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    Wonderful atmosphere

    Great to see Penny and friends back in action. The characters develop more with each book in the series. The plots are interesting and well constructed. I find the descriptive narrative beautifully evokes the Welsh culture and countryside. I never fail to learn new and interesting facts when I read one of these books.
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    History and Mystery

    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 A good cozy that weaves some actual historical content into the storyline!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.
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    The 10th A Penny Brannigan Mystery

    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.
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    A good light read.

    I enjoyed this book. Although a light read there were mysteries that were plausible and engaging. Characters were interesting. There was nothing I disliked. There are times when I enjoy a more complicated mystery story but this was engaging.
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    I loved it!

    I am not sure how I did not pick up this series before, but I am so glad I did. I am going to read the previous books because this one was such a terrific book. A top notch whodunit and great characters. I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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