By Parnell Hall
Cruciverbalists, rejoice!!! decide up a pencil and prepare to resolve the puzzle--and a difficult murder--in this energetic debut of a different novice detective, leave out Cora Felton, the reigning queen of crosswords. Cora's an eccentric previous 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. basically this isn't enjoyable and games....It's murder.
Violent crime is uncommon in tiny Bakerhaven. while 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 situation is easy. Even a radical seek of the crime scene fails to bare who she was once, 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 seems a crossword puzzle clue. may possibly it were left via the killer? if that is so, what does it mean?
Fortunately for Harper, Bakerhaven is the hot domestic of leave out 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 costliest mistake. For even though she may perhaps seem like someone's candy previous grandmother, in the back of these twinkling eyes and that somewhat mysterious smile lies a lady with a whopping secret...and a few hidden vices. What's worse, one whiff of poser turns pass over Felton right into a modern day pass over Marple.
Now Cora is snooping via crime scenes, wondering witnesses, and gaining loads of undesirable realization. It's simply this type 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 toes across...and six down.
A scrumptious brew of colourful characters, impossible to resist intrigue, and unbelievable 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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I went back and sat in my car. About two o’clock Harold came out, got in his car and drove off. I followed him home. 52 Parnell Hall—Favor [e-reads] The house was dark. Harold put the car in the garage, locked it and went in the front door. He did not turn on the light. I sat in my car. K. I had the picture now. Harold had found a greener pasture and a financial bonanza to boot. He was set on trading in his old-model wife on her, and he didn’t want to go broke paying alimony, so he’d hired the Weasel to dig up some dirt.
I figured the question would keep for the morning, however. Meanwhile, hey! Here I was in Atlantic City. I’d never been in Atlantic City. But I’d certainly heard enough about it, what with New Yorkers always talking about it, and what with all those ads on TV. And I figured, hey, if Harold was mixed up in something shady, what would be more logical than that it would have to do with gambling? I thought about that some, and then I went out and had some dinner, and then I thought about it some more, and the long and the short of it was before too long I talked myself into the notion that it would be a pretty good idea for me to familiarize myself with the local casinos.
I did them, then strolled back. In Bally’s I had one of the cashiers validate my parking ticket. She seemed happy to do it. I went back to the parking lot and got my car. They gave it to me free. God bless gambling. I pulled out, stopped and checked my map. I discovered there were two casinos I’d missed. Harrah’s and Trump Castle. That’s because those two weren’t on the Boardwalk with the others, but were a little further north around the tip of the bay. Seeing as how I had no idea where Harold might like to hang out, I decided to check ‘em out too.
A Clue for the Puzzle Lady (Puzzle Lady Mysteries, Book 1) by Parnell Hall