the best. Kirkus Reviews

Duncan spends time developing the personal lives of her appealing main and secondary characters, and it is their relationships that provide much of the novel's appeal, along with the well-realized Welsh setting and the many details about running a small business. Readers who enjoy the English village cozy mysteries of Dorothy Cannell and Nancy Atherton will want to take a look at this series. Booklist

Absorbing. Publishers Weekly

Duncan writes so well about the lives of people in a small village in Wales that the reader becomes immersed in their daily trials and tribulations sure to appeal to fans of M.C. Beaton and Agatha Christie. Library Journal

A gentle delight...sure to please fans of the classic English mystery. Kirkus Reviews on The Cold Light of Mourning

A runaway bride is the linchpin of Canadian writer Duncan's delightful debut...The scenic Welsh backdrop, village personalities and a budding romance for Penny add color and interest. Publishers Weekly on The Cold Light of Mourning

Admirable and appealing...combines a worthy plot, a congenial heroine and a sure sense of place--Duncan's depiction of village life is spot-on--to produce a story that nears perfection. Readers will want to see more of Penny--and more of Duncan's pleasing prose. Richmond-Times Dispatch on The Cold Light of Mourning

Duncan lulls readers with her soothing prose and depiction of small-town life in Wales and then startles them with a shocker of a denouement. Readers who enjoy Louise Penny, another Canadian mystery author of note, and Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden mysteries will love this one. Library Journal on The Cold Light of Mourning

Well-developed characters and a nicely delineated Wales setting are what make this stylish cozy work. Booklist on The Cold Light of Mourning

[S]torytelling with polished exposition, pacing and edgy dialogue. Characters sparkle, and the dark side that lurks just at the edge of most innocent scenes is drawn with skill and depth. A must-read. Hamilton Spectator on The Cold Light of Mourning

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"Duncan is a born storyteller whose ability to create appealing characters, evoke a strong sense of place, and fashion a clever plot are accompanied by another gift: a faculty for writing flawlessly smooth prose. A Brush with Death is a close encounter with talent." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Duncan's second is every bit as delightful as her debut...a smoothly written classic English mystery right up there with the best." --Kirkus Reviews

"Duncan spends time developing the personal lives of her appealing main and secondary characters, and it is their relationships that provide much of the novel's appeal, along with the well-realized Welsh setting and the many details about running a small business. Readers who enjoy the English village cozy mysteries of Dorothy Cannell and Nancy Atherton will want to take a look at this series." --Booklist

"Absorbing." --Publishers Weekly

"Duncan writes so well about the lives of people in a small village in Wales that the reader becomes immersed in their daily trials and tribulations...sure to appeal to fans of M.C. Beaton and Agatha Christie." --Library Journal

"A gentle delight...sure to please fans of the classic English mystery." --Kirkus Reviews on The Cold Light of Mourning

"A runaway bride is the linchpin of Canadian writer Duncan's delightful debut...The scenic Welsh backdrop, village personalities and a budding romance for Penny add color and interest." --Publishers Weekly on The Cold Light of Mourning

"Admirable and appealing...combines a worthy plot, a congenial heroine and a sure sense of place--Duncan's depiction of village life is spot-on--to produce a story that nears perfection. Readers will want to see more of Penny--and more of Duncan's pleasing prose." --Richmond-Times Dispatch on The Cold Light of Mourning

"Duncan lulls readers with her soothing prose and depiction of small-town life in Wales and then startles them with a shocker of a denouement. Readers who enjoy Louise Penny, another Canadian mystery author of note, and Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden mysteries will love this one." --Library Journal on The Cold Light of Mourning

"Well-developed characters and a nicely delineated Wales setting are what make this stylish cozy work." --Booklist on The Cold Light of Mourning

"[S]torytelling with polished exposition, pacing and edgy dialogue. Characters sparkle, and the dark side that lurks just at the edge of most innocent scenes is drawn with skill and depth. A must-read." --Hamilton Spectator on The Cold Light of Mourning


-Duncan is a born storyteller whose ability to create appealing characters, evoke a strong sense of place, and fashion a clever plot are accompanied by another gift: a faculty for writing flawlessly smooth prose. A Brush with Death is a close encounter with talent.- --Richmond Times-Dispatch

-Duncan's second is every bit as delightful as her debut...a smoothly written classic English mystery right up there with the best.- --Kirkus Reviews

-Duncan spends time developing the personal lives of her appealing main and secondary characters, and it is their relationships that provide much of the novel's appeal, along with the well-realized Welsh setting and the many details about running a small business. Readers who enjoy the English village cozy mysteries of Dorothy Cannell and Nancy Atherton will want to take a look at this series.- --Booklist

-Absorbing.- --Publishers Weekly

-Duncan writes so well about the lives of people in a small village in Wales that the reader becomes immersed in their daily trials and tribulations...sure to appeal to fans of M.C. Beaton and Agatha Christie.- --Library Journal

-A gentle delight...sure to please fans of the classic English mystery.- --Kirkus Reviews on The Cold Light of Mourning

-A runaway bride is the linchpin of Canadian writer Duncan's delightful debut...The scenic Welsh backdrop, village personalities and a budding romance for Penny add color and interest.- --Publishers Weekly on The Cold Light of Mourning

-Admirable and appealing...combines a worthy plot, a congenial heroine and a sure sense of place--Duncan's depiction of village life is spot-on--to produce a story that nears perfection. Readers will want to see more of Penny--and more of Duncan's pleasing prose.- --Richmond-Times Dispatch on The Cold Light of Mourning

-Duncan lulls readers with her soothing prose and depiction of small-town life in Wales and then startles them with a shocker of a denouement. Readers who enjoy Louise Penny, another Canadian mystery author of note, and Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden mysteries will love this one.- --Library Journal on The Cold Light of Mourning

-Well-developed characters and a nicely delineated Wales setting are what make this stylish cozy work.- --Booklist on The Cold Light of Mourning

-[S]torytelling with polished exposition, pacing and edgy dialogue. Characters sparkle, and the dark side that lurks just at the edge of most innocent scenes is drawn with skill and depth. A must-read.- --Hamilton Spectator on The Cold Light of Mourning

About Elizabeth J. Duncan


Elizabeth J. Duncan has worked as a writer and editor for some of Canada's largest newspapers, including the Ottawa Citizen and Hamilton Spectator. She lives with her dog, Dolly, in Toronto where she teaches in the public relations program at Humber College. She enjoys spending time each year in North Wales and is the first Canadian writer to win the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. The Cold Light of Mourning, her first novel, is also the winner of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant and was shortlisted for an Agatha and an Arthur Ellis Award.

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GOR004792676
A Brush with Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Elizabeth J. Duncan
A Penny Brannigan Mystery
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Minotaur Books,US
2011-04-26
304
0312534272
9780312534271
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