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Mulled Murder (Pennyfoot Hotel #21)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  198 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
This holiday season at the Pennyfoot, the head count is down—but the body count is up…

With one of her housemaids leaving to get married, Cecily Sinclair Baxter wants nothing more for Christmas than some good help. Instead of visions of sugar plums, she’s calling the plumber to deal with flooded bathrooms. Then there’s the surly new janitor, who acts like he got coal in his
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Berkeley
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Murder strikes again close to home as holiday season draws near at Pennyfoot. It's bad enough that Cecily Sinclair Baxter has to deal with loosing one of her housemaids as she is leaving to get married, but the new additions and guests at Pennyfoot leave her plenty to be curious about. When the first dead body turns up a little too close to the country club, there is talks once again that Pennyfoot might be cursed. The last thing Cecily wants is for this to be revealed to everyone else with ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Cortana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
After more than two decades of entertaining readers around the globe with her Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery series comprising of twenty-one books, including nine Christmas editions counting her latest book in the series Mulled Murder, bestselling author Kate Kingsbury has decided to call it a day on this long-running series and in a fitting finale to this thrilling saga writes a book that fans will remember for a long time to come.

Mulled Murder brings Cecily and Baxter close together again, as they wo
Jan 08, 2016 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy this series.
Mulled Murder by Kate Kingsbury will be the last book she will write in this series. At the beginning of this book, the author told the readers In Acknowledgments, Ms. Kingsbury states "I'm sad to say that this book will be the last in the Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries. Most of the characters are looking forward to new lives, and it's time to let them go." Having just discovered this series, I will have lots of other books in the series to read so I'm not sad that this is happening, but I am sure ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it
I am sighing, deeply, to do this review. I am so sorry that this will be the last Pennyfoot book. I read all of the Christmas books in the series in the month of December, back to back. I drew close to the characters, enjoying their accomplishments, their happiness and on the flip side was saddened when they faced struggles, and hurts. I really loved these books and am just so sorry this is it.
Finally those who were separated have come together, those in love are now side by side.
Thank you Kate
Marilyn Fontane
Jul 29, 2016 Marilyn Fontane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, christmas
Every year Kate Kingsbury turns out a Pennyfoot Hotel Christmas mystery. Enjoyable cozy; fits the season. Some repetition, yes, but it is once a year--the time for tradition. The Pennyfoot Hotel is now the Pennyfoot Country Club (liquor and gaming allowed);after all the advent of Edward VII brings a different type of decorum to vacation spots in southern England, such as Badger's End, but the season is the same. One of Cecily Sinclair Baxter's (the owner of the hotel) best friends, Phoebe ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Drebbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
It is Christmas time at the Pennyfoot Country Club and Cecily Sinclair Baxter is looking forward to her favorite things about the holidays - her friend Madeline's exquisite decorations, the caroling, Phoebe Carter-Holmes Fortescue’s pageants (even if they usually end disastrously). One tradition she wouldn't mind not happening is the murder mystery that seems to happen each year. Alas, she won't get her wish as a body is found washed up on the shores near the Pennyfoot - and the death was no ...more
Laura Lee
Dec 22, 2014 Laura Lee rated it liked it
Last one in the Pennyfoot series. The author trys to connect all the dots with her characters as she closes the series out. I didn't feel this last one was as good as her others so maybe good it's over. But the book has some humor and okay to read, just rather so so.
Dec 27, 2013 rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book as I have all the Pennyfoot Christmas series

Sadly, this was the last in the Pennyfoot Hotel series
Joann Williams
Nov 23, 2013 Joann Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I finish her books I always feel like I've been staying at their lovely country club. Anxious for the next one'
Dharia Scarab
Nov 05, 2016 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 st
Feb 08, 2014 Greg rated it liked it
Full review can be found at my blog

Mulled Murder by Kate Kingsbury is a Christmas themed cozy mystery set in England in the Edwardian era. It is the last of the Pennyfoot hotel mystery series, although you do not need to have read any of the previous books to enjoy this. I bought this having no idea it was part of a series, and it was no big deal. The story starts off with a body washed up on a beach outside the Pennyfoot hotel. It turns out that murders
Dec 01, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean-cozy
It’s Christmastime at the Pennyfoot Country Club and there are many preparations remaining. Cecily Sinclair Baxter is excited for the upcoming holidays but starting to get nervous that not everything will be done in time. The hotel is short-staffed and Cecily also agreed to host one of the housemaid’s wedding. Things get even worse when one of the Pennyfoot’s guests is found murdered on the beach and it’s up to Cecily to solve the crime before her nemesis Inspector Cranshaw arrives and ruins ...more
Dec 19, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
It's Christmas time at country club Pennyfoot. There's a Christmas Eve wedding, caroling in the library, and an annual production put on by owner Cecily's friend. Needless it say it's a busy and slightly chaotic time of year for this hotel! When the body of a guest washes up on shore, Cecily knows this will just add to the craziness. The man was stabbed and the name he checked in under wasn't his real name. The detective is more interested in leaving for holidays than investigating, which leaves ...more
Once Upon a Romance Reviews
Cecily is a woman before her time. I didn’t really think there were many women proprietors in the pre-WW1 era, but here she is. As unlikely as it may seem, she seems to be doing quite a fine job of running the Pennyfoot. She’s a smart woman with an unfortunate knack for finding dead bodies. And just when you think Christmas will go by with nothing unusual happening, dead bodies, flooded bathrooms and giant rats all start appearing.

This mystery really becomes two mysteries in one because we real
The last of the Pennyfoot Hotel mysteries limps the characters across the finish line. Not much of a mystery, but I would have been okay with that if there would have been a stronger story around the characters. There was great potential to see Cecily and Baxter teamed up once again to solve a murder, as they often did early in the series before they were married, but that didn't pan out. The resolution of both Harry and Lilly's mysterious identities came down to a short explanation in secret to ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Larraine rated it liked it
It's Christmas at the Pennyfoot Hotel - er Country Club now. (It's a Country Club so the "toffs" can play cards, dontcha know!) Pansy, one of the maids, is marrying Simon, who was once in the hotel's employ, but now has his own business servicing motor cars. (Did I mention these are pre WWI mysteries?) The wedding is taking place in the hotel on Christmas Eve. Cecily and her husband, Baxter, as well as staff members, are fervently hoping that the "Christmas Curse" - murder - doesn't happen this ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Fred rated it liked it
Mulled Murder is the twenty-first book in the Pennyfoot Hotel series. And to say, for me at least, this is the last book in the series.

Once again the rush is on around the Pennyfoot Country Club to get ready for the Christmas celebration. Phoebe is once again in a dither putting together yet another skit to present at the annual Christmas show. In addition, Phoebe and her husband, Col. Fortescue find the body of Gerald Evans on the beach near the hotel. They soon fined that he was in fact a gues
Nancy Bennett
Aug 17, 2015 Nancy Bennett rated it liked it
As has been mentioned in other reviews, this is the last in the series. I've enjoyed the series, but I have to be honest and say it was probably time to draw to an end. I had been hoping Baxter again was more involved in the investigation and he was to some extent, but it could have been so much more like the old days. Even the story lines of the characters weren't completely fleshed out and finished, so I was a little disappointed in that as well.

As usual, a pleasant enough read, but I don't th
Kathy Moberg
Dec 20, 2013 Kathy Moberg rated it really liked it
This may be the best of the Pennyfoot Christmas mysteries. I'm sad that Kate Kingsbury says it's the final one. Even when they're middling, they are fun holiday reads. Ah well... maybe we'll still have some more books with Cecily and Baxter one of these days. The door was left open on that. Fingers crossed.

I have one minor peeve with this installment in the long running series -- what about Daisy, the nanny to Gertie's twins? She doesn't show up once! I know she's a very minor character, but it
It's once again Christmastime at The Pennyfoot Country Club. Cecily and everyone is hoping that this year will be different and that the Christmas curse will not rear its ugly head. But alas, the curse arrives with a vengeance, two bodies and several damaged housemaids later Cecily is on the track of art thieves with the help of her husband who, until recently, did not want to get involved.

The reader will not be disappointed. This story moves a little faster than usual thus making it hard to put
Mar 19, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, donated
It was an interesting enough mystery, but I wish the author had taken more time with the mystery. It seems as though she knew it was the last of the series and didn't really try. The characters were not "in character" and the mystery felt like a sub-plot, but even the sub-plots were given nothing more than a glancing mention. It needed more work, and felt like a big let down for it to be the last visit with the gang at the Pennyfoot Hotel, uhh, Country Club.
Aug 27, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Well, the author's note at the beginning kinda bummed me out, and that pretty much set my mood for the book. While I won't give anything away, it was predictable and really wasn't anything new. We read the series because we like the characters and care about them, but the story lines have been pretty weak lately. This one was just as predictable and didn't leave me wanting more. If you're a fan of the series, read it, otherwise, just leave it.
Dec 24, 2013 Jeffrey rated it liked it
This a pleasant trifle that takes place in the Edwardian era just prior to WWI. It is just days before Christmas at the Pennyfoot Country Club on the southwest coast of England. Preparations are underway for the holiday celebration when a body washes ashore. Since the murdered victim is a guest at the country club, everyone soon becomes a suspect.

This is the 22nd and final entry in the Pennyfoot series.
Dec 19, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
This mystery is one in quite a series of the Pennnyfoot Hotel mysteries. The author says this is the final one. She's moving on. I may have to go back and read some earlier ones. There is an element of upstairs/downstairs - set in the time when motor cars and horses were vying for space on the road.
Jan 11, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas-novels
This is the final book in the Pennyfoot Hotel Christmas series, so I was really looking forward to it. But it was a bit of a disappointment. The story was a bit muddled and things seems rushed at times. It seems that Kingsbury is no longer interested in these characters, so it's probably a good thing that she's ending the series.
Carol Stanley-Snow
Sep 21, 2015 Carol Stanley-Snow rated it really liked it
I like Christmas stories. Yes, yes i do.

This story takes place at the Pennyfoot Hotel/Country club. You'll understand once you read it...anyway...anyway murder and mayhem ensue before Christmas and a big wedding reception....

There is some humor thrown in and i should mention it's a 'period piece'.

Maria Kiguthi
Mar 18, 2014 Maria Kiguthi rated it liked it
It's Christmas at the Pennyfoot so of course that means murder. This is the final book in the series so a lot of it is spent finishing some beloved characters stories at the Pennyfoot so they can move on in life. I enjoyed the book, but don't see it as a must read.
Judith Mundt
Jun 28, 2014 Judith Mundt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I look forward each year to another Christmas adventure at the Pennyfoot Hotel. I love the characters of the Pennyfoot and Kate Kingsbury always delivers a delightful mystery. Mulled Murder is no exception.
debbie crain
Jul 08, 2015 debbie crain rated it really liked it
A good ending to a great cozy series

Everything is wrapped up nice and neatly and the characters are all off to new lives. Cheers to the pennyfoot series and a happy New year!
A different approach to mystery which was a good read. Characters had depth & were creative in their thinking.
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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 ...more
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Pennyfoot Hotel (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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  • Do not Disturb (Pennyfoot Hotel #2)
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  • Eat, Drink, and Be Buried (Pennyfoot Hotel #4)
  • Check-Out Time (Pennyfoot Hotel #5)
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  • Pay the Piper (Pennyfoot Hotel #7)
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