By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall's Puzzle woman mysteries "a pleasure for enthusiasts of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a cute and designated sleuth." Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her shrewdpermanent niece, Sherry Carter, are positioned to the final word attempt as they sq. off opposed to a yule 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 suppose 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 conceited crossword writer Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it seems to be a poem promising the dying of an actress. this is often extra love it! may well the risk 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 timber and purchasing Christmas offers, yet rehearsals pass on, less than police protection--until a killer moves in different places in a such a lot unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be overjoyed to have murders to resolve. yet this time she reveals herself vying with a traveling Scotland backyard inspector who looks 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 festival? Cora will be basically too satisfied if that have been the case, yet she fears the secrets and techniques lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into lodge rooms, discovering facts, planting facts, and having a merry previous time. in truth, she will be completely happy--if this wasn't starting to be a Christmas to die for!
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It said so right on the ﬂag. The gold was for entrées and sides, the silver was for desserts, and the green was for salads, soups, and breads. Another table, covered in red and green plaid, had been set up with coffee, tea, and a cooler that would contain bottles of milk, water, and juice. More long tables were set up in a geometric pattern around the room, each decorated with Christmas tablecloths sporting snowmen, Santas, Christmas trees, holly, and snowﬂakes. Three centerpieces, scaled-down versions of the ones that were on the food tables, were placed equidistant down the middle of each table.
A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (Puzzle Lady Mystery, Book 4) by Parnell Hall