Laura just posted a comment (Thank you, Laura!) for my last entry that reminds me a lot of what I am doing:
“Danna: It’s already on your Christmas cozy list, but I just finished Emilie Richards, “Let There Be Suspects” and really enjoyed it. I have to read my Christmas books now, because I usually don’t have time when the holidays roll around!”
Isn’t that the truth! With all of the hustle and bustle associated with the time of year we are approaching, I have to admit that I do the same thing. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa (and there are probably more I’m not listing…) we are quickly nearing a time when family, memories, and/or activities may put our mystery book reading on the back burner.
I just started my new holiday mystery book and am really enjoying it. (Just started it… as in page 35… really just starting it!) You may think that it is a Thanksgiving mystery book, but I’m with Laura>>> It’s the first of the Special Christmas Pennyfoot Mystery Series: No Clue at the Inn by Kate Kingsbury.
I decided to take a (very short) break from my current favorite mystery book authors and try someone new (to me) and I do believe that Kate Kingsbury was a very good choice to get me started on my holiday mystery book reading.
I know that I have said MANY, MANY times before that I never start a series in the middle, but this time I took a chance since I thought the Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Series had actually been “wrapped up” (Do they say “that’s a wrap” only for movies?!?) I hoped that I would be able to start the Special Pennyfoot Hotel mystery series (or should that be Pennyfoot Country Club mystery series?) at book 13, which as it has turned out, is book #1 of a “new” Pennyfoot Mystery Series… thus the “Special” >>>
I have been very pleased with what Kingsbury (aka Rebecca Kent and Doreen Roberts) does at the beginning of the book. She has gives the reader an introduction (of sorts) to the characters… supplying who they are and what roles they played in the “regular” Pennyfoot mystery books. But, be forewarned… there will be “spoilers” for those of you who plan on reading the “regular” series any time soon…
Lucky for me, when I finally start reading the series from its beginning, my memory, being what it is, won’t serve me well… and while the characters may seem familiar to me, that will only be “vaguely familiar”>>> Even if I start reading the Pennyfoot Hotel “regular” books next year at this same time!