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The fifth in this enchanting Welsh series which has been likened to the work of Dorothy Cannell and M. C. BeatonSpa 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 ornThe fifth in this enchanting Welsh series which has been likened to the work of Dorothy Cannell and M. C. BeatonSpa 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, marital and financial infidelity, a sham marriage scam, blackmail for beginners, and someone bent on murder.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 Library 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 loveable characters.    ...

Title : Never Laugh As a Hearse Goes By
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ISBN : 9781250008251
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Never Laugh As a Hearse Goes By Reviews

  • Angela
    2018-11-29 18:10

    I love Elizabeth Duncan's Penny Brannigan Welsh mysteries. While there's nothing that unusual or different about them, they are well written, well-developed characters set in a small Welsh town. Penny co-owns a spa and dates a policeman. The town has the usual cast of busybodies, a nice clergyman and his wife, and their beloved dog Robbie. These books are all very fast reads, and I love relaxing with Duncan's books. I only wish she wrote two a year, at least, instead of just one.

  • Karen
    2018-11-24 17:30

    Book #5 in the series takes place at Gladstone's Library which is a real library in Wales with 26 boutique bedrooms where you can take one of the 150,000 books to your room! No TV's! The Library is called a "residential library" and the only one like it in the UK. Founded by William Gladstone (1809-1898), it is the only "Prime Ministerial library" and after his death became the national memorial to his life and work. The book's setting made for another enjoyable read, in a place I didn't know existed and which would be fun to visit.

  • Valerie Tate
    2018-11-23 20:24

    Never Laugh As a Hearse Goes by by Elizabeth Duncan is a cosy mystery set in Wales. It is a pleasant book with engaging characters and while there isn't a lot of excitement there are a number of suspenseful twists and turns and the setting is interesting.The author is Canadian and lives and works in Toronto which is just south of where I live.

  • Deb
    2018-11-27 18:38

    I'm ticked that Penny has dumped Gareth. Forget the stupid suspense of will she or won't she - she's supposed to be in her 50s for chrissake, she's smart enough to balance independence and companionship. And how about more about her painting which in the first books was a source of income. Why is she just doing the spa thing now - so shallow. And Victoria dropped her harp playing - why? Those were interesting vocations rather than the silly nail stuff. Not all women are like the "real housewives" you know.

  • Carol Lloyd
    2018-11-19 13:20

    In this terrific 5th entry in a winning series Duncan seamlessly weaves together a cast of memorable characters, old favorites from the village of Llanelen, a full range of emotions and motives, and a multi-layered plot, then places them all into the serene, magnificent setting of the real-life Gladstone's Library in north Wales. The result is a lively, compelling mystery with several plot twists and a most satisfying ending that is sure to please her many fans. Do not miss this outstanding story!

  • Lorraine
    2018-11-20 19:32

    This is my first Penny Brannigan Mystery, and I liked it. I was a bit surprised that Penny was in her mid-fifties, but why not?! One does not have to be in her twenties to solve a mystery. Actually, the older a protaganast is enables her to have more experience from which to pull out answers that will assist her in solving the mystery. Penny did a great job as sleuth, working woman, and friend to DCI Davies. Well done, Penny!

  • Mystereity Reviews
    2018-11-22 20:15

    Between 3.5 and 4 stars. I like this series because it's a quick, simple and enjoyable read. This book was no exception, with a more intricate plot than the previous books. Not much more character development, although there's a glimpse into Penny's background that explains a few things. A little too much inner dialogue, too. But the plot made up for it, and it kept me guessing until the end.

  • Nese
    2018-12-18 12:18

    The fifth book in the series uses historical Gladstone library in Wales as the background of this cozy mystery. In addition to the beautifully described landscape and countryside of Wales, the characters’ relationships evolve and the murder mysteries become more complex with each book. I wish one of the murder victims, as imperfect as she is, were not so likeable and relatable. I also would like some of the new characters, like the accountant’s wife and son, become regulars in the series. The only thing I didn’t like about the book is where the author puts mentally ill people and “the deranged people who push a person under a train” in the same category. (Saying mentally ill people are violent is as ridiculous as saying people with heart disease are violent since they are both medical conditions.) Mental illnesses are debilitating and potentially life-threatening medical conditions requiring treatment but because of the stigma attached to this illness, people don’t seek treatment but suffer in silence. (People with violent tendencies which is not same as mental illness, may be also treated with psychotropic drugs.) I hope the author will learn what mental illness really is and write about a mentally ill person in a realistic way in the next books. Four and a half stars.

  • Bridget Martin
    2018-11-24 13:24

    It's a cozy set in small villages in Wales. The protagonist owns a spa that mostly does manicures. The handsome DCI wants to have a deeper relationship but villagers commented twice that, "she's just not that into him." The setting and mystery were interesting. The victims were interesting and I wished they stayed around longer. This is not a series for me because, well, the protagonist? I'm just not that into her.

  • Janice
    2018-11-20 20:17

    Not one of the best in the series, but still a good read.

  • ClaraBaker Baldwin
    2018-12-06 16:28

    Enjoyed the story, but the ending needed a bit more clarification. On to the next one soon.

  • Kari Anderson
    2018-12-14 17:08

    From Goodreads: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, marital and financial infidelity, a sham marriage scam, blackmail for beginners, and someone bent on murder.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 Library 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.My Thoughts:I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery. And love an international story and learning about new areas. This is the 5th book in the Penny Brannigan series. It’s a Welsh series. I listened to this one on audio book and the narrator had an accent. At first, I was so enchanted by the accent, I had a hard time paying attention to what was going on in the book. I’m easily distracted. And as I always struggle with at the beginning of audio books: a quick onslaught of characters. You have several names thrown at you and it’s hard to keep track of them when you are only hearing them and not seeing them.I love the setting of this book as well as the murder mystery. It took me a while to figure out the “whodunit”. I’m always up for a good challenge.I liked the characters in the book, but would have liked to see more of their relationships. I’ve read a few other reviews on this book and it appears that in the previous four books, a lot of those relationships are established… which is sometimes a downfall to picking up a book that is well into a series. Does anyone else wish that on the book’s cover somewhere it would clearly state this was a certain number in the series? Not just this book, any book in a series. I always find great audio books at the library, then realize I’ve missed several already.I give Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By 4 out of 5 bookmarks.

  • Ed
    2018-12-04 18:24

    #5 in the Penny Brannigan series. Spa co-owner Penny is also an amateur detective in this North Wales cozy. In addition to investigating a couple of murders, Penny also must work through relationship issues with her police officer boyfriend and business issues with her spa partner. Very enjoyable.Penny Brannigan series - 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, marital and financial infidelity, a sham marriage scam, blackmail for beginners, and someone bent on murder. 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 Library 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.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-06 15:33

    Artist and spa owner Penny Branigan, a Canadian settled in Wales, is expecting no more than an interesting weekend when she is invited to give a presentation at a conference of clergymen at Gladstone's Library, a Victorian pile that's half theological library, half residence hall. Going along with her is her "friend" CDI Gareth Davies, who would like to be more than just friends. Of course, being a murder mystery, there's first one murder, then two, and it's all delightfully complicated by money, blackmail, adultery, homosexuality, immigration, and shorthand.This was a winner for me--an old-fashioned cozy mystery in a modern-day country house of sorts, with no drugs or guns or international terror, but still with a foot in the reality of modern Britain. The descriptions are lovely, and I would love to visit the little town in Wales where Penny lives, though perhaps some of the quirkier characters would not be so much fun! I was a little disappointed that the murder was solved in the end somewhat by chance, but you can't have everything.

  • BeParticular
    2018-11-21 13:20

    I'm tiring of this series. Five books in we should know much more about the characters than we do. And the little we do know is simplistic, boring, and repetitious. Penny (and the rest of the town's characters) have plenty of potential for development, but they've stalled instead. The relationship between Gareth and Penny has become completely ridiculous. I'm of a similar age and situation to Penny, but her concerns about "giving up the life she has built for herself" have no basis in reality. Gareth has given her zero reasons for her concerns. Perhaps if Duncan developed her characters even a tiny bit, reasons might become evident. As it is, Penny comes across as a completely self-centered bore. As for the murder mystery, I found Minty's (terrible character name) instantaneous behavior flip entirely unbelievable. Her murderer's motivation? Even worse. And the continuing side story with Dilys and her hand cream? Just get on with it already. Quit dragging it on and on. Ugh.

  • Cathy Austin
    2018-11-22 14:38

    Duncan gets top marks for storytelling. I've now read back to back stories in this Penny Brannigan series set in North Wales. Loved both books. Easy and quick reads, writing flows, characters are all people you might know and most likely do. The crimes are quite clever and unpredictable. There are two in this book, and they happen at a clergy conference in a renowned library, Gladstone's Library. Duncan makes us work, and gladly, along with the characters to see what isn't there and that leads us to the killer or killers. And why? Several subplots and endearing secondary characters. Again, the setting is lovely and pastoral. Bliss. Oh, mixed with a bit of crime, of course. I now plan to read all of the books in this series.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-09 19:36

    This 5th book in the series had potential early on. Historical content introduced with explanations of the background and significance of The Gladstone Library of Wales. Some nice surprises and twists in the story, but much of the dialogue toward the end trite. And, we still continue to learn very little about the main characters. Very little information about Penny Brannigan the central character. She's in her 50's, but no mention of parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends or visits back to her former home of Nova Scotia.Will continue to read the series because they are quick reads and haven't previously read any mysteries set in Wales.

  • Ann
    2018-11-28 16:34

    I love this series set in the Welsh countryside. Penny Brannigan attends a conference of Church of Wales ministers held at the Cromwell Library in northern Wales. She is there is present a talk along with her boyfriend, DCI Gareth Davies, who is giving a talk on prevention of theft in churches. A woman dies suddenly at the first dinner and it isn't long before another body shows up. Penny and Gareth are in the thick of things but, as usual, Penny is the one who finds the vital clues to the mystery. This is a good series and the locale is one of my favorite places in the world. The mystery isn't too hard to figure out but the ways of finding the culprits are well written.

  • Susan
    2018-12-11 15:27

    Penny Brannigan and DCI Gareth Davies are both giving presentations at a conference of clergymen at Gladstone's Library when one of the guests succumbs to an allergic reaction. Then Penny discovers another body and, despite Gareth's protests, finds herself investigating. There's already some friction between the couple, which seems to have a depressing effect on the book as a whole. For whatever reason--maybe the absence of most of the lovable villagers who are Penny's neighbors--this seems a bit flatter than the other books in this series, which I really love.

  • Virginia
    2018-12-05 16:28

    I loved all the other books in this series. This one seemed flat, no warmth, no charm.The friendship of Penny and Victoria is very important and there was so little of it here. No romance between Penny and Gareth or between anyone. No suspense that Penny or anyone we care about is in danger.Also, the spa is such a fabulous setting and it needs to come back front and center! Penny is not growing like she was before.Ms. Duncan you are a great writer -- I hope you get back to the charm of your first books in this series!

  • Deb
    2018-11-27 14:34

    Picked up this book since it is set in Wales, one of the places in the world I feel an affinity for (and have visited once) and in a library (I'm a just-retired librarian). A church-sponsored conference has been set in the library, but things don't go as planned. Two murders occur in quick succession, and Penny Branigan, an amateur sleuth whose detective boyfriend is at the conference as a guest speaker, gets involved in figuring out who-done-it. The setting is delightful, the characters are all too human, and the story is enjoyable.

  • Cheri Stringer
    2018-11-29 17:12

    I liked the setting, which is a real place. I liked that Jeanne M Dams character Dorothy Martin made a cameo appearance. I did not like that the story dragged out after the initial flurry of activity. I know what life is like, I don't expect to read fiction to see more of it. It annoys me that Penny is treating the DCI so shabbily. The ending was more of a whimper than a bang. I do not expect to seek out the next book, if there is one.

  • Cat Kwiatkowski
    2018-12-05 18:12

    Let Duncan take you on a weekend break to a library, and you won't regret it ... unless you are murdered like two of the other weekend conference's presenters. The killers are a bit obvious, but how they did it is a fabulous web that untangles as you read this story. Don't miss this or you will regret it.

  • Linda Smatzny
    2018-11-23 19:10

    This is the fifth book in the Penny Brannigan Mystery series. In this book, Penny and DCI Gareth Davies are at a conference together. While there two deaths occur and both Gareth and Penny investigate. The first death gets settled quickly but the second death takes awhile. Penny is also sorting thru her feelings for Gareth and where their friendship is heading. The book was a quick easy read.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-18 18:17

    I always enjoy the mysteries by Elizabeth J. Duncan and this was no exception. However, I was surprised by the number of errors that should have been caught by a proofreader. After reading it, I'd love to visit the Gladstone Library. I appreciate the fact that Canadian Elizabeth Duncan lives in Wales part of the year and has done her research thoroughly.

  • Alice
    2018-11-29 15:33

    bigamy, embezzlement, invalid resumes combined with anger at dismissive treatment and need for funds leads to blackmail-- EXCEPT that the blackmailer gets killed --which victum committed the crime.Gladstone Library as settingreturning characters --Mrs. Lloyd and Florenceromance fizzling

  • Patience
    2018-12-17 12:29

    A little wordy and I'm glad that I listened to the audiobook because I probably would have lost interest otherwise. In the end though, it was a worthwhile read. It seems as far as this author goes, it is easy to pick up a "middle of the series" book without being too lost.

  • Gail
    2018-11-26 18:37

    In this fifth installment in the delightful mystery series set in Wales, Penny Brannigan attends a conference at a stunning Victorian library center. When the woman next to her dies at lunch from a food allergy reaction, Penny is drawn into the search for a murderer.

  • Kamini Madansingh
    2018-12-16 20:25

    The Penny Brannigan Welsh mysteries provide light fun mixed in with historical facts. They are set in a small Welsh village where the locals add colour to the story. The story revolves around the Gladstone library in north Wales, providing interesting historical facts.

  • Bev
    2018-11-18 15:38

    Rather weak plot, with a few unused clues introduced and then ignored. Apart from the location of the mysteries in this series (Wales), there isn't a lot to recommend it. Penny the manicurist successfully solves crimes but there is little intensity or thrill to it all.