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Ringing in Murder (A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Myst) Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2009
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Against all hopes to the contrary, the annual Christmas curse on the Pennyfoot Hotel has returned. First, two of the exclusively designed Christmas crackers disappear; then a pair of guests is killed in a seemingly accidental fire at the hotel. To add some fun to the story, a mysteriously mobile snowman seems to be playing tricks on some of the staff.
Cecily has to investigate all the unusual events if she is to prevent more disasters that would mar the holiday festivities and the all important wedding. Not trusting the local constabulary with the investigation, the unlikely sleuth soon uncovers clues that point to a possible murderer. Will she discover the truth in time to prevent more deaths and help her friend get through the pre-wedding jitters and celebrate her nuptials? And what in the world is the meaning of the silly snowman that seems to move around outdoors and spook the staff? The characters are fun with their spot on old English vocabulary and various superstitions and neuroses. You will enjoy this fun frolic in the snow in Merry Olde England.
by Rhonda Esakov
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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 twin. 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 waling 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. RING IN MURDER is an enjoyable cerebral amateur sleuth that rings in the Yuletide season on an entertaining note.
"Ringing in Murder" is Kate Kingsbury's latest Pennyfoot Hotel mystery set at Christmastime (the others are No Clue at the Inn (Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries), Slay Bells (A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Myst), and Shrouds of Holly (A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Myst)). Like the other books in the series this cozy mystery is delightful. All of the familiar characters are here: Cecily and her beloved husband Baxter, Madeline and Kevin, Phoebe Carter-Holmes Fortescue and her eccentric husband Colonel Fortescue, and of course Cecily's household staff - Mrs. Chubb, Gertie, Pansy, and "French" cook Michel. The wedding plot line is a good one and adds some mild suspense to the novel as Madeline and Kevin are at odds with each other over certain beliefs and readers will wonder if the two can make their differences work.Read more ›
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I am not going to review all the Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery books, just one, because while I enjoyed each one, almost as addictive as chocolate or one potato chip, there are over 20... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fran D.
I love Kate Kingsbury books and this one is, as usual, excellent. I always look forward to her next book.Published 23 months ago by Magie's Mom
I enjoy this author and these characters. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with them again after not seeing one of these books for several years. Thanks.Published on December 16, 2013 by Nancy Pulsipher
not the bestest ever but not the worst by far. a good quick read for travelling. I would def. recommendPublished on September 16, 2013 by S. Goldspink
Still hoping kindle will complete the Pennyfoot hotel series. But for now I've read all they offer. Loved them all and will move on to another author.Published on February 22, 2013 by B.Dian
Another great book int he Pennyfoot Hotel mystery series. Love these books and the characters! If you have not read any books of these series, try them, you'll like them!Published on January 27, 2013 by Mille's Mom
Arrived in excellent condition in a timely fashion. Really nice to be able to get books that are out of print.Published on May 15, 2011 by Sherlock