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Room With a Clue (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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 six months previously. 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. The hotel has been discovered by Society and many of the upper-crust come to stay for brief visits to get away from London for a while. When Lady Eleanor Danbury is discovered dead on the grounds with a bash-in head, Cecily is not only concerned about what happened to her but also concerned about how this might impact her business. She and Baxter get involved since the local police officer isn't particularly equipped to handle the investigation --- he is willing to call it an accident and then head on home.
A charming cast of characters (the staff is full of amusing folks), a charming sea-side setting, and bit of a mystery add up to quite an enjoyable read. This is truly a cozy mystery as the "mystery" largely plays a back seat to the setting and characters which populate this novel. If you enjoy slash and gore suspense, this book isn't for you. 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 and fun. Giving it 4-stars but I can see where the series has the potential for 5-stars in the future as the characters become more fleshed-out and developed.
“Room With A Clue” is the nicely done first book in Kate Kingsbury's Pennyfoot Hotel cozy mystery series. Although the series has sadly been discontinued, I am thrilled that the earlier books in the series have been released as e-books and I enjoyed revisiting the Pennyfoot from the beginning once again. Kingsbury did a great job with the setting of the series - the Pennyfoot Hotel is a great place filled with all kinds of guests and secret rooms. The fact that there are always different guests at the hotel means there will always be plenty of suspects and chances for murder which is the case in this book. Adding to the fun in the book are Cecily's friends Madeline and Phoebe as well as various members of the household staff - it was interesting to see what they were like at the beginning of this series (Madeline in particular grew as a character throughout the series and Gertie’s life had many twists and turns throughout the series). The mystery itself is well plotted with more than one surprise and readers will have fun trying to figure out who the killer is.
“Room With A Clue” is a fun cozy mystery.
She still mourns for him, but she is so busy and involved with the day to day of the hotel, she is slowly moving on in her life.
There is a murder. The victim is the kind of person who needed to be killed. She was a Lady who ruled her world with an acid tongue and a cold heart.
There are several people who would enjoy having this woman dead.
Celia and her manager, Baxter, do some investigation. The main reason is to protect the name of the hotel. Everyone wants to protect the hotel, because after all they make their living there.
I like this book very much, and will find the next books in the series in order to follow the stories of these characters.
The plot is well developed. The aspect of history seems to be spot on for those of us who enjoy British historical works. The characters are defined in such a way that the reader can determine who each of them truly are and how they will grow as the books progress. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.
In fact, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book which entertains and provides a puzzle to be solved.
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