By Parnell Hall
Cruciverbalists, rejoice!!! choose up a pencil and prepare to resolve the puzzle--and a difficult murder--in this full of life debut of a special beginner detective, pass over 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 made up our minds to maintain her out of hassle. In a slyly fun and wickedly suspenseful secret, this pleasant heroine takes her first crack at enjoying sleuth. basically 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 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 footwear. A cryptic message on a scrap of paper she carried appears a crossword puzzle clue. may it were left via the killer? if that is so, what does it mean?
Fortunately for Harper, Bakerhaven is the hot domestic of omit Cora Felton, the famed "Puzzle Lady" herself, whose renowned crossword puzzle column graces newspapers national. but bringing Cora Felton into this situation can be his most expensive mistake. For although she may possibly seem like someone's candy outdated grandmother, in the back of these twinkling eyes and that just a little mysterious smile lies a girl with a whopping secret...and a few hidden vices.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 leave out Felton right into a modern day pass over Marple.
Now Cora is snooping via crime scenes, wondering witnesses, and gaining loads of undesirable recognition. 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 ft across...and six down.
A scrumptious brew of colourful characters, impossible to resist intrigue, and extraordinary 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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Because Dodo Whitaker was a man! And not just any tuppenyha'penny old man, either: he was Ambrose Whitaker. Two points remain to be cleared up. First, why was it necessary for Ambrose Whitaker to pose as a woman? Second, what was the relationship between Ambrose and the artillery corporal from Bodmin? On the first point, it's clear that if he wanted to avoid any further wartime traumas Ambrose couldn't stay in Bristol, where he was far too well known. Even if he moved to a place where he wasn't known, it wouldn't have been completely safe to move as a man; because suspicious questions were always going to be asked in wartime about a young fellow who looked as if he might well be dodging the column.
He was virtually certain (he said) of who had stolen the money. What he was absolutely sure about was exactly where that money was at that very moment. He had the serial numbers of the notes but that was of no importance whatsoever now. The thief might well have been tempted to spend the money earlier but not any more! And why not? Because at this Christmas time that person no longer had the power to resist his better self. In that bar, stilled now and silent as the grave itself, the faces of Morse's audience seemed mesmerized and remained so as Morse gave his instructions that the notes should be replaced in their original envelope and returned (he cared not by what means) to Sergeant Lewis's office at Thames Valley Police HQ within the next twenty-four hours.
Where on earth ? "New' something. "Newgrave'? Never heard of it. There was a "Wargrave', somewhere near Reading, but.. No, it was probably a code word, or And then it hit him. Newbury! God, yes! Newbury was a pretty big sort of place but He rapped out his orders to the driver. "St. Aldates Police Station, and step on it! Take Jackson and Stephens here, and when you get there ask for Bell. Chief Inspector Bell. " He leaped the stairs to his office three at a time, got Bell on the phone immediately, and put the facts before him.
A Clue for the Puzzle Lady (Puzzle Lady Mysteries, Book 1) by Parnell Hall