A merry murder / Kate Kingsbury.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: The Pennyfoot halls are decked with boughs of holly, a magnificently decorated tree graces the lobby, and the hotel's bookings are finally looking up. Owner of the Pennyfoot, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is in high holiday spirits until disaster strikes, threatening to ruin yet another Yuletide. Her chief housemaid Gertie McBride has found a man's body in the hotel laundry room--with a woman's scarf wrapped around his neck and a note in his pocket from the hotel's new maid. Cecily is determined to track down the culprit, but with multiple suspects icing her out of crucial clues, she realizes this killer may be more slippery than most. With Christmas right around the corner, it is up to Cecily to prevent this holiday season at the Pennyfoot from turning out more fatal than festive.
    • ISBN:
      9781984805928
      1984805924
    • Accession Number:
      2019020781
    • Accession Number:
      on1090006345
      1090006345
    • Accession Number:
      fay.666812

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 October #1

Plans are coming together for an elegant Edwardian-era Christmas at Pennyfoot Hotel, on the British coast. A magnificent tree sits in the main hall, Mrs. Chubb is baking mince pies, and Phoebe Fortescue's dance troupe is rehearsing for their usual Christmas Eve performance. Then housemaid Gertie McBride finds the body of a man at the bottom of a laundry chute, an expensive women's scarf around his neck. Hotel owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter knows she must solve this holiday murder on her own, as it's clear the local constable won't do it, and, worse, Scotland Yard Inspector Crenshaw is just itching to find a reason to shut down the inn. The victim was last seen at the secret gaming tables, but the note in his pocket casts suspicion on the hotel's youngest maid. Cecily works to get her maid freed from police custody in time for Christmas, tries to keep up the Christmas cheer, and hopes Phoebe's company's performance will not be the disaster it has been in the past. Warm characters and numerous tantalizing subplots help make this an engaging cozy that will appeal to Upstairs, Downstairs fans. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 August #2

The discovery of a body in the Pennyfoot Hotel's laundry propels Kingsbury's sprightly 22nd Pennyfoot Holiday mystery (after 2013's Mulled Murder), set in Badger's End, England. When 14-year-old Mazie, a recently hired maid, is arrested by bumbling Police Constable Northcott for the man's murder, hotel owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter, despite her husband's reservations, steps back into her sleuthing role to prove Mazie's innocence and find the real killer. The victim turns out to be shady Lord Percival Farthingale, who, though not a guest of the Pennyfoot, was visiting the hotel's guests-only card rooms. Cecily's inquiries reveal an argument between Farthingale and Edwin Coombs, a hotel guest who admits he knew the victim but is reluctant to say more. Cecily's visit to Lady Farthingale reveals why the widow isn't too sorry about her husband's demise. Jealousy and secrets among the staff add tension, while Cecily comes close to meeting her maker solving this grand Christmastime mystery filled with plenty of new and familiar faces. Fans will hope they won't have to wait another six years for the next installment. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

PW Reviews 2019 August #2

The discovery of a body in the Pennyfoot Hotel's laundry propels Kingsbury's sprightly 22nd Pennyfoot Holiday mystery (after 2013's Mulled Murder), set in Badger's End, England. When 14-year-old Mazie, a recently hired maid, is arrested by bumbling Police Constable Northcott for the man's murder, hotel owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter, despite her husband's reservations, steps back into her sleuthing role to prove Mazie's innocence and find the real killer. The victim turns out to be shady Lord Percival Farthingale, who, though not a guest of the Pennyfoot, was visiting the hotel's guests-only card rooms. Cecily's inquiries reveal an argument between Farthingale and Edwin Coombs, a hotel guest who admits he knew the victim but is reluctant to say more. Cecily's visit to Lady Farthingale reveals why the widow isn't too sorry about her husband's demise. Jealousy and secrets among the staff add tension, while Cecily comes close to meeting her maker solving this grand Christmastime mystery filled with plenty of new and familiar faces. Fans will hope they won't have to wait another six years for the next installment. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.