Penguin Putnam Cecily Sinclair Baxter hosts a holiday party at the Pennyfoot Hotel where the children of Badger's End can meet Father Christmas. Unfortunately, the jolly old man is found dead along with one of his helpers.
The role of St. Nicholas had previously been played by a notorious village drunkard, and the police believe the two men killed each other. But Cecily has her doubts, as the murder weapon was never recovered. And since no one has left the hotel since the crime, she's making a list of suspects-and checking it twice.
Baker & Taylor 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. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer In the spirit of the season, Cecily Sinclair Baxter opens the doors of the Pennyfoot Hotel to host a holiday party where the children of Badgers End can meet Father Christmas. Unfortunately, the jolly old man fails to appear. Worse still, instead of a sack full of toys, he's left behind one of his helpers - a dead footman, who's apparently fallen off the roof. The footman was in the service of Sid Porter, a notorious village drunkard who assumed the role of St. Nicholas when the first choice fell ill. All suspect Sid was involved in the footman's death - until his Father Christmas-clothed corpse is found with a knife wound in his chest. What appears to be an open and shut case - the footman stabbed Sid before tumbling off the roof - bothers Cecily, though, because the murder weapon was never recovered. And since no one has left the hotel since the crime, she's making a list of suspects and checking it twice.