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When Penny Brannigan inherits a charming, old-fashioned cottage in the North Wales town of Llanelen, she soon realizes she has come into more than what real estate agents like to describe as a desirable period property: She's also acquired memories, mystery, and an unsolved, decades-old crime.

As Penny sorts through the belongings of her benefactor, a deceased teacher, she comes upon a packet of letters from a promising young Liverpool artist, A. Jones, who was killed in an accident in 1970. An artist herself, Penny sets out to discover who killed this painter, and is helped by a small group of townsfolk, including her business partner, Victoria Hopkirk. While at a retrospective art exhibition in Liverpool, Penny recognizes what she believes to be a watercolor painted by Jones. But it is attributed to another artist, leading her to suspect that art theft was at the heart of the case, and that Jones's death was no accident.

In her eagerly awaited sequel Duncan wonderfully revisits the bustling Welsh town and vibrant characters introduced in The Cold Light of Mourning. With its lyrical prose and tantalizing puzzle, A Brush with Death is a treat on many levels.

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A Brush with Death
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3.9 / 5
A lovely tale
July 16th, 2014
A story about art and life in a small town in Wales and of course a couple of murders. An amazing group of senior citizens who work together to solve the mystery.
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Clever and witty.
July 7th, 2014
The second Penny Brannigan continues on, introducing us to new characters, and letting us get to know familiar ones better. The juxtaposition of an old Welsh country village with 21st century technology presents the best of both worlds. The mystery, again, is multi-layered and unsolved until the last pages, and even then there is an unsolved mystery to bring to the next installment.
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