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Kingsbury, Kate

Works: 55 works in 328 publications in 1 language and 11,939 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Christmas stories  Christmas fiction  History  Historical fiction  Ghost stories  Paranormal fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3561.I4815, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Kate Kingsbury
Most widely held works by Kate Kingsbury
Ringing in murder by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the midst of her preparations for a festive holiday celebration at the Pennyfoot Hotel and her friend Madeline's upcoming wedding, Cecily Sinclair Baxter must turn sleuth when a mysterious fire breaks out in a upstairs room, killing two guests, and Cecily's only clue is a pair of missing Christmas crackers
Dead and breakfast by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

14 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melanie West and her grandmother Liza buy a purportedly haunted mansion with plans to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast, but they find a very real skeleton in their closet. In addition to dealing with the police, their own amateur investigation, the closed-mouthed town, their renovation, and a friendly ghost playing tricks, they find a new body that looks chillingly similar to Melanie herself. It's up to Melanie and Liza to get to the bottom of these murders to save their business and their lives. --
Slay bells by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During a holiday party at the Pennyfoot Hotel during which the children of Badger's End can meet with Father Christmas, the man playing the role of St. Nicholas turns up dead, along with one of his helpers, and Cecily Sinclair Baxter, suspicious about the police version of the crime, undertakes her own investigation into the killing
No clue at the inn by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Pennyfoot hotel mystery
Shrouds of holly by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hotel proprietor Cecily Sinclair Baxter's holiday season becomes even more frantic when she sends her husband, Baxter, and stable manager, Samuel, into the woods to cut holly to decorate the ballroom of the Pennyfoot Hotel in Badger's End, England, and their coach returns an hour later with the horse, the holly, and the dead body of the newly wealthy Gavin Hargrove--and no sign of Baxter or Sam
Decked with folly by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's the holiday season and the Pennyfoot staff is brimming with anticipation. But when a former employee is found dead, the proprietor, Cecily, starts feeling more jinxed than jolly
Doom with a view : a Merry Ghost Inn mystery by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

12 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the arrival of six senior reading group members at the Merry Ghost Inn, the long-awaited grand opening week has finally begun for Melanie West and her grandmother Liza. All is well with the Oregon coast-side B&B until Melanie's dog, Max, finds the dead body of one of their guests. Everyone at the inn immediately falls under suspicion, including the innkeepers themselves
Mistletoe and mayhem by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a footman and a new maid are seen kissing under the bough and then turn up dead afterwards, the downstairs staff at the Pennyfoot Hotel is convinced a serial killer is among them ... perhaps the mysterious guest known only as J. Mortimer. It's up to Cecily Sinclair Baxter and her staff to discover the murderer
Herald of death by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christmas Angel is a welcome sight during the winter season--but not this year. A killer is afoot in Badger's End, cutting a lock of hair from his victims and sticking a gold angel on their foreheads. Cecily Sinclair Baxter already promised her husband that she'd take a hiatus from sleuthing. But three killings have created a blizzard of bad publicity--and guests are canceling their hotel reservations. She will have to find the angel of death before he strikes again, leaving murder under the tree
Berried alive by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In World War II England, the quiet village of Sitting Marsh becomes the site of the mysterious poisoning of 4 red-haired American servicemen. Now Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton, the lady of Manor House, must root out who's behind the murders -- and why -- before another soldier succumbs
Wedding rows by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The townspeople of Sitting Marsh finally have a reason to celebrate as wedding preparations begin for a local couple, but when the blessed day ends in murder, Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton, the lady of Manor House, is on the case. Original
The clue is in the pudding by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 offer on short notice during this busy time of year. But they have someone--Beatrice Tucker--who turns out to be more of a curse. She fights with just about everyone, including Archibald Armitage. Star of the London stage, Armitage is staying at the Pennyfoot this holiday season. His presence turns out to be a blessing after he rescues the stable manager's dog from drowning in the icy duck pond. But not everyone in Badgers End is a fan of the actor ... When Armitage drops dead after Beatrice serves him some plum pudding, everyone assumes the huffy housekeeper is the culprit. But as Cecily begins to investigate, the list of suspects grows, and solving this case may not be as easy as pie ... or pudding"--
Mulled murder by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 stocking. But as Cecily scrambles to hire and train new staff in time for the holidays, one of her guests is beyond help. Gerald Evans is found stabbed to death on the beach, and Cecily soon discovers he was a private investigator from London looking into dark doings involving the Pennyfoot. Who among the staff or guests was being pursued, and what secret drove that person to cold-blooded murder?"--
Be our ghost by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If bed-and-breakfast owners Melanie and Liza, along with their laughing ghost tenant, can't find a real estate developer's killer, their own estate will end up with their next of kin. The Merry Ghost Inn is well and truly open for business. Melanie West, her grandmother, Liza, and their beloved sheepdog/wolfhound mix, Max, are rapidly getting the hang of running their charming bed-and-breakfast inn on the rocky Oregon coast. Not that business goes without a hitch--when your hostelry boasts its own laughing resident ghost, you'd better be expect the out-of-the-ordinary. But Melanie and Liza take it all in stride ... until a hotshot real estate developer arrives in Sully's Landing, touting his plans to build a tacky amusement arcade smack dab in the middle of the tasteful cliff-side town. No one in Sully's Landing can stand the gaudy developer, but it's still a shock when he ends up murdered. It's even more shocking when Liza's friend, Doug, emerges as the chief suspect. Melanie and Liza put on their sleuthing caps yet again and set out to clear Doug's name. They nearly check into accommodations six feet under when, en route to the crime scene, their brakes give out and they narrowly miss plunging over the cliffs to the beach below. Meanwhile, the merry ghost who haunts the inn tries to help by dropping clues for Melanie to find, but her mind is otherwise preoccupied when the killer kidnaps Liza and holds her prisoner"--Provided by publisher
Fire when ready by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is no evidence that Sitting Marsh's munitions factory had been bombed by the Luftwaffe, so it is up to Lady Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton to discern who in the sleepy little community sabotaged the plant and killed the owner. Original
A merry murder by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

5 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is an Edwardian Christmas, and the Pennyfoot Hotel is all dressed up. But when one of the guests turns up dead, owner Cecily Sinclair Baxter realizes it is not only the Pennyfoot that is back in business--the hotel's Christmas curse is, too... The Pennyfoot halls are decked with boughs of holly, a magnificently decorated tree graces the lobby, and the hotel's bookings are finally looking up. Owner of the Pennyfoot, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is in high holiday spirits until disaster strikes, threatening to ruin yet another Yuletide. Her chief housemaid Gertie McBride has found a man's body in the hotel laundry room--with a woman's scarf wrapped around his neck and a note in his pocket from the hotel's new maid. Cecily is determined to track down the culprit, but with multiple suspects icing her out of crucial clues, she realizes this killer may be more slippery than most. With Christmas right around the corner, it is up to Cecily to prevent this holiday season at the Pennyfoot from turning out more fatal than festive"--
An unmentionable murder by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mystery centers around the death of a not very likable man, Clyde Morgan, who, as usual, Lady Elizabeth finds reason to believe died of foul play rather than the suicide the local police are ready to write it off as. In addition, there's the sub-storyline of who's been stealing the ladies' underwear off the clotheslines around the village, Elizabeth's ongoing romance with an American Air Corp Major, and a mystery surrounding Martin, Elizabeth's sometimes senile butler
Death is in the air by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the height of World War II, the quiet English village of Sitting Marsh is thrown into turmoil by the murder of a local girl, a killing in which an escaped German pilot becomes the prime suspect, but local matriarch Elizabeth Hartleigh-Compton begins to suspect that something far more sinister is going on. Original
An unmentionable murder by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Major Earl Monroe flies over Germany and occupied France, Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton, working to track down Martin, the elderly butler, and several pairs of ladies' undergarments, must convince the police that foul-tempered Clyde Morgan's death was not suicide, but murder
A bicycle built for murder by Kate Kingsbury( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth Hartleigh Compton, lady of the Manor House in the quiet village of Sitting Marsh in World War II England, has a wealth of suspects to choose from when she sets out to investigate the death of a boy-crazy teenager
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Alternative Names

controlled identityKingsley, Allison

controlled identityRoberts, Doreen, 1934-

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