By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall's Puzzle girl mysteries "a pleasure for enthusiasts of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a adorable and special sleuth." Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her smart niece, Sherry Carter, are placed to the final word try out 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 consider like a grinch. while anyone steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no wish of fixing, it's nearly greater than the Puzzle girl can undergo. yet then conceited crossword writer Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it seems to be a poem promising the loss of life of an actress. this can be extra love it! may the risk be aimed 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 provides, yet rehearsals pass on, less than police protection--until a killer moves somewhere else in a such a lot unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be thrilled to have murders to resolve. yet this time she unearths herself vying with a traveling Scotland backyard inspector who seems to be to have an all-too-personal stake in fixing the crimes. Cora does too whilst her personal niece turns into a chief suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is a person attempting to close down the Christmas competition? Cora will be simply too chuffed if that have been the case, yet she fears the secrets and techniques lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into hotel rooms, discovering proof, planting facts, and having a merry outdated time. in truth, she will be completely happy--if this wasn't growing to be a Christmas to die for!
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Beyond the patio, the yard dropped off suddenly in its descent to the railroad tracks and river below. Trees and thick undergrowth blanketed the lower portion of the slope, but the upper part had been cleared to make the river visible. Jutting out from the hillside below the patio was a narrow terrace, just wide enough for a hammock with a tree-top view. Leigh leaned over the short stone wall that bordered the upper yard and glanced down. She would say she didn't jump. But she did. Lying there, in Cara's hammock, was a small man in a pinstriped suit.
Thanks a lot, Mrs. Rhodis. Cara caught Leigh's expression and set her jaw in irritation. "And what's so wrong with trying to solve a little puzzle here and there? What else am I supposed to do for the next seven weeks? " Leigh could think of several better suggestions, but stopped herself. Cara clearly enjoyed such things. So much so that she had stayed up till all hours of the night rattling around measuring bookshelves. Harmless fun, right? The image of a dusty hat and pinstriped suit formed unbidden in Leigh's mind.
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