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Herald of Death (Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries #19)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  209 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
A dark spirit threatens the Pennyfoot's shiny and bright Christmas... The Christmas Angel is a welcome sight during the winter season-but not this year. A killer is afoot in Badger's End, cutting a lock of hair from his victims and sticking a gold angel on their foreheads. Cecily Sinclair Baxter already promised her husband that she'd take a hiatus from sleuthing. But thre ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Berkley
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Kimberly Yates
Dec 12, 2015 Kimberly Yates rated it it was amazing
Absolute Holiday treasure! Another Pennyfoot Christmas story and just as fun, inspiring, edge of your seat, as any of the previous books.
This time we have a serial killer in Badger's End. He or she, cuts a lock of hair from each victim and puts a golden Angel stamp on the foreheads of his/her victims. None of the victims seem to have anything in common, thus making it difficult for the authorities and meddling Cecily to figure out a perpetrator.
Clive and Gertie seem to be getting closer, and Mad
Nov 11, 2011 Debbie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, historical
"Herald of Death" is a historical mystery with a side plot involving romances between several minor characters. The story was set somewhere between 1902 to 1905 in England. This is the thirteenth novel in the series, and it can be read as a stand-alone. However, I don't think this is a good book to introduce a new reader to the series.

While this novel didn't spoil any of the previous mysteries, the character development has clearly been going on and carrying forward since the first book. I felt
Judi Fisher
Jan 07, 2012 Judi Fisher rated it it was ok
think this is the last of this series I read. They are starting to be dull.
Nov 17, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it
This is the 19th book of the Pennyfoot Hotel. With the last seven books being set at Christmas time, with Cecily managing the country club for the holidays.

It rather busy at the Pennyfoot, what with holidays quickly approaching. The staff is busy with the cooking and cleaning, Madeline is in to decorate the tree and a\the rooms. Cook and her staff are having their normal squabbles which are always very entertaining.

Then P.C. Northcott shows up at the Pennyfoot, this is never a good sign as it us
Feb 15, 2012 Drebbles rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
It is Christmas time again at the Pennyfoot Country Club and Cecily Sinclair Baxter is determined to enjoy it - she's even promised her husband that she would stop trying to solve murders. But she soon has to break that promise - someone is killing people in Badgers End, cutting a lock from their hair, and sticking a gold angel on their foreheads. As the victims pile up, people start canceling their reservations at the Pennyfoot. Cecily is determined to stop the killer before Christmas is ruined ...more
Marilyn Fontane
Jan 07, 2013 Marilyn Fontane rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cozy lovers. Christmas story lovers
Shelves: mystery, christmas
This is the 5th or 6th of the Pennyfoot Hotel Christmas mysteries I have read. Certainly not the best one. Cecily Sinclair Baxter runs the Pennyfoot Hotel in 1902--5? and always has a special Christmas planned for her guests. Every year, of course, a murderer visits the area, causing Cecily to act as a detective and help find the criminal since the local police are not terribly bright, and she is always worried that her guests will leave. This upsets her husband and causes others to worry about ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
The Pennyfoot Hotel is now a country club licensed for card games and owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter is looking forward to a busy holiday season with a hotel full of guests. However, it seems there is a serial killer on the loose in Badger’s End, causing fear among the staff as well as canceled reservations. Cecily has investigated several murders in the past, without the blessing of the local police force. This time, Police Constable Northcott is begging for Cecily’s help so the murders will be s ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Kristi rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Every year the Pennyfoot Country Club suffers from the Christmas Curse - someone is murdered on it's premises during the Christmas Holiday. In this book, the curse is avoided. Instead, a serial killer is on the loose in Badger's End (the nearby village), a week or so before the Pennyfoot's Christmas guests are set to arrive. The bumbling constable asks Cecily for help solving the case, so he will be able to go on his Christmas holiday. The book spends a lot of time following Cecily riding in the ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Grey853 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series. It's very well written and filled with characters that the author has taken time to develop over several books. It does help to have read the other stories, but it's not entirely necessary to enjoy this one.

There's a murderer killing men, stealing a lock of hair, and putting a golden Christmas angel on their foreheads. Cecily, despite her promise to her husband to stop sleuthing, gets drawn in to the investigation. She has to figure out the connection that could possi
Feb 16, 2015 RebeccaS rated it really liked it
Another nice episode of Christmas at the Pennyfoot Hotel. The reason I continue to read this series is for the wonderful characters that have been developed. The mysteries are fun and interesting, but the reason I keep coming back is to read more about the Personal lives of Cecily, Gertie, Samuel, Mrs. Chubb, Madeline, etc. I also especially love the Christmas theme because it really gets me in the spirit for Christmas. This mystery was pretty interesting and I didn't figure it out until almost ...more
Kalendra Dee
Sep 10, 2013 Kalendra Dee rated it really liked it
The Pennyfoot Hotel is once again beset by trouble during the holiday season. A serial killer is abroad in the night, cutting locks of hair from his victims and branding their foreheads with golden angel stickers. After her last terrifying case, Cecily has promised her husband that she will cease her detecting. When she is appealed to by the local constable, however, can Cecily keep her promise or will she once again plunge headlong into danger? The holiday seasons are always fraught with danger ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This novel was a gentle murder cozy. Although the crimes were quite hideous, the writing style of Kate Kingsbury places you back in the Victorian days easily.

County club manager, Cecily Sinclair Baxter, a favorite sleuth, is asked by P.C. Northcott to aid him in investigating the "Christmas Angel" murderer so that he might go on Christmas Holidays. Cecily who is worried about cancellations for the season, readily agrees.

To my personal amazement, I figured out the perpetrator by page...well I won
Nupur Tustin
Sep 24, 2014 Nupur Tustin rated it it was amazing
Kate Kingsbury is a remarkable storyteller and writer. I've enjoyed every one of her historical cozies in the Pennyfoot Hotel series.
Nov 24, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
I felt a bi behind the gun on this one. The characters have clearly been established through their deeds and adventures in other novels. Good read.
Dec 23, 2011 Gretchen rated it liked it
This is a Christmas murder mystery in the Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery series. The setting is Badgers End, England in the early 1900's. Cecily manages the hotel and they are getting ready for Christmas. There are subplots about the love lives of a couple of the maids and their boyfriends. The main story line is a serial killer on the loose named the Christmas Angel because he leaves a gold foil sticker of an angel on his victims' foreheads. Cecily helps the inept local cop catch the killer before she ...more
Cecily Baxter has promised her husband to stay out of any criminal investigations in their tiny town, but this time the police constable wants her help. There have been several murders among the local people, and he fears that they're dealing with a serial killer. Cecily wangles her way into the investigation, but even she can't find a link between the victims. Meanwhile, the usual downstairs romances progress, or don't. It's got a nice Christmas theme, for those who care for holiday mysteries.
Mar 19, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated
Overall it was a good mystery, though I figured out the killer early on. There is an overarching storyline that feels incomplete, and I really hate getting hints dribbled this way. It's almost as though the author wants to be through with the series but just can't quite close the door yet. Wrap it up or not, but stop with the little hints and bits and dribbles. I have 3 more to go (I accidentally read them out of order) and I hope it's wrapped up by the end of the last one.
Jennifer Lunt
Feb 14, 2015 Jennifer Lunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The characters are well written, the story intriguing.
Nancy Bennett
Jul 21, 2015 Nancy Bennett rated it liked it
More of the same for the gang at the Pennyfoot, though this time the description of one of the murders seemed more "gruesome" than usual for a cozy mystery. Not bad, it just struck me as I was reading.

Also, I really wish Baxter was more involved in the story. He is much more peripheral in the last several stories and one of the reasons I like this series was the interaction between him and Cecily. I miss it.
Jan 10, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing
Wondeful book. It helps if you have read the other Pennyfoot Hotel Christmas Mysteries because many events are refered to in this book from previous books. The charcters have beeen developed from the first book to this one so it is much more consistant if one has read the previos books. I love reading all the Christmas Special Pennyfoot Mysteries each year between November and the end of January.
Jun 13, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this mystery set at the Pennyfoot Hotel in the Christmas season. It is a mix of Downton Abbey and a little Miss Marple. Cecily has to solve the murder before Christmas all the while there is a "pantomime" being rehearsed at the hotel. Kate Kingsbury's characters are wonderful as is the element of danger in discovering who is the "Christmas Angel".
Jan 14, 2013 Connie rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Entertaining enough entry in the series, but some things are beginning to get VERY formulaic-- but then, that's also one of the reasons to read the series: a comfy pair of slippers of a book, with nothing too unsettling, no matter how odd the manner of the murders might be...
Kathy Moberg
Dec 10, 2011 Kathy Moberg rated it it was ok
A pleasant, fluffy holiday-themed book. I wasn't quite pleased with the ending. I would only recommend this to people who have been following the Pennyfoot series and still have an interest in finding out what happens next with the continuing characters.
Dec 20, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice holiday mystery. I loved the "Upstairs/Downstairs" tone of the book, and I enjoyed the characters. I'm looking forward to reading more of the Pennyfoot Hotel series, especially the holiday books.
Michelle Fidler
May 21, 2012 Michelle Fidler rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one and I've read others in the series, too. This was a case that was described as one of Cecily's most challenging ones because anyone could be a suspect.
A little slow going but a good mystery. This is part of a series and the characters development seems to have stalled.
Jul 09, 2012 Teresa rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Nothing too spectacular but but a good read nonetheless. I have to admit I didn't see who it was coming.
Emily Boivin
Feb 08, 2012 Emily Boivin rated it it was amazing
great cozy mystery, charecters are charming and funny. i can not wait to go back and read the entire series.
Feb 08, 2016 Dee added it
Another fun read. Always a dramatic end. Great holiday read.
Paige Bennett
Dec 20, 2012 Paige Bennett rated it liked it
Nice little cozy- will read more by Kate Kingsbury
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Kate Kingsbury grew up in London, England, and at a very early age began telling stories to her school friends during the London Blitz of WW II while huddling in bomb shelters. Kate moved to the U.S. in the early sixties, and had passed her 50th birthday when she published her first book. Writing as Doreen Roberts, (her real name) she published 26 romance novels for Harlequin/Silhouette. In 1991 h ...more
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