Slay Bells

Kate Kingsbury, Author . Berkley Prime Crime $13 (291p) ISBN 978-0-425-21200-4

At the start of Kingsbury's 14th Pennyfoot Hotel mystery, series heroine Cecily Baxter is looking forward to a peaceful Christmas without any of the tragic events that marred the previous holiday season (detailed in 2003's No Clue at the Inn ). When a footman breaks his neck falling off the roof, the village drunkard is stabbed and stuffed down the chimney in his Father Christmas suit, and Cecily's husband begins to avoid her questions about why he's spending so much time with a beautiful French singer, she reluctantly turns detective once more, determined to solve the mysteries—and somehow still help her guests have a happy Christmas—before the local constables can bungle the chase or shut down the hotel. The author draws as much from Fawlty Towers as she does from Agatha Christie, crafting a charming but entirely predictable cozy delicately flavored with period details of pre-WWI rural England. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/25/2006
Release date: 11/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 304 pages - 978-1-4295-8476-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 291 pages - 978-0-425-21840-2
Open Ebook - 304 pages - 978-1-4295-8475-3
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