By Parnell Hall
Cruciverbalists, rejoice!!! decide up a pencil and prepare to resolve the puzzle--and a complicated murder--in this full of life debut of a distinct beginner detective, omit Cora Felton, the reigning queen of crosswords. Cora's an eccentric outdated woman with a nationally syndicated puzzle column, an impossible to resist urge to poke into unsettling occasions, and a niece who's made up our minds to maintain her out of hassle. In a slyly a laugh and wickedly suspenseful secret, this pleasant heroine takes her first crack at taking part in sleuth. purely this isn't enjoyable and games....It's murder.
Violent crime is uncommon in tiny Bakerhaven. whilst the physique of an unknown teenage woman turns up within the neighborhood cemetery, Police leader Dale Harper reveals himself investigating his first murder. not anything approximately this example is simple. Even a radical seek of the crime scene fails to bare who she used to be, the homicide weapon, or why the killer left her physique in a graveyard minus her footwear. A cryptic message on a scrap of paper she carried appears a crossword puzzle clue. may perhaps it were left via the killer? if that is so, what does it mean?
Fortunately for Harper, Bakerhaven is the hot domestic of pass over Cora Felton, the famed "Puzzle Lady" herself, whose renowned crossword puzzle column graces newspapers national. but bringing Cora Felton into this example may be his most expensive mistake. For even though she may possibly seem like someone's candy outdated grandmother, in the back of these twinkling eyes and that just a little mysterious smile lies a girl with a whopping secret...and a few hidden vices. What's worse, one whiff of poser turns omit Felton right into a modern day omit Marple.
Now Cora is snooping via crime scenes, wondering witnesses, and gaining loads of undesirable realization. It's simply this sort of meddling, mischief-making habit that drives leader Harper to distraction and conjures up many pass phrases from her long-suffering niece Sherry. but if one other physique turns up in a homicide that hits a lot towards domestic, Cora needs to discover a killer--before she lands up in a black field 3 ft across...and six down.
A scrumptious brew of colourful characters, impossible to resist intrigue, and astounding plot twists, Parnell Hall's A Clue for the Puzzle Lady is simply what a secret may still be--a beneficiant aiding of enjoyable and a puzzle that by no means fails to shock and entertain.
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