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On Deadly Tides by Elizabeth J Duncan
On Deadly Tides: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
11th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (November 10, 2020)
Kindle ASIN: B084V85BT8
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.
Elizabeth J Duncan: Author Interview
Tell us about the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales where you set On Deadly Tides.
Anglesey is so picturesque! With stunning views across the Menai Strait to the Snowdonia mountain range, a charming black and white lighthouse with a bell that tolls every minute, the medieval town of Beaumaris featuring the remains of a thirteenth-century moated castle, quaint fishing villages, beautiful beaches, and wildlife galore, it’s the perfect place for a painting holiday. But as amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan discovers in On Deadly Tides, even in such an idyllic setting, (fictional) danger is never far away.
This is the eleventh book in your Penny Brannigan Mystery Series. What’s your secret for such longevity!
The North Wales setting always inspires me. Once I’ve found the perfect location for the story I’m about to tell, the rest follows quite easily.
Over the course of the series I’ve learned that the best way to keep the stories fresh is to keep the characters fresh—introduce new ones, and give the recurring characters new challenges and obstacles to overcome. And to keep the story interesting for me to write, I like to learn new things.
Previous books in the series have touched on the history of slate mining in North Wales, various fancy breeds of chickens, how Gwrych Castle fell into ruin, the illegal antiquities trade, and how to organize a really posh dinner party.
On Deadly Tides includes some romance to spice up the mystery. Is that new for you? Or do you like to include a little romance with your murders?
Actually, it isn’t up to me; my protagonist has made it clear she’s in charge of her own life.
In previous books I tried matching Penny Brannigan up with someone I thought she’d like, but she wasn’t having it and the romance didn’t work out. But in On Deadly Tides, she meets someone and everything falls into place. I was really happy for her, and I think readers will be, too.
You spend time in both North Wales and Toronto, Canada. How did you come to live in both countries?
I lived in the UK for five years at one point in my life, and I love it. I rediscovered Wales about 12 years ago, chose it as the setting for the Penny Brannigan mystery series, and until the pandemic came along, divided my time almost equally between the two countries. I’m looking forward to the day when the worst of Covid is behind us and we can travel again.
You also write the Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery Series. Tell us about your other series.
This series features Charlotte Fairfax, an Englishwoman who started her career in the costume department of the Royal Shakespeare Company and now finds herself with a small theatre company in upstate New York.
She has a corgi called Rupert, who is probably the star of the series. Each book centres around the production and performance of one play and with a theatre company at the heart of the story, there’s so much potential for rich characters, engaging details, and (dare I say it?) drama!
What are you working on now?
I’m on a break from the novels, and have just written a short story, which I hope will be chosen for inclusion in an anthology. A short story is a great way to test drive new characters.
Words of wisdom for aspiring writers:
Get in with the people who are doing what you aspire to do. So if you want to be a writer, go where the writers are. When an author gives a presentation at your local library—go! If you can, attend a convention and go to the panel discussions. I guarantee you’ll come away having picked up at least one great tip, but probably more.
Here’s an example of how that works. I once attended a talk at the Toronto Reference Library given by author Gail Bowen. Her suggestion was write for 15 minutes a day. This will keep you connected to your work, get the creative juices flowing, and 15 minutes will most likely turn into something longer. Now that’s great advice!
It is great advice! Thank you for sharing. Great to chat with you. Best of luck with the new novel!
Elizabeth J Duncan
Elizabeth J Duncan is the two-time winner of the Bloody Words (Bony Blithe) Award for Canada’s best light mystery. She is the author of two series: the Penny Brannigan mysteries set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills featuring costume designer Charlotte Fairfax.
A former journalist, public relations practitioner, and college professor, Elizabeth is a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers.
She divides her time between Toronto, Canada and Llandudno, North Wales.
To learn more about Elizabeth, click on her name, photo, or any of the following links: Facebook and Twitter
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