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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Decked With Folly by Kate Kingsbury - a delightful dash of murder and mayhem with an English twist to the Holidays!

Today's selection comes from the delightful "Pennyfoot Hotel" series by Kate Kingsbury. The English do up Christmas so well! I dedicate today's review to my sweet British friend, "Petty Witter," who is such a loyal follower of this blog! Cheers, Tracy!

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Holiday excitement abounds at The Pennyfoot Hotel, and Cecily Baxter is just hoping and prayer that this year’s celebrations will be peaceful and without drama. But it just wouldn’t be Christmas at The Pennyfoot if there wasn’t a murder afoot!

In Kate Kingbury’s latest mystery, “DECKED WITH FOLLY: A SPECIAL PENNYFOOT HOTEL MYSTERY, her 17th installment in the wonderful pre-World War I series, readers will be transported back to pre-World War I England in a pleasant mystery that is thrilling to the very last page.

Despite Cecily’s prayers, the busy Christmas season is disrupted when the body of Ian Rossiter is found floating in the pond. A former employee of the hotel, Ian had been lurking around, trying to have a word with Gertie McBride, the mother of his twin children, but no one was a witness to his watery demise. It’s up to Cecily, her good friend Madeline, and the staff of The Pennyfoot to set out to clear Gertie’s name, and find out who really murdered Ian.

Meanwhile, The Pennyfoot guests are running amuk, the new footman is a bit shady, and Constable Northcutt seems to be always poking his nose into things he shouldn’t, including Mrs. Chubb’s delicious pies! On top of everything, Ian’s wife, Gloria, has shown up with the news that she has no where to go but The Pennyfoot, and could she stay while she grieves for her no-good husband. Cecily truly has her hands full this holiday season!

“DECKED WITH FOLLY” is full of twist and turns, just as a good mystery should be. There is also a great deal of British humor sprinkled among the pages. If you are a fan of the British comedy, “Fawlty Towers,” you can almost imagine The Pennyfoot Hotel being much the same type of establishment as Sybil and Basil’s. I was thoroughly charmed by this delightful story.

Here is a list of previous "Pennyfoot" books by Kate Kingsbury -

Room with a Clue
Do Not Disturb
Service for Two
Eat, Drink and Be Buried
Check-Out Time
Grounds For Murder
Pay the Piper
Chivalry is Dead
Ring for Tomb Service
Death With Reservations
Dying Room Only
Maid to Murder

Holiday-themed "Pennyfoot" books:

No Clue at the Inn
Slay Bells
Shrouds of Holly
Ringing in Murder
Decked With Folly

For more information on Kate Kingsbury, or her alter-ego Doreen Roberts, check out her website at http://www.doreenrobertshight.com/


Janel said...

I am definitely going to check out this series. Sounds like lots of twists in this book with a great cast of characters.

Lori said...

I have not heard of this series before but it sounds like a lot of fun and I love all things British!

Great review, Sharon.

Sheila Deeth said...

I love Fawlty Towers. This sounds wonderful!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Oh - I so want to check these out. Thanks so much for the review!

....Petty Witter said...

I can't tell you how honoured I am. You know people say I'm a loyal follower but it's only because I like to visit their blogs, there's something special about them.

I'm doing my first book challengs but am finding it so difficult to obtain Seasonal books from any of our libraries, plenty of Christmas craft books out there but no novels. Perhaps I'll invest in some of the books you've mention. Thanks Sharon.

Jenn said...

Great review. This definitely seems like a different type of Christmas book.