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Herald of Death
A Special Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery, No 7
Kate Kingsbury

Berkley Trade
11/ 2012/ ISBN 978-0425251669
Historical Mystery / British / Holiday – Christmas

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

It’s Christmas time at the Pennyfoot Hotel. Cecily and friends are planning; the staff is decorating and preparing; and husband Baxter, as always, is bothered by it all.

Just when it looks like it’s a celebration of children singing, friends agreeing and no one fleeing (this year anyway) rumors reach Pennyfoot of a murder and the killer has been dubbed -- of all things -- “the Christmas Angel.” This is not the holiday spirit Cecily was hoping for…

Surprisingly, the local authorities ask Cecily for her assistance. Baxter is not happy and makes a veiled ultimatum that could put Cecily’s future at Pennyfoot in jeopardy -- again. And if that isn’t enough, Cancelation requests begin due the rumors of murder. Just Pennyfoot’s luck – the season may be over before it starts. For once why can’t Cecily and Pennyfoot have a cheery, uneventful holiday?! Well, if Cecily with the help of her friends and staff can solve this mystery they just might!

I enjoyed this holiday trek back to PennyFoot and Badger’s End. Kingsbury went all out with this one. The mystery is primary and detailed. With a little help and added protection, Cecily follows multiple clues down various paths in pursuit of a killer and a way to give Badger’s Drift a peaceful Christmas.

Of course, where would Cecily be without the Pennyfoot staff, and her long-time friends? In this storyline, the characters’ lives continue to develop -- maid Pansy tries her hand at matchmaking, a former employee returns to entertain, and I don’t recall the sound of pans or French expletives flying about, so the kitchen is faring well this season. It’s nice to know life continues at the Pennyfoot.

“Kate Kingsbury is a pseudonym for a full-time writer who has authored nineteen books in the Pennyfoot Hotel series.”

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






Reviewed 2011
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