A merry hustle-and-bustle always heralds the holidays at the Pennyfoot. Even as she prepares for the holiday meal, Cecily Sinclair Baxter is also helping her friend Madeline plan her wedding. And this year, Cecily has a cracking surprise for her guests -- Christmas crackers. Once the crackers pop, one lucky guest will discover a beautiful pearl brooch! But when two crackers go astray, things turn than jolly. A mysterious fire has broken out in an upstairs room, killing the mood -- and two guests. And at the bottom of it all: one of the missing Christmas crackers. Cecily's dead-set on solving this mystery before another deadly present turns up!