Mistletoe and Mayhem (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #18)

Mistletoe and Mayhem (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series #18)

by Kate Kingsbury

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Overview

In this Pennyfoot Hotel Christmas mystery, guests and staff alike are coming together under the kissing bough—only to fall victim to a cold-blooded killer…
 
At the Pennyfoot Hotel, Cecily Sinclair Baxter and her staff are hustling and bustling more than ever. Cecily’s dear friend Madeline arrives with her new baby and adds a kissing bough to the festive decorations. Cecily gets in the spirit by kissing the precious baby beneath the bough, believing that the holiday couldn’t be getting off to a better start.
 
But after a footman and a new maid are seen kissing under the bough and turn up dead, the staff is convinced a serial killer is spending the holidays at the Pennyfoot. And when Madeline’s baby disappears, Cecily has her hands full desperately trying to find the child. If she doesn’t catch this killer in time, everyone’s cheer will quickly turn to fear…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425244562
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: Pennyfoot Hotel Series , #18
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 174,001
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Kingsbury is a full-time writer and the author of the Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries, set in Edwardian England; the Manor House Mysteries, set in an English village during World War 2; and the Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries, a contemporary series set at a bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast. Born in London, England, she now lives in the United States.

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Mistletoe and Mayhem 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
It is the holiday season at the Pennyfoot Hotel in Badgern's End, England and this year the manager hopes to finally break the Christmas curse. Every year during the holiday season, proprietor Cecily Sinclair Baxter is involved in a murder case usually at the hotel. Cecily's husband Baxter prays for a quieter time because he worries about his wife investigating a homicide and has something on his mind that he needs to tell his spouse. Alas, their hopes are dashed when the body of Charlie the footman is found in what looked initially as if an accident occurred when a gargoyle fell from the roof bashing in his head. However, they quickly realize a murder was committed. When Ellie the maid goes missing, another maid Pansy and stable hand Samuel find her body. Soon afterward, more homicides occur. Cecily investigates with the intention of uncovering the deadly culprit but she is ignorant to the fact the killer is observing her movements very closely. The latest annual Special Pennyfoot Hotel Myst Series amateur sleuth (see Decked with Folly and Ringing in Murder) is a terrific holiday cozy that contains more than one mystery. Besides the murders, readers will want to know what is disturbing Baxter that he needs to inform Cecily of. The characters who many appeared in previous tales bring continuity to the Pennyfoot saga. Village life in Edwardian England provides a sense of time and place as Kate Kingsbury writes another entertaining yuletide whodunit. Harriet Klausner
jw24 More than 1 year ago
Kate Kingsbury has a delightful cast of characters that are sure to keep you entertained as they solve another murder.
JonyakaLena More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Read them from the beginning and you'll grow to love Mrs. Jeffries and her household of amateur sleuths.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good weekend read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second Christmas reading a Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery and once again, I enjoyed the read. It's not taxing, it's just right for the holiday season. Can't wait for next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun book to read. Makes me anxious for the holidays this year.
ccourtland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cozy holiday murder mystery with a special cameo star character guest. Mistletoe and Mayhem is an easy read that is surprisingly light despite the occurrence of four murders. Out of politeness and not wishing to ruin the guests holiday, the staff of the Pennyfoot do their best to keep the unfortunate events secret. However, this proves to be difficult and soon rumors spread dampening the holiday cheer. In the good old fashion tradition of whodunit mysteries, the actual investigator is an idiot. If left up to him, no crime would ever be solved! Thankfully, Cecily has a keen eye and knack for detection and puzzle solving. It also doesn't hurt that her good friend is gifted with a six sense. Together, they're sure to solve the mystery by Christmas Eve. Although the characters background are well-developed, the actual motive for the murders is glazed. I believe this is the result of trying too hard to not give away the culprit, but in doing so, decreased the suspense and 'ah-ha' moment. Looking back, there are parts/scenes of the story that are irrelevant. I assume they were included to throw the reader off the trail. Normally, I do not mind, but I felt this wild goose chase was rather benign and left me wondering why some of it was written into the story. I had a few, 'Why am I suppose to care about this?' moments.
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kingsbury's holiday Pennyfoot books offer a cozy mystery in an elegant setting. This year the Christmas Curse is in full swing as the bodies start piling up and Madam Baxter may face a difficult choice in the near future. Complex plots with lots of red herrings mixed with upstairs-downstairs humor.
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