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The Marmalade Murders

A Penny Brannigan Mystery
Narrated by: Sarah Kempton
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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The Marmalade Murders is the ninth book in Elizabeth J. Duncan's 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, fruits, 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.

©2018 Elizabeth J. Duncan (P)2018 Journalstone Publishing

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Stylish Whodunnit

I hadn’t read anything by this author and didn’t know what to expect but it looked interesting, so I went ahead. I’m really glad I did, the storytelling was accomplished and the tale unfolded with clever twists along the way.

I am really starting to enjoy listening to audiobooks, this one was narrated with verve and the attractive style drew me in, with the different voices bringing individual characters vividly to life. I could almost smell the canvas of the WI tent at the agricultural show, and it took me back to a time, many years ago, when I lived and worked in Wales among many such individuals, not the murderous type of course!

I look forward to hearing more from this team.