Kate Kingsbury is an English author that writes cozy mystery novels some of which are historical in nature. She has produced fiction under the ‘Rebecca Kent’, ‘Doreen Roberts’, and ‘Allison Kingsley pen names.
Order of Manor House Mysteries Series
|1||A Bicycle Built for Murder||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||Death is in the Air||2001||Description / Buy|
|3||Dig Deep for Murder||2002||Description / Buy|
|4||For Whom Death Tolls||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||Paint by Murder||2003||Description / Buy|
|6||Berried Alive||2004||Description / Buy|
|7||Fire When Ready||2004||Description / Buy|
|8||Wedding Rows||2006||Description / Buy|
|9||An Unmentionable Murder||2006||Description / Buy|
Order of Merry Ghost Inn Series
|1||Dead and Breakfast||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||Doom with a View||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||Be Our Ghost||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Pennyfoot Hotel Series
|1||Room with a Clue (Short Story)||1993||Description / Buy|
|2||Do not Disturb||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||Service for Two||1994||Description / Buy|
|4||Eat, Drink, and Be Buried||1994||Description / Buy|
|5||Check-Out Time||1995||Description / Buy|
|6||Grounds for Murder||1995||Description / Buy|
|7||Pay the Piper (Short Story)||1996||Description / Buy|
|8||Ring for Tomb Service||1997||Description / Buy|
|9||Death with Reservations||1998||Description / Buy|
|10||Dying Room Only||1998||Description / Buy|
|11||Maid to Murder||1999||Description / Buy|
|12||No Clue at the Inn||2003||Description / Buy|
|13||Slay Bells||2006||Description / Buy|
|14||Shrouds of Holly||2007||Description / Buy|
|15||Ringing in Murder||2008||Description / Buy|
|16||Decked with Folly||2009||Description / Buy|
|17||Mistletoe and Mayhem||2010||Description / Buy|
|18||Herald of Death||2011||Description / Buy|
|19||The Clue is in the Pudding||2012||Description / Buy|
|20||Chivalry is Dead||2013||Description / Buy|
|21||Mulled Murder||2013||Description / Buy|
|22||A Perilous Promise (Short Story)||2016||Description / Buy|
|23||A Merry Murder||2019||Description / Buy|
Kate’s childhood began disastrously. She was born early enough to witness the London Blitz of the Second World War. The author remembers huddling on long wooden benches out in the cold with other children.
They would listen as enemy planes flew overhead, waiting for the inevitable blast of the bombs hitting their targets. Those days were harrowing but also joyful. Kate Kingsbury learned early on that she could tell stories.
She made it her business to transport the imaginations of the children around her to magical settings that were free of the horror that was assaulting London. And her young audience loved every word that came out of her mouth.
By the time she was 8, the author had already taken her first steps towards a publishing career. She wrote a letter that a National Paper published. However, as much pride as that accomplishment gave her, it would take Kate several more decades to write and publish her first novel.
The next several years of her life were quite busy. She did some accounting work, managed an office, even working as a receptionist and an executive secretary at one point.
Her decision to move to the United States was life-altering. Of course, she had plenty of noteworthy memories from England. After all, she had once received the pleasure of testing her skills on the first prototype computer.
Though, Kate Kingsbury wouldn’t have called it a pleasure. She couldn’t get any work done because of how loud the massive machine tended to be. Her time on stage was far more interesting.
She would have loved to pursue her act even further. But the move to the US altered her plans. Kate never bemoaned the change, not when it was ultimately responsible for igniting her writing career.
It all began in 1968. That was the year her son was born, a development that kept Kate at home for several months. During that time, she wrote a few stories, making submissions along the way, slowly growing her confidence and eventually landing her first sale.
Kate is thankful for the invention of the computer. Her first book was written on a typewriter but she had a much easier time putting her manuscripts together once she got a computer.
It was also through the computer that the author found love. She wasn’t quite sure what she was expected to do when her marriage of three decades came apart. But then her computer introduced the novelist to the concept of chat rooms through which she made new friends and found a new partner.
The fact that Kate was already five decades old when she published her first novel did not keep her from finding quick success. In fact, she went on to churn out several dozen mystery and romance novels over a relatively short period of time.
Best Kate Kingsbury Books
Kate has received a lot of praise from readers who love the fact that her cozy mysteries have more mystery than romance which is rarely the case with the genre, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:
Room with a Clue: Cecily owns Pennyfoot, a seaside hotel in Edwardian England that attracts the rich and the wealthy. People come to Cecily’s establishment for privacy, and Cecily is more than happy to let them have their discreet fun.
When Lady Eleanor, a vindictive woman, falls to her death before she can make trouble, all eyes turn to her husband, a man who was poor before he married Eleanor.
But Cecily isn’t convinced of the man’s guilt. More importantly, she needs to get to the bottom of the murder before the scandal ruins the reputation of her hotel.
Dead and Breakfast: Melanie and her grandmother Liza are looking to open a B&B. Melanie is determined to put her messy divorce behind her, so she is grateful for the distraction.
When the pair acquires a supposedly haunted mansion, they are shocked to find a skeleton in a closet. The police think the remains might belong to the woman who previously owned the establishment.
But no one in town wants to talk about her. This becomes a problem for Melanie and Liza who have drawn the attention of a friendly ghost.
When Does The Next Kate Kingsbury book come out?
Kate Kingsbury doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Merry Murder and was released on October, 1st 2019. It is the newest book in the Pennyfoot Hotel Series.