- Series: A Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery
- Mass Market Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: Jove; Jove ed edition (January 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515112828
- ISBN-13: 978-0515112825
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 251 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do Not Disturb (A Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1994
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As a bit of background, the books are set in southeastern England in 1906, Cecily Sinclair is the owner of a seaside hotel called the Pennyfoot Hotel. She is the sole owner of the hotel after becoming a widow recently. She has a manager, Baxter, who plays a heavy role in running the hotel but his idea of what a proper lady should do is different from Cecily's. She is very progressive in her ideas about women's equality and that doesn't' necessarily set well with the more conservative manager's ideas. There is a fair about of interaction between these two characters which causes me to laugh a bit and is fairly humorous.
This time out, several outsiders have come to town to work on the new lighthouse being built. It's desparately needed but the workers assigned to the project cause quite a bit of disruption. When the construction supervisor is found dead under mysterious circumstances, our stage is set and the mystery off and running.
A charming cast of characters (the staff is full of amusing folks), a quaint sea-side setting, and bit of a mystery add up to quite an enjoyable read. This is a true "cozy" story with a plausible mystery thrown in. Fairly linear with only an occassional twist and turn, it still was a very fun read. If you enjoy curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a meander through a slower-paced, more gentle story this would be just the ticket.
Bottom line: Enjoyable, atmospheric, and fun. I am giving it 5-stars as the characters are becoming more developed since the initial book and the mystery portion is plausible. I will definitely be going on to read the next book in the series.
If you enjoy a slow-moving, laid-back story, you will enjoy this book. It is set in a time when there were many restrictions on women. The main character, Cecily, manages to work around them as the fairly well-to-do owner of a hotel. It is this freedom that gives her the time to solve mysteries.
The household of workers adds dimension and interest to the story. The other characters are not quite so enjoyable. The vicar's mother is downright annoying. Madeline is a little better; she at least makes an effort to be helpful to those around her. Baxter tries to keep Cecily in tune with the mores of the day, but isn't always successful.
There are really only two choices to be the antagonists in the story, so it doesn't take a genius to narrow the list even further.The mystery itself isn't full of twists and turns.
It is a pleasant read with few or no language issues. The sex is nearly non-existent. If you like a nice, clean read, you will like this author.
I appreciate that the permissions are liberal..it can be simultaneously on more than one device and it is lendable.Thank you for that.
Cecily Sinclair, the owner operator of the Pennyfoot Hotel is drawn into this mystery. Her good friend is under suspicion of the poisoning. She was in company of the poisoned man just hours before his death. She is known for making potions. Could she have slipped a deadly dose to the doomed man?
Being a modern woman, Cecily won't let the disapproving protests from her manager Baxter, who promised to keep an eye on her when her husband passed away, get in her way. Matter of fact, Cecily might just be able to get him to assist her in finding the truth.
Cecily had her work cut out for her on who was killing these men in the area.
Madeline, Phoebe, Gertie, Louise, and Mrs. Parmentier all have things they have to work out.
Ladies you all will have something to relate to in this book that they go through.
I don't want to ruin this for you so you have to read this book.
YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!!!
I didn't sleep much.