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Dying Room Only (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Kingsbury
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The ELEVENTH book in The Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series is now out as an eBook!



The Pennyfoot hides many secrets and its downstairs staff keeps a tight lip, even when the Edwardian aristocrats are spotted dallying with damsels in the boudoirs, or gambling in the forbidden card rooms hidden below the floorboards. Should now and then one of the hotel guests fall prey to a dastardly murderer, however, it is up to Cecily Sinclair to restore order before Scotland Yard steps in and shuts down her infamous seaside hotel.

DYING ROOM ONLY



Excitement abounds in the ballroom of the Pennyfoot Hotel when the Great Denmarric opens the doors of his magic box to prove he had made his assistant disappear. When he opens them again to reveal her return, however, no one is more surprised than the magician to find the box empty. The assistant has vanished, only to turn up murdered. The constable has put the ballroom off limits, and Cecily has to find the killer before her guests start disappearing.

The twenty-first Pennyfoot book, MULLED MURDER, one of Kingsbury’s beloved Christmas editions, was published in November 2013 by Berkley Books.

Reviews


"The author draws as much from Fawlty Towers as she does from Agatha Christie, crafting a charming…cozy delicately flavored with period details of pre-World War I rural England." --- Publishers Weekly

"Clever and cunning…Delightfully unique and entertaining. A most delicious teatime mystery with just the right atmosphere and a charming cast of characters." ---The Literary Times

"Combines the feel of an Agatha Christie whodunit with a taste of Upstairs, Downstairs." ---Cozy Library

"Kate Kingsbury is the Queen of English cozy mysteries."---Fresh Fiction


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kate Kingsbury (29 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJEMCBM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, well, they can't all be winners... 25 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me say this first: Kate Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, and the Pennyfoot books are some of my favorite mysteries. Kingsbury outdoes herself with sympathetic characters, intriguing puzzles, and interesting period details...
...most of the time.
This book isn't *bad,* but it's not up to the standards of the rest of this excellent series. My main quibble is with the two main characters who seem to be doing everything in their power not to act like themselves. Cecily Sinclair, owner of the Pennyfoot and amateur sleuth, seems to have a positive death-wish at times as she consistently breaks this promise to her manager and sweetheart, Baxter: that if she undertakes a murder investigation, she will inform him of her doings. Does she? Of course not. And Baxter wants to share his life with this woman who, in this book at least, seems incapable of keeping such a simple promise? Well, it would seem to cast an aspersion on the wedding vows, for one thing. This is not the Cecily Sinclair I have come to know and love.
Baxter himself is another bone of contention--you'd think he'd be very upset about the breaking of said promise, but he hardly seems to care. Indeed, he hardly seems to have anything to say throughout the whole book. Baxter's character, throughout all the books, has consistently intrigued and challenged me, but here he's dull as dishwater. He livens up a bit at the end, but only when Cecily comes closer to death than ever before.
Which brings me to the good part. Like I said, the book isn't bad, I was just disappointed by the strange behavior of the protagonists. The mystery is intriguing, and packed with the kind of action that I've missed in some of the other Pennyfoot books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neat addition to this cozy historical series 21 Aug. 1998
By A Customer
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In 1910 England, there is plenty of excitement in the air as the Pennyfoot Hotel hosts the annual Spring Ball. This year, the ball's visiting celebrity and entertainer is the Great Denmarric who is going to perform his renowned magic show.
The Great Denmarric's performance is top rate, but when he performs "a death defying feat" and opens the magic box that is supposed to contain his stage assistant, Desiree, the woman is gone. Denmarric is stunned that his performance failed to go smoothly like it always does. Not too long after that debacle, Desiree, who is actually former waitress Ivy Glumm, is found murdered. Cecily Sinclair, the manager of the hotel, begins to investigate before the murderer kills again and does irreversible damage to the reputation of her establishment.
Though DYING ROOM ONLY is the eleventh Pennyfoot Hotel mystery, the story remains a refreshing historical who-done-it. Kate Kingsbury, who demonstrates she is one of the sub-genre's most talented authors(and one of my favorites), brilliantly brings the English seaside during the reign of Edward to life. The story line is crisp, and the detail to characters and setting add an authentic touch that will leave readers wanting to check into the Pennyfoot Hotel for this novel and the previous ten.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pennyfoot Hotel. 12 Dec. 2013
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I love these books, they are a very easy read at any time. I have bad insomnia and usually end up reading these in one night. ( I have to say though if anyone's looking for a name for a hotel or any kind of lodging home I wouldn't use this!) while there is a murder there's no blood, guts, gore or swearing which makes a nice change. A very cosy mystery and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 28 Feb. 2015
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Another winner for Kate Kingsbury. Most enjoyable and relaxing. I quite like the character Fortescue, although being a little mad he's a lovable gent. Star rating, it's got to be another five and recommended to all Kindle readers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, well, they can't all be winners... 25 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me say this first: Kate Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, and the Pennyfoot books are some of my favorite mysteries. Kingsbury outdoes herself with sympathetic characters, intriguing puzzles, and interesting period details...
...most of the time.
This book isn't *bad,* but it's not up to the standards of the rest of this excellent series. My main quibble is with the two main characters who seem to be doing everything in their power not to act like themselves. Cecily Sinclair, owner of the Pennyfoot and amateur sleuth, seems to have a positive death-wish at times as she consistently breaks this promise to her manager and sweetheart, Baxter: that if she undertakes a murder investigation, she will inform him of her doings. Does she? Of course not. And Baxter wants to share his life with this woman who, in this book at least, seems incapable of keeping such a simple promise? Well, it would seem to cast an aspersion on the wedding vows, for one thing. This is not the Cecily Sinclair I have come to know and love.
Baxter himself is another bone of contention--you'd think he'd be very upset about the breaking of said promise, but he hardly seems to care. Indeed, he hardly seems to have anything to say throughout the whole book. Baxter's character, throughout all the books, has consistently intrigued and challenged me, but here he's dull as dishwater. He livens up a bit at the end, but only when Cecily comes closer to death than ever before.
Which brings me to the good part. Like I said, the book isn't bad, I was just disappointed by the strange behavior of the protagonists. The mystery is intriguing, and packed with the kind of action that I've missed in some of the other Pennyfoot books. Also, we get more character perspectives than ever before: this time around, we hear much more frequently from side characters such as Gertie, Doris, Phoebe and Colonel Fortescue. (By the by, I can't *wait* to see what transpires between the latter two in the next--and final--book in the series.)
So yes, I would recommend you buy the boook, if only to keep abreast of the happenings of Badgers End (the sleepy Edwardian village that, relatively speaking, has a higher murder rate than Harlem). Don't expect the sparkle you can find in the other books--but it's still an entertaining ride.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neat addition to this cozy historical series 21 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1910 England, there is plenty of excitement in the air as the Pennyfoot Hotel hosts the annual Spring Ball. This year, the ball's visiting celebrity and entertainer is the Great Denmarric who is going to perform his renowned magic show.
The Great Denmarric's performance is top rate, but when he performs "a death defying feat" and opens the magic box that is supposed to contain his stage assistant, Desiree, the woman is gone. Denmarric is stunned that his performance failed to go smoothly like it always does. Not too long after that debacle, Desiree, who is actually former waitress Ivy Glumm, is found murdered. Cecily Sinclair, the manager of the hotel, begins to investigate before the murderer kills again and does irreversible damage to the reputation of her establishment.
Though DYING ROOM ONLY is the eleventh Pennyfoot Hotel mystery, the story remains a refreshing historical who-done-it. Kate Kingsbury, who demonstrates she is one of the sub-genre's most talented authors(and one of my favorites), brilliantly brings the English seaside during the reign of Edward to life. The story line is crisp, and the detail to characters and setting add an authentic touch that will leave readers wanting to check into the Pennyfoot Hotel for this novel and the previous ten.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little story this time 10 Aug. 2009
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I do enjoy the Pennyfoot Hotel series and the wonderful people that live and work in Badgers End. The last couple of books have not been as good as the first ones though, but I did enjoy this book. I liked the link to magic and the shady magician. I also like the interactions between the main characters. Doris is going to London to audition for the Variety theatre, Gerdie (who is my favourite) is corresponding with her Scotsman, and Cecily and Baxter's relationshp has advanced somewhat. This is a good little cozy historical series that always seems to entertain me, and I look forward to see what happens to everyone in the next one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable 30 Nov. 2013
By Russell Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
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I am always looking forward to reading her books. This book was another great read, it kept me guessing up the very last chapter.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series 3 Nov. 2013
By Brandi Mckeithan - Published on Amazon.com
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I love all of the books in this series that I have read so far. I cant wait for them to get all of them on kindle.
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