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Mistletoe and Mayhem (Special Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries (Mass Market)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kate Kingsbury
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reprint edition (Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244562
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable reading 8 Jan 2014
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This is a series I had not before ordered but I am very pleased with it and will order more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another nice visit to the Pennyfoot 26 Nov 2010
By drebbles - Published on Amazon.com
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Cecily Sinclair Baxter loves just about everything involving Christmas - decorating the Pennyfoot, celebrating with family and friends, caroling, giving gifts, even her friend Phoebe's disastrous pantomimes. The one thing she doesn't like is that the Pennyfoot seems like a magnet for murder during the Christmas season. Cecily hopes this Christmas will be murder-free but her hopes are quickly dashed when a member of her staff is murdered. Even worse, more murders quickly follow and Cecily fears a serial killer is loose at the Pennyfoot. Cecily vows to stop the killer before Christmas is totally ruined.

Like Cecily, I love Christmas and part of my holiday ritual is reading the latest Christmas Pennyfoot Hotel mystery. "Mistletoe and Mayhem" is a delightful addition to that holiday tradition. All of the favorite characters are there: Cecily and her husband Baxter, Madeline Prestwick and her husband Kevin, Phoebe Fortescue and her husband Frederick, as well as the household staff - Gertie, Pansy, Mrs. Chubb, Michel, and Samuel. Visiting them feels like visiting old friends. While this is a cozy mystery, this entry is a tad "bloodier" (for lack of a better word because it's not really bloody or gory at all) than other entries in the series and the body count is higher than usual. The mystery is well written and plotted and there are more than a few surprises along the way (without giving anything away I loved the subplot involving one of the guests!) Readers will have a good time trying to figure out who the killer is and author Kate Kingsbury provides plenty of suspects. Kingsbury also gives lots of hint as to who the killer is but the identity of the killer may still surprise many readers as will the (sad) reason behind the murders.

Kingsbury says in her introduction to "Mistletoe and Mayhem" that she isn't sure there would be more Pennyfoot books and accordingly she wraps up several ongoing storylines from the series (mostly the romantic storylines) but ends the book on a bit of a cliffhanger. Fortunately, on her website and Facebook Kingsbury says she is writing another Pennyfoot book (yay!) and it will be interesting to see how she resolves the cliffhanger. In the meantime, enjoy this year's trip to the Pennyfoot.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Edwardian England cozy 6 Nov 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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It is the holiday season at the Pennyfoot Hotel in Badgern's End, England and this year the manager hopes to finally break the Christmas curse. Every year during the holiday season, proprietor Cecily Sinclair Baxter is involved in a murder case usually at the hotel. Cecily's husband Baxter prays for a quieter time because he worries about his wife investigating a homicide and has something on his mind that he needs to tell his spouse.

Alas, their hopes are dashed when the body of Charlie the footman is found in what looked initially as if an accident occurred when a gargoyle fell from the roof bashing in his head. However, they quickly realize a murder was committed. When Ellie the maid goes missing, another maid Pansy and stable hand Samuel find her body. Soon afterward, more homicides occur. Cecily investigates with the intention of uncovering the deadly culprit but she is ignorant to the fact the killer is observing her movements very closely.

The latest annual Special Pennyfoot Hotel Myst Series amateur sleuth (see Decked with Folly and Ringing in Murder) is a terrific holiday cozy that contains more than one mystery. Besides the murders, readers will want to know what is disturbing Baxter that he needs to inform Cecily of. The characters who many appeared in previous tales bring continuity to the Pennyfoot saga. Village life in Edwardian England provides a sense of time and place as Kate Kingsbury writes another entertaining yuletide whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Mayhem and Not Enough Mistletoe 22 Dec 2010
By Earl A. Myers, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The characters and the setting are interesting enough; however, the body count in proportion to the concern and lack of official criminal investigation is far beyond the suspension of disbelief. I can't imagine in either a real or fictional context that the guests of Pennyfoot Hotel would not have evacuated the premises following the discovery of a 4th murder. The attitude of the proprietor Cecily Baxter and her longsuffering husband, along with prominent employees, is simply too blase and too indifferent to danger to be credible.

I suppose mystery writers like Agatha Christie were masters of creating suspense and multiple homicides within a confined locale and shortened period of time, but the body count, in this instance, includes too high a ratio when compared to the numbers of characters introduced in this book. Additionally, the kidnapping of a clairvoyant's infant only compounded the lack of reasonableness. The disappearance served only as an unnecessary distraction.

The story was quaint enough, but in the end, it did not stimulate this reviewer to read any past or future writings of Ms. kingsbury.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Book 12 Nov 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed all of the Pennyfoot Hotel series, especially the Christmas series.

The new book, Mistletoe and Mayhem, did not disappoint me at all. Kate Kingsbury

knows how to keep her readers attention at all times. It's nice to feel like you

are there at the Pennyfoot Hotel, she writes her books so well that you feel like

you are staying there and involved with the characters.

Thanks again for another GREAT book !!!!

Don't pass this one up - if you have never read the Pennyfoot Hotel books, I do

suggest you start at the beginning of the series as characters grow with each book

and you become entwined in their lives making each book that follows much easier

and nicer to read.

Mar

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5.0 out of 5 stars mistletoe and mayhem 22 Feb 2012
By K. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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I read a Pennyfoot Hotel book at random. The plot sounded interesting and I like to read about English country homes. I fell in love with all the characters working at the Pennyfoot and the mystery part was very good. I have since read every Pennyfoot or Manor series I can find. I felt like Agatha Christie met Angela Lansbury.
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