Ringing in Murder (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #16)

Ringing in Murder (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #16)

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by Kate Kingsbury
     
 

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An all-new Yuletide mystery featuring the incomparable staff of the Pennyfoot Hotel? from ?a descendant of Agatha Christie.?(The Statesman Journal) (OR)

A merry hustle-and-bustle always heralds the holidays at the Pennyfoot. Even as she prepares for the holiday meal, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is also helping her friend Madeline plan her wedding. And

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An all-new Yuletide mystery featuring the incomparable staff of the Pennyfoot Hotel? from ?a descendant of Agatha Christie.?(The Statesman Journal) (OR)

A merry hustle-and-bustle always heralds the holidays at the Pennyfoot. Even as she prepares for the holiday meal, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is also helping her friend Madeline plan her wedding. And this year, Cecily has a cracking surprise for her guests?Christmas crackers. Once the crackers pop, one lucky guest will discover a beautiful pearl brooch?

But when two crackers go astray, things turn less than jolly. A mysterious fire has broken out in an upstairs room, killing the mood, and two guests. And at the bottom of it all: one of the missing Christmas crackers. Cecily's dead-set on solving this mystery before another deadly present turns up?

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Publishers Weekly

At the start of Kingsbury's engaging fourth holiday Pennyfoot Hotel mystery set during the Edwardian era (after 2007's Shrouds of Holly), amateur sleuth Cecily Sinclair Baxter is hoping for a festive winter season at her hotel on England's windy southeast coast, but the Christmas curse strikes again. The speaker of the House of Lords, Sir Walter Hetherton, and his wife, Lady Clara, are killed by an explosive Yuletide cracker at the Pennyfoot Country Club, which Cecily now manages. Constable Sam Northcutt believes the explosion was caused by a malfunctioning gas lamp, but after Sam leaves for vacation, one of Cecily's employees alerts her to some disturbing evidence. Could Pennyfoot be harboring a murderer? Suspects include Hetherton's political rival, Roland Crossley. A scary, vanishing snowman heightens the suspense. While the murderer's motive might strike some as a bit unconvincing, cozy fans will be pleased to ring in the new year with this cheerful Kingsbury trifle. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101078945
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Series:
Pennyfoot Hotel Series , #16
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
381,077
File size:
268 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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

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Ringing in Murder (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #16) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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A relaxing escape from the stress of the holiday season.
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It is the holiday season and Cecily and Baxter are involved in getting the Pennyfoot Club decorated before Christmas arrives. There are two VIP guests staying at the Pennyfoot the Speaker of the House of Lords Sir Walter Hetherton and MP Roland Crossley of the House of Commons. In addition to decorating for the holidays, Cecily is also involved in the wedding of her best friend Madeline. a psychic feared by villagers. to pragmatic Dr. Kevin Dr. Prestwick,who does not believe in her skills but loves her.---------- An explosion occurs in Sir Walter¿s room killing him and his wife. At first everyone assumed a gaslight caused a tragic accident, but they soon revise that opinion. A party favor (cracker) was found in the room and anyone with scientific knowledge could turn it into a lethal weapon someone obviously did. Two servants observe a snowman moving and talking to Gertie McBride¿s twins. They are puzzled and spooked until they see the snowman inside the Pennyfoot they become petrified. Cecily refuses to end the holiday season with an unsolved murder and a walking snowman at the Pennyfoot so she investigates.------------- This enticing cozy will get the audience into the holiday spirit with the decorations and the snowman tension relieving subplot. Even married Cecily remains an independent suffragette frustrating her spouse when she obstinately places herself in danger. RINGING IN MURDER is an enjoyable cerebral amateur sleuth that rings in the Yuletide season on an entertaining note.----------- Harriet Klausner