Spa owner and habitual amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan finds
herself at a clerical conference at Gladstone’s Library in North Wales. Also
attending as a guest speaker is her boyfriend, DCI Gareth Davies, there to give
a talk on theft prevention. But behind the ornate red sandstone façade of this
most respectable of Victorian buildings, Penny encounters deception, blackmail,
When the bishop’s secretary dies of a suspicious case of
food poisoning, Davies leads the investigation. At Penny’s suggestion, Florence
Semble, a friend from Penny’s adopted hometown, is invited to the lbrary to
decode the secretary’s shorthand notebook in the search for clues. As the
conference continues, another body is found in the beautiful library itself,
and Penny must once again search for a killer.
Never Laugh as a
Hearse Goes By is a fine entry in a series celebrated for its small-town
charm, Welsh flavor, and lovable characters.
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