Friday, April 27, 2018

What is Elizabeth J. Duncan reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Elizabeth J. Duncan, author of The Marmalade Murders: A Penny Brannigan Mystery (Volume 9).

Her entry begins:
The Convictions of John Delahunt by Andrew Hughes

Andrew Hughes, a former researcher with RTE, Ireland’s national broadcasting service, uncovered details of a horrific murder while researching his non-fiction book Lives Less Ordinary: Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922.

He spun that research into a stunning tale, written as a prison memoir told by a narrator who describes his descent from poor university student to murderer in Victorian Dublin -- a city awash at the time in poverty, corruption, violence, and political unrest.

The Convictions of John Delahunt is skilfully crafted and beautifully written, with a...[read on]
About The Marmalade Murders, from the publisher:
The latest book in an award-winning mystery series, celebrated for its small-town charm and picturesque Welsh setting and starring amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan.

The competition is friendly and just a little fierce at the annual Llanelen agricultural show as town and country folk gather for the outdoor judging of farm animals and indoor judging of cakes, pies, pastries, chutneys, jams and jellies, along with vegetables, fruit and flowers. But this year, there’s a new show category: murder.

Local artist, Spa owner, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan agrees to help with the intake of the domestic arts entries and to judge the children’s pet competition on show day. When the president of the Welsh Women's Guild isn’t on hand to see her granddaughter and pet pug win a prize, the family becomes concerned. When a carrot cake entered in the competition goes missing, something is clearly amiss.

A black Labrador Retriever belonging to the agricultural show’s president discovers the body of the missing woman under the baked goods table. A newcomer to town, a transgender woman, is suspected, but amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan believes her to be innocent. She sets out to find the real killer, but when a second body is discovered days later, the case is thrown into confusion, and Penny knows it’s up to her to figure out what happened—and why.
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--Marshal Zeringue