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eBook Shrouds of Holly: A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery epub

by Kate Kingsbury

eBook Shrouds of Holly: A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery epub
  • ISBN: 0425224317
  • Author: Kate Kingsbury
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (October 7, 2008)
  • ePUB size: 1834 kb
  • FB2 size 1716 kb
  • Formats lrf doc lit mbr

At the height of the Christmas season, Cecily Sinclair Baxter undertakes a personal investigation to find her missing husband and stable manager, who vanished during an expedition into the nearby woods to cut holly to decorate the ballroom for the Pennyfoot Hotel's annual Christmas reception, and the killer responsible for returning a corpse in their place. Reprint.
Comments: (7)
I love cozy mysteries and I love Christmas books. This fun Edwardian mystery revolves around the decorating of the Pennyfoot Hotel. A large part of decorating in the Edwardian period in England revolved around lots and lots of holly bows. While Cecily Sinclair gets ready for the hotel celebrations at the inn her husband, Baxter, and stable manager, Samuel, went into the woods to gather the holly. But when time passes and the cart comes home without Baxter or Samuel, but with a dead body, the mystery begins with Cecily and Samuel in pursuit of answers.

The characters in this book keep the period as a large part of this story with their various squabbles, relationships, and house duties. Especially enjoyed a servant's first ride in a motor car, and the Colonel who takes advantage of every opportunity to have a drink and run on and on about his days in the Boar Wars. The Christmas events tell of Edwardian Christmas customs and different foods. A great fun book for the season.
Kate Kingsbury is one of my very favorite cozy mystery authors. Shrouds of Holly finds Baxter and Samuel out in the woods looking for holly to help finish the decorating for the Christmas parties to take place at the Pennyfoot. They fail to return, but the horse and cart return with a dead body in it. Samuel finally shows up but the search for poor Baxter leads to alot of sinister activity with the family of the deceased.

I always get caught up in her writing and the characters are so familiar and entertaining. If you love the English countryside with some mystery thrown in and entertaining and lovable characters - you'll love this charming Christmas read.
Fun reviewing Kate Kingsbury books. They are all pretty much the same clever stories and the staff characters always remain dependable and likable.

Do yourself a favor though. Read these books in chronological order for a better experience.

I wish Ms. Kingsbury had covered more holidays than Christmas.
It's a great book,
What a fun way to distract me from airline travel and turbulence! When I want to just relax and be entertained, I always go for a Kate Kingsbury book. Great mystery stories without all the violence and gore.
Really nice story, the characters are likeable and the story moves along. The book is more entertaining than it is suspenseful - fun to read- again the characters are a delight
Nice series to read during the holidays. No deep thinking necessary. A bit repetitive, but likeable central charactors. Perhaps sometime the author will change the familiar setting and see how the heroine solves a mystery away from her home.
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