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 andintrigue 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