By Parnell Hall
Cruciverbalists, rejoice!!! decide up a pencil and prepare to resolve the puzzle--and a complicated murder--in this energetic debut of a special novice 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 Cora's an eccentric outdated woman with a nationally syndicated puzzle column, an impossible to resist urge to poke into unsettling occasions, and a niece who's decided to maintain her out of hassle. In a slyly fun and wickedly suspenseful secret, this pleasant heroine takes her first crack at taking part in sleuth. simply this isn't enjoyable and games....It's murder.
Violent crime is uncommon in tiny Bakerhaven. whilst the physique of an unknown teenage lady turns up within the neighborhood cemetery, Police leader Dale Harper unearths himself investigating his first murder. not anything approximately this situation is easy. 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 sneakers. A cryptic message on a scrap of paper she carried appears a crossword puzzle clue. may perhaps it were left through the killer? if that is so, what does it mean?
Fortunately for Harper, Bakerhaven is the recent 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 might be his most expensive mistake. For notwithstanding she could seem like someone's candy previous grandmother, at the back of these twinkling eyes and that a little bit 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 cognizance. It's simply this kind of meddling, mischief-making habit that drives leader Harper to distraction and conjures up many go 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 toes across...and six down.
A scrumptious brew of colourful characters, impossible to resist intrigue, and surprising plot twists, Parnell Hall's A Clue for the Puzzle Lady is simply what a secret may still be--a beneficiant supporting of enjoyable and a puzzle that by no means fails to shock and entertain.
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