Kate Kingsbury Books

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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 Pennyfoot Hotel Mysteries Series

1Room with a Clue (Short Story) 1993Description / Buy
2Do Not Disturb 1994Description / Buy
3Service for Two 1994Description / Buy
4Eat, Drink, and Be Buried 1994Description / Buy
5Check-Out Time 1995Description / Buy
6Grounds for Murder 1995Description / Buy
7Pay the Piper (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
8Chivalry is Dead 1996Description / Buy
9Ring for Tomb Service 1997Description / Buy
10Death with Reservations 1998Description / Buy
11Dying Room Only 1998Description / Buy
12Maid to Murder 1999Description / Buy
13No Clue at the Inn 2003Description / Buy
14Slay Bells 2006Description / Buy
15Shrouds of Holly 2007Description / Buy
16Ringing in Murder 2008Description / Buy
17Decked with Folly 2009Description / Buy
18Mistletoe and Mayhem 2010Description / Buy
19Herald of Death 2011Description / Buy
20The Clue is in the Pudding 2012Description / Buy
21Mulled Murder 2013Description / Buy
22A Perilous Promise (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
23A Merry Murder 2019Description / Buy

Order of Try To Remember Series as Doreen Roberts

1The Mercenary and the Marriage Vow 1998Description / Buy

Order of Rodeo Men Series as Doreen Roberts

1The Maverick's Bride 1999Description / Buy
2Home is Where the Cowboy Is 1999Description / Buy
3A Forever Kind of Cowboy 1999Description / Buy

Order of He's My Hero Series as Doreen Roberts

1The Marriage Beat 1999Description / Buy

Order of Manor House Mysteries Series

1A Bicycle Built for Murder 2001Description / Buy
2Death is in the Air 2001Description / Buy
3For Whom Death Tolls 2002Description / Buy
4Dig Deep for Murder 2002Description / Buy
5Paint by Murder 2003Description / Buy
6Berried Alive 2004Description / Buy
7Fire When Ready 2004Description / Buy
8Wedding Rows 2006Description / Buy
9An Unmentionable Murder 2006Description / Buy

Order of Bellehaven House Mysteries Series as Rebecca Kent

1High Marks for Murder 2008Description / Buy
2Finished Off 2009Description / Buy
3Murder Has No Class 2009Description / Buy

Order of Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries Series

1Dead and Breakfast 2017Description / Buy
2Doom with a View 2017Description / Buy
3Be Our Ghost 2018Description / Buy

Order of Kate Kingsbury Standalone Novels

1Gambler's Gold (As: Doreen Roberts) 1987Description / Buy
2Willing Accomplice (As: Doreen Roberts) 1988Description / Buy
3Forbidden Jade (As: Doreen Roberts) 1988Description / Buy
4Desert Heat (As: Doreen Roberts) 1989Description / Buy
5Threat of Exposure (As: Doreen Roberts) 1989Description / Buy
6Home for the Holidays (As: Doreen Roberts) 1990Description / Buy
7In the Line of Duty (As: Doreen Roberts) 1991Description / Buy
8Broken Wings (As: Doreen Roberts) 1992Description / Buy
9The Road to Freedom (As: Doreen Roberts) 1992Description / Buy
10Only a Dream Away (As: Doreen Roberts) 1993Description / Buy
11In a Stranger's Eyes (As: Doreen Roberts) 1993Description / Buy
12Where There's Smoke (As: Doreen Roberts) 1994Description / Buy
13So Little Time (As: Doreen Roberts) 1995Description / Buy
14A Cowboy's Heart (As: Doreen Roberts) 1996Description / Buy
15A Mom For Christmas (As: Doreen Roberts) 1996Description / Buy
16Every Waking Moment (As: Doreen Roberts) 1997Description / Buy
17In Love with the Boss (As: Doreen Roberts) 1997Description / Buy
18Very... Pregnant New Year's (As: Doreen Roberts) 2000Description / Buy
19One Bride: Baby Included (As: Doreen Roberts) 2003Description / Buy
20Official Duty (As: Doreen Roberts) 2004Description / Buy
21The English Wife (As: Doreen Roberts) 2006Description / Buy
22Spooks: The Diary of Jeanie Morris (As: Rebecca Kent) 2015Description / Buy

Order of Make-Believe Matrimony Series

1It Happened One Night ( By: Marie Ferrarella) 1990Description / Buy
2Married?! ( By: Annette Broadrick) 1990Description / Buy
3In the Line of Duty ( As: Doreen Roberts) 1991Description / Buy

Order of Raven's Nest Series as Allison Kingsley

1Mind Over Murder 2011Description / Buy
2A Sinister Sense 2012Description / Buy
3Trouble Vision 2013Description / Buy
4Extra Sensory Deception 2014Description / Buy

Order of The Portal Series as Rebecca Kent

1Fractured 2016Description / Buy
2Cracked 2018Description / Buy

Order of Misty Bay Tearoom Series

1In Hot Water 2021Description / Buy

Kate Kingsbury Anthologies

1 Murder, They Wrote1997Description / Buy
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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?

The next book by Kate Kingsbury is In Hot Water and will be released on October, 12th 2021. It is the newest book in the Misty Bay Tearoom Series.


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