Remembering the Dead

Remembering the Dead

by Elizabeth J. Duncan

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Overview

In award-winning author Elizabeth J. Duncan's tenth Penny Brannigan mystery set in North Wales, Canadian amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan attends a dinner party at a posh country house--where a historic chair disappears and a waiter is murdered.

Artist and spa owner Penny Brannigan has been asked to organize a formal dinner to mark the centenary of the armistice that ended World War One. After dinner, the guests adjourn to the library for a private exhibition of the Black Chair, a precious piece of Welsh literary history awarded in 1917 to poet Hedd Wyn. But to the guests' shock, the newly restored bardic chair is missing. And then Penny discovers the rain-soaked body of a waiter.

When Penny learns that the victim was the nephew of one of her employees, she is determined to find the killer. Meanwhile, the local police search for the Black Chair. The Prince of Wales is due to open an exhibit featuring the chair in three weeks, so time is not on their side. A visit to a nursing home to consult an ex-thief convinces Penny that the theft of the Black Chair and the waiter's murder are connected. She rushes to Dublin to consult a disagreeable antiquarian, who might know more than he lets on, and during the course of her investigation confronts a gaggle of suspicious travelers and an eccentric herbalist who seems to have something to hide. Can Penny find the chair and the culprit before she is laid to rest in the green grass of Wales?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643851136
Publisher: CROOKED LANE BOOKS
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Series: A Penny Brannigan Mystery Series , #10
Sales rank: 55,500
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth J. Duncan is a winner of the Bloody Words Best Light Mystery Award and has been a finalist for the Agatha and Arthur Ellis Awards. She has worked as a writer and editor for some of Canada's largest newspapers, including the Ottawa Citizen and Hamilton Spectator. Duncan is a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers. She lives in Toronto, Canada and enjoys spending time each year in North Wales.

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Remembering the Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 2 days ago
Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan is the tenth A Penny Brannigan Mystery. Emyr Gruffydd is going to host a dinner in honor of the hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day and he has asked Penny Brannigan to help organize the event. There will be a display of World War I artifacts plus the newly restored Black Chair that was awarded posthumously to Welsh poet Hedd Wyn in 1917. When they remove the black drape from the bardic chair, they find it is gone. Penny is looking for Lane Hardwick who disappeared during the dinner service and discovers one of the waiter’s dead outside. The waiter is Rhodri Phillips, the nephew of her spa receptionist, Rhian who asks Penny to investigate. Remembering the Dead can be read as a standalone for those who are new to the series, but I would recommend reading The Cold Light of Mourning first which will introduce you to the series. I thought the book was well-written with developed characters. Mrs. Lloyd, Jimmy and Dilys are back. Mrs. Lloyd is the town busy body. She likes to attend the big events and know the latest gossip. Jimmy provides insight on the theft of the chair (being a former thief himself). Dilys is an unconventional woman who roams the area and drinks an herbal tea that is unappealing. We meet Riley who is staying in the traveller’s encampment near Penny’s house and a talented artist. It was interesting to learn about the Black Chair and the poet, Hedd Wyn. It would have been helpful if there had been a pronunciation guide for the Welsh names. Elizabeth J. Duncan is a descriptive writer which allows the reader to imagine the characters and the scenes, but it does slow down the pacing. The mystery is multifaceted with a twist or two. I like how it all tied together in the end, but I did feel it could have used a little tweaking. There were some tense moments that will have you quickly flipping the pages. Solving the mystery, though, is not a challenge. There are lovely cozy moments and the tea was hot and abundant. Reading Remembering the Dead is a pleasing way to spend a quiet afternoon. Remembering the Dead is a diverting cozy mystery with a delicious dinner, a misplaced bardic chair, encamped traveller’s, a wandering waiter, a lost coffee aficionado, and one kindhearted sleuth.
Karen-Hollins 3 days ago
Remembering the Dead is the 10th instalment in the "Penny Brannigan" Mystery series. At first I thought is this a reprint but realized I must of read a previous instalment. This reads more as a traditional mystery than cozy in my opinion and took me longer to read. It was like stepping back to when all I read was British mysteries. This can be read as a stand alone but recommend reading in order. Canadian amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan attends a dinner party at a posh country house--where a historic chair disappears and a waiter is murdered. Artist and spa owner Penny Brannigan has been asked to organize a formal dinner to mark the centenary of the armistice that ended World War One. After dinner, the guests adjourn to the library for a private exhibition of the Black Chair, a precious piece of Welsh literary history awarded in 1917 to poet Hedd Wyn. But to the guests' shock, the newly restored bardic chair is missing. And then Penny discovers the rain-soaked body of a waiter. When Penny learns that the victim was the nephew of one of her employees, she is determined to find the killer. Meanwhile, the local police search for the Black Chair. The Prince of Wales is due to open an exhibit featuring the chair in three weeks, so time is not on their side. A visit to a nursing home to consult an ex-thief convinces Penny that the theft of the Black Chair and the waiter's murder are connected. She rushes to Dublin to consult a disagreeable antiquarian, who might know more than he lets on, and during the course of her investigation confronts a gaggle of suspicious travelers and an eccentric herbalist who seems to have something to hide. Can Penny find the chair and the culprit before she is laid to rest in the green grass of Wales? Story is well written and the Welsh setting is lovely. I liked Penny but other character felt more alive to me. Love Mrs Lloyd, Jimmy and little Riley as well a few other characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries. I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from the publisher and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Bedford_Bookshelf_1 3 days ago
In 1917 a bardic chair was posthumous awarded to the winning poet of the National Eisteddfod of Wales. The winner's chair was draped in a black, became known at the Black Chair. Remembering the Dead opens with Penny Brannigan hearing the story of the chair, which is now a national treasure. When the chair goes missing, and a body is found, Penny steps in to solve the mystery. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story regarding the Black Chair and WWI. The descriptive quality of the writing is excellent, especially concerning places and secondary characters. Unfortunately, were a few too many obvious twists to the mystery. I found the plot a little muddled and thought the identity of the thieves to be quite obvious (sorry, no spoilers). Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the advance reader copy made available for my review.
chefdt 5 days ago
Remembering The Dead is the tenth book in the Penny Brannigan series. Penny is asked by the owner of a manor house nearby to plan a party for him. The party is to celebrate “The Black Chair” which was given to Hedd Wyn posthumously, having been killed in WWI, the chair has been refurbished and will be heading to Wyn’s home which has been restored and will serve as a memorial. Dinner is finished and everyone is heading for the grand unveiling, but as they enter the room it is found that chair is no longer there. This is particularly saddening as the chair not only being valuable, but the Prince of Wales will be coming to Wyn house opening. Penny immediately goes outdoors to see if there are any clues as to might have made off with the chair, but what she finds instead is a dead body. The body is later identified as the nephew of one of her employees, Rhians. Penny decides to look into who might have been responsible for both the theft of the chair and the killing of one of the servants. In doing so needs to find out what her teenager friend, Jimmy, is unwilling to share with her and she runs across a former beau during her investigation. Once again Elizabeth J. Duncan provides us with an interesting at Wales in a well-written and plotted story with well developed and interesting characters. The book kept me guessing until the end. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Penny Brannigan series.
Tangen 6 days ago
amateur-sleuth, Wales, theft, murder, cosy-mystery, law-enforcement, contemporary ***** If you like a cosy mystery complete with an amateur sleuth, cooperative law enforcement, some history to learn about, theft, and murder, you just can't miss with this one! I really don't know where to start without doing the spoiler thing, but I can say that it doesn't really matter if this is part of a series because I haven't read any of the others and that was no problem. I hope lots of readers enjoy it as much as I did! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
Anonymous 8 days ago
While this is the tenth in the Penny Brannigan mystery series, it is the first book that I have rad by Elizabeth J. Duncan. I so enjoyed it, I immediately purchased the first in the series and will read my way through them in order. This book can easily be read stand-alone and doesn’t seem to contain too much by way of spoilers for previous books. In this story, Penny is confronted with a theft, a missing person and a murder. It seems as though all must be related and Penny goes to work solving all three. Penny is a co-owner of a spa and, luckily for her, she can take off and go sleuthing. In this case, it kind squeezes the employees of the spa into doing more work than usual; however, they are all dedicated to having the crime solved. The action takes place both in Wales and in Ireland and Penny heads across on the ferry to track down clues. I didn’t see the entire end of the whodunnit but had a pretty good idea of part of the solution. I really enjoyed being surprised by the end and look forward to the next installment in the series. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
CozyOnUp 8 days ago
What’s better than a good cozy? A good cozy that weaves some actual historical content into the storyline! This tenth entry in the Penny Brannigan series does just that and hit the mark on all fronts. When the Black Chair, a piece of Welsh history, is restored and heading back for a grand celebration, one of the locals manages to arrange for it to be shown at his country manor house on the journey back home. With a private dinner party arranged, Penny agrees to coordinate the dinner. But when the chair is stolen and one of the servers is murdered, Penny finds the death hits closer to home as it turns out to be the nephew of her receptionist at the spa. Penny has a feeling that an old flame may have a hand in the theft, though she struggles to believe he would have murdered anyone. As Penny pokes around she finds more dots and begins connecting them. While her hunch is strong, the police can’t make an arrest without evidence and Penny seems unable to connect those last few dots. UK cozies always seem to be cozier and this series is no exception. I enjoy the Penny Brannigan series and have yet to be disappointed. A great series to add to your cozy must read authors.
MKF 8 days ago
The Black Chair is missing! And a waiter is dead at the event Penny organized in honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Set in Wales and moving to Ireland briefly, it's a mystery with your classic intrepid heroine. Penny is a spa owner and she also is an ace (apparently) at solving crime especially murder. There's more to all of this than meets the eye. It's intimidating to start a series at the 10th (!) installment but Duncan does a good job of providing back story for the characters. I'm a suck for all things set in Wales (even if pronouncing is a challenge). Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a treat and now I'm going to look for more from Brannigan.