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Mulled Murder

(Pennyfoot Hotel #21)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  58 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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Jennifer Brown
I almost made it through the year with only 1 book that I couldn't finish...then I picked up this one. It's our book club book so I didn't bother to look it up. I didn't know it was a historical mystery until after starting it. I'm not a huge fan of them anymore, but I do still read them. With this one, however, I couldn't finish it. The main characters (or the ones that I was introduced to) were annoying. She purposely tried to hide evidence from the constable?? Also, I couldn't grasp the wordi ...more
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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 Chri ...more
Nov 13, 2015 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 th ...more
Dec 21, 2015 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
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, christmas, cozy
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 Carter ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am so sad to be at the end of this series. I have been reading one of these Christmas at the Pennyfoot books every year and it has become a part of my holiday traditions. The setting is so cozy and I love the fact that it takes place in such a interesting time in the past. Things like motorcars are new all the rage (though some people are still wary). These characters are ingrained in my heart and I will always think about them around Christmastime.
I think this was a good series wrap-up book.
Nov 19, 2013 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 acc ...more
Laura Lee
Dec 22, 2014 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.
Sep 10, 2012 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
Oct 30, 2013 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'
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-group-books
I didn’t realize that cozy mysteries could also be historical ones so I was surprised when I started this one. But I caught on quickly & realized it’s Edwardian England era.

I thought that was a nice spin on the typical cozy story.

Since this is the first one in this series I wasn’t lost in a sea of people. I was able to remember & understand who everyone was.
Also, I thought it was written in a simplified style. (i.e. not a lot of historical factual detail taking up pages of descriptions)
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty good cozy mystery...the Pennyfoot Hotel's preparations for the busy holiday season are already being compromised by a lack of staff, when news comes that one of their guests has been murdered at a local beach. Cecily Sinclair Baxter, hotel proprietess, quickly ascertains that the deceased was a private investigator, looking into mysterious and definitely illegal activities at the Pennyfoot. Armed with a hunch and her righteous indignation, Cecily investigates...
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, christmas
I liked this better than most in the series because for a change Baxter was his old friendly loving self again. Very .move feel of Christmas. Perhaps a few too many new characters roaming about. Felt like the end was nicely wrapped
Jean Hall
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book as I have others in the series. Unfortunately, I found out that this will be the last one of this series. So now I want to check and see if I missed any of the others.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun murder mystery set in England about a hundred years ago, I'm guessing.
Michael Brown
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-reading
Not a big fan of this series. Occasional reads are about all I can do.
Feb 08, 2014 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 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 Pan ...more
Dec 19, 2014 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
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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
Kristi | Hidden Staircase |
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 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 07, 2014 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
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the first of the Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries I've read...and obviously number 22 in the series. I was just looking for another holiday cozy murder mystery at the bookstore and this one jumped out at me.

One, I loved the whole Upstairs/Downstairs - Downton Abbey feel to it. I kind of envisioned Cecily as a Cora type woman. When the murder happened, I loved how her husband was like, 'ok, I know you're going to investigate this murder, so let's do it together'. And I loved how Cecily took it
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sadly this is the last book in the Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery series... and I'd actually rate it about a 3 1/2, but as you can't do 1/2 measures here, I gave it a 4 instead.

Ms Kingsbury is typing up some of the loose ends of some of her characters, but still leaves some hanging... Yes, there is a murder, but the "gusto" that has been in the prior books of this series seems to be lacking; whether it's due to being the last book or something else, I can't say. If you've read the series, then you'll w
Dharia Scarab
Nov 05, 2016 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
Nancy Bennett
May 04, 2014 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 13, 2013 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
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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 at the time) she published 26 romance novels for Harlequin/Silhouett ...more

Other books in the series

Pennyfoot Hotel (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Room with a Clue (Pennyfoot Hotel #1)
  • Do not Disturb (Pennyfoot Hotel #2)
  • Service for Two (Pennyfoot Hotel #3)
  • Eat, Drink, and Be Buried (Pennyfoot Hotel #4)
  • Check-Out Time (Pennyfoot Hotel #5)
  • Grounds for Murder (Pennyfoot Hotel #6)
  • Pay the Piper (Pennyfoot Hotel #7)
  • Chivalry is Dead (Pennyfoot Hotel #8)
  • Ring for Tomb Service (Pennyfoot Hotel #9)
  • Death with Reservations (Pennyfoot Hotel #10)