By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall’s Puzzle woman mysteries “a pleasure for fanatics of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a lovely and targeted sleuth.” Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her smart niece, Sherry Carter, are positioned to the final word attempt as they sq. off opposed to a xmas killer who hides in the white-and-black shadows of an acrostic....
A Puzzle In A Pear Tree
’Tis the season to be jolly, yet Cora Felton, shanghaied into “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as a such a lot reluctant maid-a-milking, has each correct to consider like a grinch. whilst a person steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no desire of fixing, it’s virtually greater than the Puzzle girl can endure. yet then arrogant crossword author Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it seems to be a poem promising the loss of life of an actress. this is often extra love it! may the danger be geared toward Cora and her thespian debut? Or at Sherry, one of many ladies-dancing? Or at Sherry’s nemesis, the pageant’s predatory lead, Becky Baldwin?
Cora and Sherry slightly have time for a secret, what with trimming Christmas bushes and purchasing Christmas offers, yet rehearsals cross on, less than police protection--until a killer moves somewhere else in a such a lot unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be extremely joyful to have murders to unravel. yet this time she reveals herself vying with a traveling Scotland backyard inspector who seems to have an all-too-personal stake in fixing the crimes. Cora does too while her personal niece turns into a first-rate suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is anyone attempting to close down the Christmas competition? Cora will be merely too satisfied if that have been the case, yet she fears the secrets and techniques lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into inn rooms, discovering facts, planting facts, and having a merry outdated time. actually, she will be completely happy--if this wasn’t transforming into a Christmas to die for!
From the Hardcover edition.