By Parnell Hall
Cruciverbalists, rejoice!!! decide up a pencil and prepare to unravel the puzzle--and a difficult murder--in this vigorous debut of a special beginner 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 a laugh and wickedly suspenseful secret, this pleasant heroine takes her first crack at taking part in sleuth. simply this isn't enjoyable and games....It's murder.
Violent crime is unusual in tiny Bakerhaven. whilst the physique of an unknown teenage lady turns up within the neighborhood cemetery, Police leader Dale Harper unearths himself investigating his first murder. not anything approximately this example is easy. Even a radical 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 appears to be like a crossword puzzle clue. may it were left by way of 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 should be his most expensive mistake. For notwithstanding she could seem like someone's candy previous grandmother, in the back of these twinkling eyes and that a bit mysterious smile lies a girl 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 consciousness. It's simply this sort of meddling, mischief-making habit that drives leader Harper to distraction and evokes many go 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 striking 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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Cruciverbalists, have a good time! !! choose up a pencil and prepare to resolve the puzzle--and a difficult murder--in this vigorous debut of a distinct beginner detective, omit 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.
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And far better bred. So much elegance at four o’clock in the morning made Fitzgerald feel like a peasant. “I set off immediately when news was received of this . . ” Coburg in his tone; a faint Oxonian drawl. “The Queen will be most displeased. Two horses dead. ” “Not to mention the shock to her guests,” Fitzgerald retorted. “You astonish me, Count. ” A flash of white teeth, with no mirth behind it. “Nothing the Queen desires is beneath her loyal subjects. Particularly at such a time. ” Von Stühlen bowed; the Count’s gesture had the force of an insult.
The abortionist’s oldest trick. ” Fitzgerald stepped to the room’s sole window and opened it a crack, greedily breathing in the cold air. Freezing rain still fell steadily, mingling with the coal smoke and pale northern light of December; it was as though all of London had drawn a cloak of mourning about its shoulders. His hands were shaking again and he craved a drink: He took great draughts of polluted air instead. The stench of the rooms—sweat and stale alcohol and semen—had conjured a march of demons through his brain.
Smythe did not turn from his patient, but the doctor’s mild disbelief sparked Fitzgerald’s fury. He had already said too much. Anxiety had made him foolish. He reached for the bottle of brandy and took a long draught. His hands were shaking. “Happily I did not, sir. ” Torning was the innkeeper. Fitzgerald’s jabbered tale had sent a party of men and boys out onto the Heath in the bleary night, searching for the wreckage. Fitzgerald was an event in Hampstead, a throwback to the bad old days of highwaymen, a Paddy in the guise of Quality.