With a picturesque black and white lighthouse, pebble beaches and stunning views of sea and mountains, the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales is the perfect place for an idyllic mid-summer painting holiday.
And watercolour artist, businesswoman, and amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan is enjoying the retreat enormously – until she discovers the body of a New Zealand journalist on a secluded beach just as the tide is going out, threatening to take the body with it.
The post mortem reveals the victim died from injuries “consistent with a fall from a great height,” and the death is ruled accidental. But Penny thinks there’s more to the story. Curious how the victim came to such an untimely end at this most inhospitable spot, she uncovers a link to a mysterious disappearance several years earlier.
And as her holiday romance with a wildlife photographer turns to love, she learns some truths about herself, too, that surprise her.
As the winds of change blow through Penny’s own life, she sets sail on a friendly tide for a future she never dreamed possible, in a beautiful place she never imagined.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Bayside Book Reviews wasn’t launched until after the release of On Deadly Tides, but I enjoyed the book so much I wanted to post my NetGalley review here. This was my first Penny Brannigan cozy mystery and my introduction to Elizabeth J. Duncan’s work, and I’m so glad I found them both!
Although On Deadly Tides is part of a long standing series, it works well as a stand alone. I was easily swept into the world of amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan and her lovely town in Wales. Duncan’s well developed characters and rich depictions of life on the Welsh coast made for an interesting, refreshing read. The book is beautifully written and the characters are realistic and well defined. You won’t find the cartoon caricatures here that you might find in other cozies, and that’s what kept me reading. The protagonist, Penny, is clever but non-intrusive while she sets about solving a crime, and I liked that too. I plan to search for the backlist.
Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC to read and review.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3403576337
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084V85BT8/