MURDER RETURNS TO THE PRECIPICE to be released October 2019

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Elizabeth Pennington returns to her roots on the coast of Maine with her love interest Kurt Mitchell to reopen her family’s historic inn, which she lovingly restored to its New England charm after a powerful hurricane nearly destroyed it. Unseen forces, however, seem hell-bent on derailing her efforts, or worse—taking her out of the picture.

The untimely death of a young female guest in the inn’s fitness center appears to be a tragic accident until authorities investigate and find there is more than meets the eye. When a second body is discovered, Elizabeth fears the worst—a killer in their midst—and wonders if Kurt’s FBI past has caught up to him.

Feeling the strain from a mountain of debt and the pressure to carry on in her grandmother’s footsteps as keeper of the popular inn, Elizabeth is crushed when the town begins foreclosure proceedings. On the brink of losing her childhood home, Elizabeth remains steadfast in her quest to carry on her grandmother’s legacy—until the killer comes after her.


“Murder Returns to the Precipice is brimming with promise and peril—a richly textured mystery that’s both charmingly atmospheric and cunningly staged. Be forewarned: Like the coastal waters of Maine, this story will lull you in with its seeming tranquility only to sweep you away in the undercurrent. Take a deep breath and surrender yourself fully. Penny Goetjen is a mighty force!”

-– John Valeri, Criminal Element

“An endlessly delightful tale and band of characters…”




In her follow-up to Murder on the Precipice, Penny Goetjen delivers another riveting tale in Murder beyond the Precipice.

The Livingston family is no stranger to tragedy. Losing both parents at a young age in what authorities ruled an accident, Lucretia Livingston, the sole heir to the estate, is left to pick up the pieces. But many locals question the circumstances surrounding their deaths and if the family’s wealth was an irresistibly seductive motive for crossing the line.

Elizabeth Pennington returns to the coast of Maine after receiving an unexpected wedding invitation. Hoping to surprise her friend, she arrives unannounced at the Livingston Estate-turned-inn, only to discover no one knows her whereabouts. Just as disconcerting is the disappearance of the innkeeper’s young bride, Lucretia. Frantic for answers, Elizabeth becomes tangled in a tortured trail of deception, betrayal, love lost and murder.


“Goetjen is a competent writer who keep things moving along, throwing in hints of the preternatural that add to the overall ambiance. . . .worth a read.”


“Filled with colorful characters who make an interesting mix, the mood of the tale can suddenly go from sunny and breezy to dark and terrifying. Murder beyond the Precipice is a fun, captivating mystery.”

—Dale T. Phillips, Author of the Zack Taylor Mysteries

“Beyond the whos and whys (which are wholly satisfying), Penny Goetjen delivers an evocative novel that transports readers to the coast of Maine, which is rendered as vibrant and volatile as the characters who breathe its salty air. Invigorating, and not to be missed!”

—John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner

“Hard to put this book down. The twists and turns and intrigue never stop. . . . A must-read for murder mystery fans.”

Readers’ Favorite

Receives Top Honors

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Receives Coveted National Award

Mom's Choice Award - TEC


“Penny Goetjen uses the idyllic setting and island culture so effectively, the reader is tempted to savor ocean views from The Empty Chair, but don’t pause too long–danger is never too far away.”

—Kathryn Orzech, Author of Premonition of Terror, a paranormal thriller, and Asylum, a dark suspense saga

© 2019 Penny Goetjen