Shrouds of Holly (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #15)

Shrouds of Holly (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #15)

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by Kate Kingsbury
     
 

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While decorating the Pennyfoot's ballroom for a Christmas reception, Cecily sends her husband Baxter and stable manager Samuel into the woods to cut some fresh boughs of holly for the ballroom. An hour later their one-horse open carriage returns with the horse, the holly...and the unwelcome gift of a dead body. Baxter and Samuel are nowhere to be found. In what

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While decorating the Pennyfoot's ballroom for a Christmas reception, Cecily sends her husband Baxter and stable manager Samuel into the woods to cut some fresh boughs of holly for the ballroom. An hour later their one-horse open carriage returns with the horse, the holly...and the unwelcome gift of a dead body. Baxter and Samuel are nowhere to be found. In what should be a season of celebration with friends and family, Cecily means to reunite hers and solve the mystery-even if a killer leads her in a merry measure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425218495
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/06/2007
Series:
Pennyfoot Hotel Series, #15
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
637,194
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.79(d)
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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Shrouds of Holly (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #15) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
I love cozy mysteries and I love Christmas books.  This fun Edwardian mystery revolves around the decorating of the Pennyfoot Hotel.  A large part of decorating in the Edwardian period in England revolved around lots and lots of holly bows.  While Cecily Sinclair gets ready for the hotel celebrations at the inn her husband, Baxter, and stable manager, Samuel, went into the woods to gather the holly.  But when time passes and the cart comes home without Baxter or Samuel, but with a dead body, the mystery begins with Cecily and Samuel in pursuit of answers. The characters in this book keep the period as a large part of this story with their various squabbles, relationships, and house duties.  Especially enjoyed a servant's first ride in a motor car, and the Colonel who takes advantage of every opportunity to have a drink and run on and on about his days in the Boar Wars. The Christmas events tell of Edwardian Christmas customs and different foods.  A great fun book for the season.  
VTS More than 1 year ago
Kate Kingsbury Holiday mysteries are wonderfully enjoyable. If you like cozy mysteries, you should read her books. I ordered most of her books on line from B&N and received excellant service.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Badgers End, England Pennyfoot Hotel proprietor Cecily Sinclair Baxter praises Madeline Pengrath for decorating the ballroom for the upcoming Christmas holiday. To complete the décor, Cecily¿s husband and stable master Samuel went -to the nearby woods to gather holly.-------------- However one of the horses returns too quickly without either man. Instead inside the trap to contain the holly is a dead stranger Mr. Baxter and Samuel failed to come home. Cecily sends for Constable Northcott. However, when he makes no progress on the case, a frustrated, worried and determined Cecily begins her own inquiry into what happened to her spouse and stable master, and who killed the man in the trap.------------- SHROUDS OF HOLLY is a delightful Edwardian whodunit starring an intrepid heroine who turns investigator out of fear for her husband as she believes the constable fails to understand time is running out. Fans of the series will enjoy this fun to read historical holiday cozy as the latest Pennyfoot Hotel mystery (see SLAY BELLS and NO CLUE AT THE INN) cleverly uses stereotypes of Pre WWI English to round out the entertaining amateur sleuth mystery.-------------- Harriet Klausner
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