Elizabeth J. Duncan
- Title: Slated for Death
- Author: Elizabeth J. Duncan
- ISBN: 9781250055217
- Page: 292
- Format: Hardcover
When the body of well liked and respectable Glenda Roberts is discovered at the bottom of a former slate mine, now a busy tourist attraction, pandemonium erupts in the North Wales town of Llanelen Penny Brannigan finds herself drawn into the investigation when jars of her house brand hand cream are found among counterfeit inventory Glenda and her sister were selling.PolicWhen the body of well liked and respectable Glenda Roberts is discovered at the bottom of a former slate mine, now a busy tourist attraction, pandemonium erupts in the North Wales town of Llanelen Penny Brannigan finds herself drawn into the investigation when jars of her house brand hand cream are found among counterfeit inventory Glenda and her sister were selling.Police are convinced that the mine operator whose asthmatic son suffered an almost fatal attack due to the merchandise is responsible for Glenda s death But Penny s not so sure A visit to Glenda s mother only deepens her conviction that a hidden family secret is the real reason for the murder.Slated for Death is a wonderful traditional mystery with snappy dialogue, lively characters and an enchanting setting.
Recent Comments "Slated for Death"
I did really like this, but the sad remnants of Penny's romantic life left me feeling rather flat at the ending. Penny's friend and business partner Victoria is involved in the St. David's Day concert, which is going to be held in a slate mine repurposed for the tourist trade. Unfortunately, the organizer is murdered, and Penny finds herself taking over. Then the organizer's mother dies in a nursing home that Penny is familiar with, as some of her friends exist there. There are a lot of threads, [...]
Slated for Death is the 6th book in the Penny Brannigan Mystery series. Penny is from Canada but has lived for many years in Llanelen Wales. She and her business partner Victoria own and operate a successful spa. A concert is going to be held down in the closed slate mine for St.Davids Day. The slate mines have been a main industry in Wales over past centuries but are now a tourist attraction.The slate mine location is certainly unusual for a concert. The event planner is found dead down in the [...]
Slated For Death A likeable series, and this installment had a great plot, lots of twists and turns and moved along very well. I had the who in whodunit figured out fairly early on, but that didn't dampen my enjoyment. A few more details were filled in about Penny's past, and I have to say the romance (or lack thereof) with Gareth distresses me a bit. I feel bad for Gareth, why do nice guys always get hung up on the wrong women? *sigh*
This is a nice little cozy series - enjoyable characters, the plot moves well, and they're always a nice quick read.
Very pedestrian mystery. Best part: set in Northern Wales, but still not as much atmosphere as I would have liked. Worst part: relationships between series characters seemed stilted and awkward, not well-realized. Plot: mediocre. Murderer: figured it out about 3/4's of the way through, but also went for the red herring at first. Climax: too tame, no suspense or concern for heroine's life! The only real worry in the whole book was what would happen to one of the suspect's dogs!The whole "concert- [...]
With this book, we are back visiting quirky, likeable, and relatable characters in Wales while enjoying the change of the seasons, beautiful countryside, and warm relationships as if being there since the author does a wonderful job of describing every detail. The relationships keep developing and becoming more caring and comfortable, while the murder mysteries become more complex and intriguing with each book. Four and a half stars.
I am liking this series better. The setting of a Welsh slate mine is intriguing and I enjoyed the history and landscape. The non-romance between main sleuth Penny and head policeman is lackluster, but both characters are likable if not a bit bland. Still a Good Read!
And now I know the inspiration for the hiding place for a Horcrux - the Welsh mines.
I enjoyed this book - kept me entertained and wasn't too heavy with lots of names to remember, etc.Most enjoyable - looking forward to reading more of Elizabeth J. Duncan's books.
I read the first book in the series and this one was just as good.
Enjoyable audiobook - will enjoy listening to more of her mysteries.
Slated for Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan Note: While this is Book 6 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone story.Penny Brannigan is a transplanted Canadian that has adopted the North Wales town a Llanelen as her home. She and a good friend, Victoria, have started a beauty spa and their own line of beauty treatments. All is tranquil in this little town until a well-known figure, Glenda Roberts, is found dead in the local tourist slate mine.While I would put this book in the cozy myster [...]
Note: While this is Book 6 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone story.Penny Brannigan is a transplanted Canadian that has adopted the North Wales town a Llanelen as her home. She and a good friend, Victoria, have started a beauty spa and their own line of beauty treatments. All is tranquil in this little town until a well-known figure, Glenda Roberts, is found dead in the local tourist slate mine.While I would put this book in the cozy mystery section, I would also say it takes its [...]
This story is about a small village, Llanelen, in North Wales and has been compared to authors like M.C. Beaton and Agatha Christy. The plot involves the body of a woman being discovered at the bottom of a former slate mine, now a busy tourist attraction. Glenda Roberts is in charge of a festival of music being held in the mine and when her body is discovered the townspeople erupt in pandemonium. Penny Brannigan finds herself drawn into the investigation when jars of her house brand hand cream a [...]
#6 in the Penny Brannigan series. Canadian ex-pat Brannigan steps in to organize a concert after the death of the original organizer. The site of the concert is to be in the depths of a former slate mine, the same site as the murder of her predecessor. This provided the opportunity for author Duncan to provide lots of interesting background history on the importance of the slate mining industry in North Wales.Penny Brannigan series - The annual St. David's Day concert is fast approaching in the [...]
A painfully tedious read. Why does Elizabeth Duncan think her readers are idiots?The author heavily relies on telling instead of showing. She doesn't seem to believe the reader should come to their own opinion regarding characters. Instead, she must tell you everything about the characters personality and go in depth as to what the reader should believe from every action a character makes. The heavy handed style was off-putting right from the beginning. None the less, I continued on.Unfortunatel [...]
I did enjoy this release. It's nicely written, the personalities are well rounded and the plot has plenty of twists with a smooth flow throughout. I enjoyed how Penny and the other characters worked out what was happening and put the clues together to determine what was going on, and who the likely villain was. The vivid descriptions of the town, weather and festival etc are great and set up the story to pull the reader in.Many of the returning characters add great interest and flavor to the sto [...]
Duncan's plot, characters, setting and style make this Penny Brannigan series very readable. This is the third book I have read and enjoyed. Not as much action driving the plot, more character driven; Penny takes charge of a musical performance being held down in a closed slate mine. An odd place for a concert but as the organizer, Glenda, has been killed, Penny and Victoria decide to carry on with the show. Glenda's aged mom in the local nursing home is found dead days later. Just what the heck [...]
An abandoned slate mine makes an eerily evocative setting for this traditional murder mystery. The 6th book in the Penny Brannigan series finds Penny pulled in to not only solving a murder but filling in for the recently deceased organizer of a charity concert at the abandoned mine. When the products at Penny's spa become one of the clues in the murder investigation, Penny worries that her business will suffer. I loved Elizabeth Duncan's use of the past in this novel & the only thing that pr [...]
Pandemonium erupts in the town of Llandelen when the dead body of Glenda Roberts gets found at the bottom of a slate mine, today only used as a site for spectators. Penny Brannigan finds herself drawn into the investigation when jars of her house-brand hand cream are found among counterfeit inventory Glenda and her sister were selling. When slate gets found in both the hands of Glenda and her mother Doreen, others wonder if the two deaths are related. Glenda had been in charge of arranging a con [...]
When preparing for a local concert to be held in a closed slate mine, organizer Glenda Roberts is murdered. Spa owner Penny Brannigan agrees to take over the event and finds herself involved in the case when Glenda's mother, Doreen (also Penny's friend), is found dead. Could the crimes be related to Glenda's sister, Rebeccah, selling knock-off products in her market stall, or might they have something to do with the workers in the mines years ago? In this sixth book in the Penny Brannigan series [...]
I love the Penny Brannigan books. I am still disappointed that Penny broke off her relationship with Gareth Davies to be only friends, but I still have hope for the couple. I enjoyed this book more than I did the last one. Elizabeth Duncan educates me through her books. This time I learned about mines, slate, and CO2 machines that find people through detection of their breathing. I also enjoyed trying to decide who the murderer was as it wasn't obvious until close to the end. There were little t [...]
The latest in the Penny Brannigan series in a small town in North Wales might leave the reader wondering just how much criminal activity can this small town sustain. A concert scheduled deep in a slate mine that is now a tourist attraction leads to a murder of the woman in charge, and that begins an investigation and series of events that is sophisticated and clever, and reaches far back in Llanelen’s mining history. I have enjoyed the characters in this series, all independent women determine [...]
Penny Brannigan is in the middle of a mystery when a local woman is found in one of the slate mines. The victim, Glenda Roberts, was coordinating a concert for St. David's Day to be held in a cavern deep in the mine. Things look suspicious when Glenda's mother is found dead in her room at the local nursing home the next day. Are the deaths connected? Penny and her friends step in to assist the police in finding out who committed the crime. This was a good book and I like this series. The culprit [...]
The mystery itself was pretty good, but the characters lacked individualization and appeal until well into the book. This included Penny herself. A review on the back claimed that even first time readers would "feel as though [they] have known Penny for years", but by the end of the book I hardly felt acquainted with Penny much less as though I had known her for years.This was my first Elizabeth Duncan novel, and I wasn't left with much desire to read more.
Slated for Death has wonderful twists and turns. The slate mines gave this story a unique setting. The history of the mines is worked into the story as though you are really in the mines. You become immersed in the daily lives of the people who live in this small village in Wales. An engaging who-done-it, the clues Duncan gives along the way will keep you turning pages.Snippet from my feature article in British Weekly
I enjoy these Penny Brannigan mysteries, taking place in Wales, with just an occasional hint of Canada. I consider them a superior type of cozy, likely cozy because they take place in such a small town. This one is quite enlightening about the history of slate-mining in Wales, as well as counterfeiting of goods, market stalls, and fading once-famous pop groups.
This is the sixth book in the Penny Brannigan Mystery series. This time Penny is given the job of running a concert being held in a slate mine because the original person has been murdered. The story is also about the people living in a nursing home whose lives also involved the mine. The book was a fast easy read.
A quick, shallow read -- I'm drawn to the Welsh setting but find the books in this series to be rather simple. This one is focussed on a musical event to be held down in a slate mine, in a part of Wales that is familiar to me. The "mystery" is not gripping, but I enjoyed the visit to a lovely part of the world.
This is a very readable series. The main character is likeable enough, but she sometimes gets drawn into the oddest cases. In this one two deaths from the same family seemed to be linked to the slate quarry/mine. Personally, I didn't buy the motive for the murders.Overall though, a solid mystery with developed characters.
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