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Make room for murder with all the trimmings... The Pennyfoot Hotel is decked out in holiday style, but when one of Cecily's candlesticks disappears, she realizes someone is lacking in Christmas spirit. Still, petty thievery seems the least of her problems when she learns a former employee has been found dead in her duck pond. He hasn't worked at the Pennyfoot in years, buMake room for murder with all the trimmings... The Pennyfoot Hotel is decked out in holiday style, but when one of Cecily's candlesticks disappears, she realizes someone is lacking in Christmas spirit. Still, petty thievery seems the least of her problems when she learns a former employee has been found dead in her duck pond. He hasn't worked at the Pennyfoot in years, but his ex-wife is still their head maid-and now she heads the naughty list of suspects....

Title : Decked with Folly
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ISBN : 9780425230015
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Decked with Folly Reviews

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-28 21:07

    Totally enjoyed this one more than any other book in the Pennyfoot series. Lots more action, more time spent wondering who could have been the murderer. AT this point it would seem obvious that the Pennyfoot or perhaps its occupants are cursed, especially around Christmas. It all works perfectly however, in keeping you involved in the stories each holiday season. No matter how many I read, I cant wait to read the next in line.I highly recommend this one. It picks up a year later from the last book(of course) and the story continues. There is plenty of character development, but I still think you could pick this book up without having read any previous one and enjoy it just as much as a diehard fan.

  • Ana Kurland
    2019-03-07 18:19

    Cecily is glad the Pennyfoot Hotel is now a Country Club, so there will not be any more problems with the Constable about card games. Christmas is just a few days away, but before Cecily can get in the holiday mood, a former employee turns up dead in the nearby duck pond. Cecily believes there's a curse. Can the murderer be found before Father Christmas arrive?Downton Abbey fans should enjoy this series. The mystery was not very complicated, but I enjoyed the upstairs/downstairs stories and the details of running a hotel in that era.

  • Diane U
    2019-03-07 15:58

    It's Christmas time at Pennyfoot. Will this be the year with no problems? I doubt it! There's another holiday murder at the country club but this time it is a former employee who is the father of another's employees children. Who has a reason to kill Ian? Thankfully, the constable had to leave to spend time with his family for the holiday so Cecily has taken it upon herself to solve the mystery.I read this book for my neighborhood book club. It was very interesting to me. We wanted to read a nice and easy book since everyone was so busy preparing for the holidays. This is the fifth holiday Pennyfoot mystery book. I may go back and read some more of them soon.

  • Lorraine
    2019-03-19 18:07

    Kate Kingsbury's Decked with Folly celebrates another Christmas in Badgers End. Mrs. Baxter must solve another murder, but this one could put Mrs. Baxter's head housemaid, Gertie, behind bars as Christmas arrives. Luckily, Mrs. Baxter puts all of the pieces of the murder puzzle together so the real murderer goes to jail, and Gertie can spend Christmas with the twins, her children. I felt that this Christmas holiday mystery was not quite as dazzling as the others I have read, but it was fun to be at The Pennyfoot again.

  • Nathalie
    2019-03-11 20:12

    The beginning was a bit slow, but after that it was a great read! Loved every minute of it.

  • An Odd1
    2019-03-18 21:01

    Edwardian England holiday decoration candlestick bashes bigamist Ian Rossiter, after drunkenly threatening his twins' mother Gertie, designating her prime suspect. Incompetent local constable allows house arrest until the New Year for country-club owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter to save her chief housemaid. New hires are self-proclaimed Casanova, footman Sidney Barrett, wimpy incompetent Mabel, and odd guest is obviously fake patent-nostrum peddlar Archie Parker. The latter claims to be a private detective, but Ceci doesn't ask for identification, so he could just as likely be a member of the London jewel theft gang he claims to trace. Other characters are distractions, soap opera carry-overs. Maybe Baxter was major, love interest previously, now smokes a pipe, lets wife run around with no help, minimal chiding. Inviting Gloria, Ian's (first) wife to free room and food has to cause trouble, Ceci's excuses are feeble, how can she "hope" for no "more trouble" p87? Gertie whines overlong about boyfriend Dan, rich walnut dashboard and leather seat 16 mph downhill Austin p101 and multiple butcher-shop owner, wishing for marriage commitment and ignoring protective maintenance worker Clive building children's tree-house in rainy cold dark. Are addled Colonel Frederick Fortescue and screechy flibberty wife Phoebe, unable to control performers in pantomime, (supposed to be) comic relief thread continuous in series? Her "wide-brimmed hat, loaded with pink ostrich feathers, blue ribbons, and purple grapes" p129 wobbling precariously? (Reminds me of Gail Carriger series milliner.)Why are clues ignored, not put together until last minute chase, helter-skelter without backup? Cook Mrs Chubb misses her wedding ring from window ledge, Lady Roslyn dress-up jewels from her room. Second housemaid Pansy points out that Barrett knows Ian's name when he claimed he didn't p236. When toddler James shushes sister Lillian blurting about spying elf who left gift p111, 252, of course they saw the villain plant the weapon under Gertie's bed. Gertie does not tell Ceci about someone re-arranging clothes p119, truth dragged out in bib-bob dribbles. Ceci questions everyone, yet annoyingly, repeatedly, insists the investigation be left to absent useless policeman. She doesn't leave a note for her husband, pushes coachman Samuel head-first into a heavy frypan, and seems to make him drive back from town while suffering from concussion. (view spoiler)[Finally Cece thinks to coax twins to identify Barrett. What if Ian had never showed Gloria the box of stolen jewels? Why would Barrett reveal location of sparklies stolen by Mabel from Lady Roslyn and cook Mrs Chubb?(hide spoiler)] Ending disappoints when Clive melts away during carolling, letting Gertie and Dan kiss "Happy Christmas, love" p294, single statuses unchanged. Plot threads seem to snarl together into a final knot, not fully satisfactory, but does feel as if vacationing in homey comfortable pubs like long-running 11-years American TV "Cheers" and still-running 25+ years highly rated UK soap-opera "EastEnders".

  • Drebbles
    2019-02-25 16:53

    Cecily Sinclair Baxter loves celebrating Christmas at the Pennyfoot except for one thing - the Christmas Curse that seems to happen each year. She's hoping this Christmas will finally be murder free but her hopes are quickly dashed when the body of a former employee is found in the duck pond. The local constable is convinced one of Cecily's staff is responsible for the murder but agrees to hold off arresting anyone until after Christmas. Cecily must rush to not only prove her staff member is innocent but catch a killer before it is too late."Decked with Folly" is the latest holiday book in Kate Kingsbury's delightful cozy mystery series set at the Pennyfoot - an annual Christmas gift to her fans. The setting is a familiar one for her fans and the mystery is a bit lightweight - the constable all too conveniently disappears so Cecily can solve the crime herself and it is pretty easy to figure out who the killer - but Kingsbury fans will want to read this book (and the other books in the series) not for the mystery but to revisit favorite characters. All of them are here: Cecily and her beloved husband Baxter, her unconventional friend Madeline and Madeline's husband Kevin, her friend Phoebe (who isn't in the book as much as one would like - even her annual Christmas pageant is poorly treated), her household staff - Mrs. Chubb, Gertie, Pansy, and temperamental chef Michel. The book focuses mostly on Cecily and Gertie, alternating between the two of them - readers may want to shake Gertie and tell her to straighten out her tangled love life for once and for all, but that's the beauty of this series - Kingsbury has created characters that you care about and feel like family.Fans of cozy mysteries will love "Decked with Folly" and spending the holidays at the Pennyfoot - I look forward to visiting there again next Christmas.

  • Julie
    2019-03-12 19:55

    It wouldn't be Christmas at the Pennyfoot without a dead body and mysterious doings. Several days before Christmas a body is found in the duck pond and the head housemaid is the chief suspect. Cecily is determined to clear Gertie's name and find the real murderer in time to enjoy the holiday. Then jewelry starts to disappear. Could there be more than one criminal on the prowl? This is an enjoyable Christmas mystery, filled with holiday atmosphere. It was fairly easy to spot the evil-doer, but it was still fun watching Cecily work it out for herself. The pace did drag a bit at times. I have to admit that I find Cecily's husband, Baxter, a rather unlikable character, and the doctor, Kevin, isn't much better. That's true for me throughout the series so far though, and not just in this book. I keep hoping to find them more likable and that just hasn't happened yet. However, the other characters more than make up for any faults of Baxter and Kevin, and I return for more Pennyfoot each Christmas.

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-02-19 18:06

    This is the Christmas edition of the Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series. A previous employee of the Pennyfoot, Ian, has been found dead in the pond on the property. There are a lot of suspects. Was it Gertie, the young mother who had married Ian and gotten pregnant with twins before finding out that he already had a wife. Ian had already tried to take one of the twins back to London with him and he showed up at the Pennyfoot again? Was it Clive, the employee that seems to have a silent crush on Gertie and often comes to her rescue? What about the strange guest, who always seems to know what is going on and constantly asking questions or the new footman who is always flirting and seems to be skulking around? And now it seems someone is stealing jewellery. Will Cecily solve the mystery and get Gertie off the hook? Will the countess get her jewellery back? My first book from this series and this author and I did enjoy it. A light cozy mystery.

  • Chris
    2019-03-11 17:08

    Entertaining holiday cozy mystery set in the quaint Pennyfoot Hotel on the southeast coast of England. Manager Cecily Baxter hopes for a murder-free Christmas but, alas, the curse continues when a body is discovered in the duck pond. Cecily tries to simultaneously investigate, protect her staff, appease her husband, and run a country club. Suspects abound and, though the culprit is not much of a surprise, fun characters and upstairs/downstairs relations provide a light mystery, perfect for the holidays. 5th in a series.

  • Ladysatel
    2019-03-02 15:06

    The manager of The Pennyfoot Hotel dreads Christmas time, because every year something bad has happened at the hotel. This year is no exception when an ex-employee of the hotel is found dead in the duck pond.At first it seems to be an accident, but on further investigation proves to be murder. The Manager does not wish to disturb the residents and so begins an investigation to find the culprit. The more she foind out the more suspicion falls on her housemaid, who she is convinced could not havecommitted a murder.A delightful cozy mystery by the author Kate Kingsbury.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-09 19:12

    Not a bad cozy mystery. I like the idea of a hotel setting although I think the author could have done a little more in terms of the plot. Would have liked a little more action - most of the time Cecily was just questioning everyone who was suspect. Did like the holiday theme and it does work well at the Pennyfoot Hotel. Also liked the setting and period - England post-Victorian era just after the turn of the century. A nice holiday read.

  • Caroline
    2019-02-27 18:53

    I'm not typically into historicals except for a few series and had never read any of these before but the Christmas season inspired me so I got this book. It was good and I like the setting. I'm not certain I like the couples in the book, Cecily and Baxter and the Dr. and his wife. Maybe I'd understand better if I'd read the series and seen character development. As it is, I just didn't think they were that great as couples. But overall, it was a good read.

  • Lucy Janowiecki
    2019-03-17 20:18

    The Pennyfoot Hotel series is an easy-read mixture of historical fiction and mystery. The setting is Christmas time in post-victorian England - a setting which allows me to escape the 21st century and its heat. This series is unnumbered, but is best read beginning with No Clue At the Inn...Brought me to the conclusion with 2 possible suspects left.

  • Christy
    2019-02-19 16:07

    I really love these Pennyfoot mysteries. They are full of great characters and mystery that keeps you guessing. I love the time period in which the books take place. Christmas cozy mysteries are great, and Kate Kingsbury's are some of the best!

  • Nancy H
    2019-03-03 20:55

    I very much enjoy these Pennyfoot Hotel mysteries because I enjoy the time period (just after turn-of-the-20th-century)and the setting (rural England). The characters are also well done, and although I can usually figure out who the culprit is, these books are still fun to read.

  • Sherry Sharpnack
    2019-03-03 13:20

    A little mystery for Christmastime, but I'm left wondering how Cecily's hotel runs itself, b/c she's spending time solving murders? And how can the head maid go w/ her for the climax? Who got dinner on the table for the paying guests? Those are the real mysteries to me.

  • Nancy Bennett
    2019-03-01 17:09

    This book was okay, but it seemed to be lacking .... something. Maybe because Baxter has been regulated to a peripheral character. Or maybe because it just seemed out of focus, with too many side plots that ended up going nowhere. I'm not sure; it just left me feeling "eh".

  • JessicaSinn (Books and Trouble)
    2019-02-27 14:53

    If you're looking for a classic whodunnit that'll get you in the Christmas spirit - this one's for you. Decked with Folly is my first Pennyfoot mystery, and it certainly will not be my last! Check out my review here:

  • Grey853
    2019-02-22 12:50

    This is one of the better Pennyfoot mysteries. I liked how Gertie came across as a main character rather than a secondary one. I normally don't like it when a writer switches point of view, but it works for this series.

  • Ebh1948 Hagerty
    2019-02-28 15:16

    Picked this book up by mistake at the library and I'm really glad I did. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  • Jenny Dudley
    2019-03-15 18:06

    Didn't finish the book. Too boring!

  • Danni
    2019-02-23 13:09

    I really liked this book. It was fun. I guess I will be looking for more books by this author. This is the first one that I have ever read.

  • Sheila
    2019-02-27 20:15

    review is coming on my blog soon

  • Cathy
    2019-03-12 21:18

    Fun who dun it!

  • Susan Ginger
    2019-03-07 15:04

    Kate Kingsbury is one of my favorite current mystery authors. I've enjoyed all the Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries I've read, and I'm keeping an eye out for the books I'm missing in the series.

  • Vicki
    2019-03-11 14:53

    Such a fun easy read with a holiday theme. The series is perfect for reading during December when you are busy with holiday activities, it's a quick read but entertaining.

  • Lynn
    2019-03-05 15:05

    Enjoyable adventure with the gang at the Pennyfoot.

  • Veronica
    2019-02-21 15:12

    I always enjoy Kingsbury's series, I'm on to the next one!

  • Barbara James-Richardson
    2019-03-13 15:20

    Cecily Baxter is a detective in Victorian age. She found who kill Ian Rossiter and the thief at the country club (Pennyfoot Hotel). I have readed almost all of the series, they are very enjoyable.