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No Clue at the Inn (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #13)

No Clue at the Inn (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #13)

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by Kate Kingsbury
     
 

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Cecily Baxter and her husband, Hugh, haven't been back to Badgers End in two years-not since they sold the Pennyfoot Hotel and the new owner turned it into a country club. But when Cecily receives a letter asking her to manage the place during the Christmas season, she's delighted to accept. Hugh, however, is not quite so enthusiastic-especially when he discovers

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Cecily Baxter and her husband, Hugh, haven't been back to Badgers End in two years-not since they sold the Pennyfoot Hotel and the new owner turned it into a country club. But when Cecily receives a letter asking her to manage the place during the Christmas season, she's delighted to accept. Hugh, however, is not quite so enthusiastic-especially when he discovers that the previous manager met a mysterious end...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author Kate Kingsbury (Service for Two) delivers a delightful Christmas whodunit, No Clue at the Inn, a special entry in her Pennyfoot Hotel series. When former owners Cecily Sinclair Baxter and husband Hugh return to the Pennyfoot, now a country club, to be the temporary managers, they find the strange fate of the previous manager more than troubling. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
For two years, Cecily Baxter and her second husband have lived comfortably in Wimbledon. Then, in 1912, they are asked to return to the seafront hotel where they once worked in order to manage it for the Christmas holiday. It seems the last manager of the hotel (now a "country club") turned up dead in a disused well and couldn't be replaced. Her husband's warnings notwithstanding, Cecily begins sleuthing as soon as they arrive. In Kingsbury's 12th "Pennyfoot Hotel" mystery, fascinating glimpses of both servants and wealthy guests are framed by Cecily's clever machinations and hubby's proper English. Pretty cozy. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dark doings mix with Yuletide cheer as mass-market paperback veterans Hugh and Cecily Sinclair Baxter return to Badgers End for another turn at the helm of the Pennyfoot Hotel. Called away on urgent business, Cecily's cousin Edward Sandringham begs the Baxters to manage the hotel, now a country club, during the 1912 Christmas season. His pleas are especially urgent since manager Barry Wrotham recently plunged to his death in an abandoned well. Cecily, bored with life in Wimbledon, accepts eagerly, inviting former housemaids Gertie (accompanied by her three-year-olds, Lilly and James) and twins Daisy and Doris, plus former housekeeper Altheda Chubb, to play guests. To add a hint of chaos to the festivities, she asks her ever-feuding friends Phoebe and Madeline to collaborate in producing a pantomime. At the Pennyfoot, Cecily finds the new housemaids, sulky Jeannette and tongue-tied Moira, under the ineffective supervision of bleak Mrs. Bunkle, barely adequate to keep up with the demands of guests-especially four London magistrates and their elegant wives. When Jeannette's body turns up in a garden shed, it's as inevitable that Gertie, Daisy, Doris, and Mrs. Chubb will be pressed back into service as it is that Cecily, against Hugh's firm admonitions, will launch an investigation that could add her name to the list of victims. Busy Kingsbury skims over the scenes that should be the funniest in this overpopulated country-house-murder entry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425191880
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/04/2003
Series:
Pennyfoot Hotel Series, #13
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.59(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.85(d)

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"British author Kate Kingsbury delivers a delightful Christmas whodunit." —Publishers Weekly

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

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