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Decked with Folly (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #17)

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Make room for murder with all the trimmings...

The Pennyfoot Hotel is decked out in holiday style, but when one of Cecily's candlesticks disappears, she realizes someone is lacking in Christmas spirit. Still, petty thievery seems the least of her problems when she learns a former employee has been found dead in her duck pond. He hasn't worked at the Pennyfoot in years, but his ex-wife is still their head maid-and now she heads the naughty list ...

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Overview

Make room for murder with all the trimmings...

The Pennyfoot Hotel is decked out in holiday style, but when one of Cecily's candlesticks disappears, she realizes someone is lacking in Christmas spirit. Still, petty thievery seems the least of her problems when she learns a former employee has been found dead in her duck pond. He hasn't worked at the Pennyfoot in years, but his ex-wife is still their head maid-and now she heads the naughty list of suspects.

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The Christmas curse (that is, “something quite dreadful happen[ing] to put a dampener on things”) strikes again in Kingsbury's diverting fifth holiday Pennyfoot Hotel mystery set in Edwardian England (after 2008's Ringing in Murder). Cecily Sinclair Baxter, the Pennyfoot's proprietress, immediately suspects foul play after the body of Ian McBride, the estranged husband of her chief housemaid, Gertie, surfaces in the hotel duck pond. While Gertie emerges as the prime suspect in her husband's demise, Kingsbury expertly strews red herrings to suggest plenty of others had reason to wish Ian dead. Subplots involving Ian's first wife and what various members of the household staff were up to on the eve of the murder add intrigue. This makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the cozy fan in your life. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425237878
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Series: Pennyfoot Hotel Series , #17
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 780,871
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Kingsbury is a full-time writer and the author of the Pennyfoot Hotel mystery series.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Readers will enjoy the latest Pennyfoot holiday mystery

    It is the Christmas season and the Pennyfoot Spa is having its usual holiday celebration. Manager Cecily Sinclair Baxter prays they get through the Yuletide period without a murder as seems to be the tradition (see SHROUDS OF HOLLY, SLAY BELLS and NO CLUE AT THE INN - not a safe place for the holidays). Alas the homicidal jinx remains intact as a drunken man is found dead in the pond; they discover he is Ian Rossiter who used to work there and once was bigamously married to still-employed head maid Gertie. They also had a fight on the hotel's grounds in which she attacked him with a knife.

    The local constable Northcott believes Gertie killed her former spouse, but Cecily thinks differently; the cops do not arrest her head maid, but remand her into her employer's custody. The Pennyfoot repairman saves Gertie's life twice, which has Cecily pondering the connection to Ian's death beyond the obvious. When Ian's current wife Gloria arrives looking for him only to learn he is dead, she goes hysterical; Cecily puts her in a guest room. Meanwhile someone watches the activity waiting for the opening to make a move while Cecily wonders what had Ian done to bring such misfortune to him and his family.

    There are numerous suspects besides the ex wife whose motive is the most obvious as Ian wants to see his twins, but others also have powerful reasons to kill the rogue. Cecily is more of a modern woman than an early twentieth cnturty female as she refuses to let her husband Baxter or any male dictate how she is to behave especially when he pleads with her to stay out of the murder investigation. The story line has the "Upstairs, Downstairs" feel that enhances the whoudnit as there is a wide schism between the classes as World War I had not started leveling the playing field yet. Readers will enjoy the latest Pennyfoot holiday mystery as a terrific historical amateur sleuth.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Entertaining

    I purchased this for some enjoyable light weight reading during December. That's what I got.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Decked With Folly very enjoyable

    After reading a few of Kate Kingsbury's tales of Christmas/New Years at the Pennyfoot Hotel and country club the characters are like old friends. I look forward to going back in time to the Victorian era and spending the holidays with hotel Proprietor Cecily Sinclair Baxter and her friends and staff while they go about preparing to celebrate the customs of the times while solving the latest mystery in the manner of the times. No DNA evidence here I'm afraid, just good sleuthing and determination on Cecily's part. Wonderful descriptions of Victorian customs and mannerisms, always enjoyable.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    seasonal fun

    DECKED WITH FOLLY is exactly what it appears to be--a charming, fluffy polite mystery, occuring around a Christmas party's preparations. Set in the early 20th century, it's filled with elegance, humor, "uptairs/downstairs" characters, and a properly nasty but nongraphic murder. Nothing profound, but then it doesn't try to be. I read it on the train, going from Boston to New York for Christmas, which is a perfect venue--the winter equivalent of a beach read. Predictable, with a few pleasingly unexpected turns along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Relaxing

    Enjoyable quick read. I will read more of this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011

    Light reading and very enjoyable

    I bought four books at once from B & N and enjoyed them all immensely, two by Kate Kingsbury and if one enjoys light reading, this is for them.

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