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Book Title: Death with Reservations|
The author of the book: Kate Kingsbury
ISBN 13: 9780425161449
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 338 KB
Date of issue: January 1st 1998
Read full description of the books Death with Reservations:This is the 10th entry in the Pennyfoot Hotel series. It’s September 1910 and Baxter has returned to the Pennyfoot as part owner/manager of the hotel and as Cecily’s suitor.
One of the guests, Lord Sittingdon, a London prosecutor and judge, dies of food poisoning one day after Baxter returns. There are several people in the hotel, guests and staff alike, who have very good reason to rejoice in his death. Cecily feels she must investigate because they (Baxter and Cecily) can be charged with the death because they provided the food that was poisoned and the hotel would be shut down as a result.
All this happens in the first few pages of the book and the rest of the cozy mystery is involved with three things:
(1) Determining the identity of the murderer (you spot the definitive clue very easily in this book);
(2) Updating and expanding the social changes of the post-Victorian era, particularly involving suffragette issues but also involving abortion issues and basic women’s right to business and social access; and
(3) Progressing the relationship between Cecily and Baxter.
The writing style is smooth, the editing is accurate and the dialog is spot-on based on experience with writers who actually lived in that time period. Also, the upstairs-downstairs tableaux feel historically accurate.
This is a fine book, good for the mind and soul after a hard day, and I look forward to the next in the series.
Read information about the authorKate 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 her first Pennyfoot Hotel book was published and since then Kate has written 35 mysteries, including the Manor House mysteries, the Bellehaven House mysteries(written as Rebecca Kent) and the Raven's Nest mysteries, (written as Allison Kingsley.) She has one son, and lives with her husband in the beautiful state of Oregon.
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