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Shrouds of Holly
Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery

by Kate Kingsbury

      Cecily and the Pennyfoot staff have returned. This is the third Pennyfoot holiday mystery. The story opens with decorations going up and guests arriving. Earlier, Cecily sent Samuel and Baxter out to collect greenery. When the horse and carriage returns with a body, chaos breaks out in the Pennyfoot kitchen. Only the staff is aware of the dire circumstances. As usual, this loyal staff keeps all worries and problems hush-hush.

Once Cecily realizes Baxter isn't able to return, and the local constable has decided to pass the case on to Scotland Yard, Cecily tries to solve the murder of the man in the carriage and find clues to Baxter's whereabouts. It's a case out in the cold with plenty of hot clues and twists to keep Cecily warm.

One thing I noticed following this series is that previously Baxter worried about Cecily each time she took a case. Since the marriage of butler and lady of the manor, the tables have turned. In the previous episode, Cecily dealt with Baxter and a lady friend with secrets. This time Baxter disappears, feared lost and dying in the snow. Well, it doesn't matter who's worrying or who's in danger because they always have the loyal Pennyfoot staff for backup - and a bit of humor.

Likable characters, charming surroundings, and eclectic guests continue to make this an enjoyable series. Bravo, Kate Kingsbury and Berkley Publishing, for making this a holiday tradition.

Special Pennyfoot Hotel Christmas titles

No Clue At The Inn   
Slay Bells  


Shrouds of Holly 
Ringing In Murder  
Decked with Folly   
Mistletoe and Mayhem 
Herald of Death
The Clue is in the Pudding
Mulled Murder
A Merry Murder


The Book

Berkley Trade
November 6, 2007
Historical Mystery
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The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2007
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