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The Clue is in the Pudding (Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries #20)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  199 ratings  ·  43 reviews
The kitchen staff of the Pennyfoot Hotel is toiling away to prepare the finest meal for the guests on Christmas. And the plum pudding may very well be to die for…

Cecily Sinclair Baxter could use a Christmas miracle. Mrs. Chubb, the Pennyfoot’s housekeeper, must travel up north for a family emergency, and Cecily needs a temporary replacement. The agency doesn’t have much to
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley
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As I was leaving the library a couple of weeks ago, I saw this book with a display of Christmas themed books. I had just read Mulled Murder and really liked it. I've read a few others in the series, but missed this one from last year. They are a quick read with a predictable ending, but with a few surprises. The Pennyfoot's housekeeper, Mrs. Chubb, is called away when her daughter becomes ill. Cecily hires a temporary worker who is very disagreeable. Then one of the guests, an actor, is found de ...more
Penny McGill
Normally I love a Christmas book. Especially one where there is a murder. What better time to kill - when tensions are high (all that shopping, relatives visiting - I can understand the desire to start thinking evil thoughts) and everyone is distracted - so it's a great time for murder. I am a big fan of all cozy mysteries with a theme of Christmas and found this one on a migraine afternoon so it seemed a perfectly relaxing choice. It wasn't really. Not enough clues left behind to make me start ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
There is a certain comfort found when indulging oneself within this cozy series. This novel finds the Pennyfoot Country Club in the midst of the Christmas season. A famous actor is found murdered in the hotel after he has shown courage in saving the club's pet from an icy death. How could such a kind heart be slain?

As Mrs. Baxter soon finds out, the actor was indeed an actor and his personal life was far from the image the public held of him.

This tale set among the holiday excitement, stressful
Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
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There’s nothing I’d rather do on a cold winter’s night than nestle down into my comfy couch with some fireball whiskey, a tubby gray housecat and a Pennyfoot Hotel mystery. The author does a fine job unraveling just bits and pieces about the eclectic cast of hotel staff and dangling that carrot as their love stories develop. In this book, I finally got to see some sparks fly between Gertie and the enigmatic
Nancy Bennett
Enjoyment of story a 3, but character development is a 1. Okay, not all characters, but let me rant about Gertie's twins. Don't they age? Are they like Benjamin Button (aging in reverse)? If you have a series that only gets told once a year, then you have to keep your timelines straight. You know the saying "they grow up so fast" -- except for Gertie's twins. Once you hit adulthood changes occur more gradually, but kids change a lot year to year, so it is very noticeable that after 19 books (in ...more
The Clue In The Pudding is the 8th book in the Holiday Pennyfoot Hotel series. I look forward to the fall/winter for another enjoyable story about the hotel, not the snow and cold.

The Pennyfoot Hotel is more turmoil than usual, as Mrs. Chubb has been called to her daughters. Cecily has retained Beatrice Tucker to fill in and she is more of a tyrant than Mrs. Chubb. Everyone is walking on egg shells.

Archibald Armitage, of notoriety both on and off the stage, risk his life to save the stable mana
The past few Christmases at the Pennyfoot Country Club have been anything but quiet but Cecily Sinclair Baxter is hoping that this year will be different especially since her housekeeper, Mrs. Chubb, has been called away on a family emergency. Unfortunately, Cecily's wishes are quickly dashed as first her staff does not get along with the temporary housekeeper and second a guest at the Pennyfoot is murdered. Although her husband Baxter doesn't want her to get involved, Cecily wants the murder so ...more
Marilyn Fontane
Jan 07, 2013 Marilyn Fontane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cozy lovers. Christmas story lovers
Shelves: mystery, christmas
The 2012 Pennyfoot Hotel Christmas Mystery. Most of the series is delightful and this year's is no exception--far better than last year's. Once again, the servents are almost, if not completely, as interesting as the "main" characters. Cecily Sinclair Baxter runs the Pennyfoot Hotel where every year someone gets killed. In order to keep her guests at the most profitable period of the year, she must solve the mystery before the bungling officials scare them off. Mrs. Chubb, the housekeeper, is aw ...more
Amy Lignor
This never before published Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery is an absolute ‘gift’ to readers and fans.

With this tale, the Pennyfoot Country Club is gearing up for the Christmas holidays. However, judging from past years, they probably should close for Christmas seeing as that every year someone has been killed in the beautiful Victorian establishment. But, seeing as how fate works, if anything bad is going to happen, it will - no matter who or what tries to stop it. Therefore…Christmas is on!

Mrs. Chub
Cecily Sinclair Baxter is hard at it, trying to have a successful, uninterrupted holiday season at the Pennyfoot Hotel. But, once again, murder rears its ugly head and Cecily can't help but get involved any time her beloved Pannyfoot is in jeopardy.

When well known actor Archibald Armitage is found dead in his room food poisoning is thought to have done him in but further investigation proves that that was not the case. Someone laced a bottle of whiskey with rat poison and gave it to Armitage as
David Caldwell
This is book 20 in the Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery series.

The Pennyfoot Country Club is hoping to have a quiet Christmas season, but the Christmas curse seems ready to strike again. First the housekeeper is called away to look after a sick relative and her temporary replacement is an annoying woman who argues with everyone including some of the guests. One of those guests is Archibald Armitage, a stage actor spending his Christmas at the Pennyfoot. When Archibald is poisoned, The new housekeeper is
I just love reading Kate Kingsbury's Pennyfort Hotel holiday series. Having read all the series I feel like I have come to know the characters and their quirks. Cecily Baxter has the worse luck during the holidays as a murder always comes a calling. She, her husband, friends and staff and some of the funniest guests are on the case, some without realizing what is going on.
Her friend Phoebe, I guess you would call her a program coordinator, is a hoot with getting the Christmas show just right, bu
A nice cozy mystery but the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. I understand they are British but I really don't like the incorrect grammar. It was an OK story, the first I've read by this author, and I don't think I'll chance another one.
Judith Mundt
I look forward each year in reading one of Kate Kingsbury's Pennyfoot mysteries. This one did not disappoint. I was drawn away to that lovely Inn once again and felt like a member of the Holiday staff. Loved it!!
Jun 10, 2014 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
A quaint turn of the century murder mystery at a country club/hotel. Great summer read. I do not need to read others in this series, though if I come across them at the library as I did this one I will pick them up.
Catherine Boomer
This book was typically good as all the ones I have read in this series. The plot is similar but all the characters interact and bring suspense and adventure to the mystery.
I don't know, the mystery on these keeps going downhill. There wasn't much to this book. Cecily didn't do much sleuthing, in my opinion. It was more about what Gertie and Pansy (the Pennyfoot maids) are up to. Which was fine, I do enjoy the character development. It felt to me by the end that Ms. Kingsbury is possibly close to ending the series for good, the character stories seem to be coming together for a nice happily ever after. My bet is that she'll publish one more next Christmas and that ...more
Sue Sparks
I have never read her books, but it was a good mystery.
This a typical start of the century English mystery. Cecily Baxter, manageress of Pennyfoot Country Club is preparing for the Christmas holidays when one of her guests is found dead in his room and it looks like fowl play. Cecily tries to keep things quiet so her other guests don't find out and leave in droves, but it is up to her to find out who the murderer is so her business is not threatened. A good cozy, with the feel of Upstairs/Downstairs. An entertaining read.
Another nice holiday tale set at the Pennyfoot Hotel. The main mystery being looked into by Cecily Baxter is okay, but the sub-plots about the maids Pansy and Gertie and the things going on in their lives that could make this a very special Christmas for each of them is what makes this story. Gertie provides several clues to Cecily and I hope she plays an even larger role in future books in this charming series.
Nancy H
I really like this series, but I am getting a bit tired of the 'murder-at-Christmas curse' theme. I think also in this book that the character of Baxter is developing a bit too much of the 'curmudgeonly' attitude; in fact, someone reading just this book would question why Cecily would even marry someone like him. All that being said, however, it is still a good series and I will continue to read it.
Kalendra Dee
It’s Christmas again at the Pennyfoot Country Club and preparations for a huge gala are in full swing. Unfortunately, the Christmas curse seems to be upon them. A noted actor has been found dead in his room, the victim of poison. When Cecily begins to investigate, she finds that the actor had many enemies, not a few of whom are in residence at the Pennyfoot!
I love Kate's Christmas series, always look forward to November.

This year she did not disappoint, the cast of characters are there, along
with new guests at the hotel

Cecily, Bax and staff, along with C's friends make the books "friendly"
I like that in a series as you feel like you know the characters after

A very nice Christmas cozy read


Kathy Moberg
A fun little holiday read -- but I would only recommend it for people who have kept up with the series and are interested in the annual Christmas update into the characters' lives. The books are always fairly predicatable, but that makes them easy to read this time of year when one of interrupted a lot! I did think this was one of the better installments.
Xondra Day
This was a great mystery. It's part of a series of books that all take place in a county club set during the Victorian era. There were many interesting and quirky characters. I look forward to reading another in the series. They seem to be able to be read standalone too which is a bonus.
This is the most recent of the Pennyfoot Hotel holiday mysteries. Once again the holidays have brought a murderer to Cecily Baxter's world, and she is trying to track him down before the holiday season is totally ruined. This is a nice cozy for holiday reading.
A fun adventure with the gang at the Pennyfoot, though it is obvious the author is tiring of her characters. It's winding down, but the mystery was very good and the red herrings were better than in previous episodes.
Once again the Pennyfoot staff steal the show. The back stories of the two maids far outshine the mystery itself. I enjoy how Kingsbury is able to bring to life the stories of women in this period Christmas piece.
Darlene Ferland
It is always fun to visit the Pennyfoot Country Club and a Christmas visit is even better. This holiday season sees romance in the workers at the Club. It also has another murder. . .
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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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Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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