By Parnell Hall
Cruciverbalists, rejoice!!! choose up a pencil and prepare to resolve the puzzle--and a confusing murder--in this energetic debut of a special beginner detective, leave out 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 Cora's an eccentric outdated woman with a nationally syndicated puzzle column, an impossible to resist urge to poke into unsettling occasions, and a niece who's decided to maintain her out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 difficulty. In a slyly a laugh and wickedly suspenseful secret, this pleasant heroine takes her first crack at taking part in sleuth. merely this isn't enjoyable and games....It's murder.
Violent crime is uncommon in tiny Bakerhaven. while the physique of an unknown teenage lady turns up within the neighborhood cemetery, Police leader Dale Harper reveals himself investigating his first murder. not anything approximately this situation is simple. Even an intensive 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 looks a crossword puzzle clue. may well it were left through the killer? if this is the case, what does it mean?
Fortunately for Harper, Bakerhaven is the recent domestic of leave out Cora Felton, the famed "Puzzle Lady" herself, whose well known crossword puzzle column graces newspapers national. but bringing Cora Felton into this example can be his most expensive mistake. For although she could seem like someone's candy outdated grandmother, in the back of these twinkling eyes and that a little bit mysterious smile lies a lady with a whopping secret...and a few hidden vices. What's worse, one whiff of puzzle turns leave out Felton right into a modern day leave out Marple.
Now Cora is snooping via crime scenes, wondering witnesses, and gaining loads of undesirable recognition. It's simply this kind 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 in the direction of 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 excellent plot twists, Parnell Hall's A Clue for the Puzzle Lady is simply what a secret should still be--a beneficiant assisting of enjoyable and a puzzle that by no means fails to shock and entertain.
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