SLAY BELLS

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A return visit to the Pennyfoot
Hotel brings a great mystery for the
holiday season. Set in 1913 England, Kingsbury's novel transports you to an era when innkeeping was an art form. Cecily Sinclair Baxter is a delightful heroine. From her interactions with her hotel staff to her relationship with her husband, she is fallible and authentic. The secondary characters add great texture and richness to the setting. This book has it all: a great mystery, wonderful characters and a charming setting.

Cecily Sinclair Baxter has planned a holiday party for the local children at the Pennyfoot Hotel. But Father Christmas is a no-show, and a footman winds up dead. Suspicion falls on the missing man hired to play Father Christmas, Sid Porter.

It's believed that he pushed the footman off the roof during a scuffle -- until a dead Sid is found wedged in the chimney. Cecily now finds herself in the middle of a mystery where clowns keep appearing, furniture moves mysteriously and a killer stalks the halls. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Nov., 304 pp., $13.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin