Elizabeth J. Duncan

Elizabeth J Duncan, Author of the Penny Brannigan Series

Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of the Penny Brannigan mystery series et in North Wales. Penny, a Canadian expat has no troubles answering the door when murder comes knocking. Elizabeth has won awards for The Cold Light of Mourning, and A Small Hill to Die On.

After graduating from Carleton University, Ottawa, with a BA in English, Elizabeth J. Duncan worked as a writer and editor for some of Canada’s largest newspapers, including the Ottawa Citizen and Hamilton Spectator. She lived and worked in London, England for five years as a freelance writer and broadcaster.

Since 1995 she has worked in communications, and now teaches writing and communication planning part-time in the Public Relations programs at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto. She has won several international awards for business writing.

The Cold Light of Mourning, which won the William F. Deeck- Malice Domestic 2006 Grant for Unpublished Writers and the 2008 St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic Award for best first traditional mystery, is her first work of fiction.

Elizabeth lives in Toronto and enjoys spending time each year in North Wales.

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  • Connie Webster

    I wanted to say how much I love your work. I just finished A Brush With Death and its my favorite. Thank you so much!

    • Elizabeth Duncan

      Connie! Thank you very much for the kind words. I hope that you get a new favourite each time you read a Penny Brannigan.

  • Joyce Acomb Larsen

    I just finished your first book, “The Cold Light of Mourning”, and loved it! Luckily I also have the second one, because I want to read more. I like the descriptions of the town, and also the descriptions of the friendship between Penny and Emma, and that the reader could share in Penny’s memories. I liked the character development, of all of the characters, not just the main one, and I liked how the mystery unfolded. Thank you for a wonderful book!

    • Elizabeth Duncan

      Hi Joyce, I am so glad you enjoyed the books. The fifth one in the series, Never Laugh as A Hearse Goes By, is available Oct. 29. Hope you’ll read them all and I’m glad you’re reading them in sequence. I like to read series like that, too. Thank you for writing to me. All best.

  • Debra Hinton

    I am loving this series, just finished book two… How lovely to find realistic well realised characters. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

    Congratulations on your Bloody Words Light Mystery award.

  • ElizabethDuncan

    Hi Debra
    Hope you enjoy the others, too. Thanks for your kind message.