The kitchen staff of the Pennyfoot Hotel is toiling away to prepare the finest meal for the guests on Christmas. And the plum pudding may very well be to die for Cecily Sinclair Baxter could use a Christmas miracle. Mrs. Chubb, the Pennyfoot s housekeeper, must travel up rth for a family emergency, and Cecily needs a temporary replacement. The agency doesn t have much to offer on short tice 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 t 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 t be as easy as pie or pudding.
Kate Kingsbury is a pseudonym for a full-time writer who has authored twenty books in the Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery series.