By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall’s Puzzle girl mysteries “a pleasure for fanatics of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a cute and distinct sleuth.” Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her shrewdpermanent niece, Sherry Carter, are positioned 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 believe like a grinch. while a person steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no desire of fixing, it’s nearly greater than the Puzzle woman can undergo. 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 can be extra love it! might the chance 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 bushes and purchasing Christmas provides, yet rehearsals pass on, below police protection--until a killer moves in different places in a such a lot unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be thrilled 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 chief suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is an individual 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 Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into lodge rooms, discovering facts, planting facts, and having a merry outdated time. in reality, she will be completely happy--if this wasn’t starting to be a Christmas to die for!
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Now, for those who had a few tea . . . ” “Of direction. ” Sherry sat Doddsworth down and placed the kettle on. The Bakerhaven Gazette lay at the kitchen desk. VIRGIN MARY ICED screamed from front web page. Doddsworth shuddered. Sherry flushed and moved the paper. Aaron supply had already known as to ask for forgiveness for the headline, although it used to be none of his doing. Doddsworth unwound his shawl, shrugged off his overcoat, placed his hat at the desk. His head was once bald on most sensible, and his bristly muttonchops have been flecked with grey. yet his eyes have been challenging. Sherry sat down contrary him. “So, is that this your first time again? because you moved to England, I suggest. ” “I used to be again presently after the movement. to work out if my family members could persist with me. No success, unluckily. ” “Where are you staying? ” “A motor resort simply out of city. ” “Not a bed-and-breakfast? ” “I don’t want a few previous biddy fussing over me. Plus i am getting cable small screen television. a much cry from the BBC. nonetheless, I fancy the scoop. ” His eyes drifted to the Gazette. “Did you notice my aunt? ” Doddsworth frowned. “What, this morning? ” “No, on tv. Aunt Cora does advertisements. ” “Go on! I say, that’s a lark. ” Doddsworth allowed himself a quick smile, which rapidly light. “I ponder whether we'd research your assertion a bit. ” “Feel loose. yet I’ve instructed you all i do know. ” “You have made an entire, frank, and open disclosure to the experts? ” “Yes, i've got. ” “Then you should not have any hassle doing so back. If i'd simply ask a number of inquiries to remove darkness from convinced issues . . . ” “Fire away. ” “When you arrived to alleviate the Virgin Mary you had no proposal it used to be Dorrie Taggart? ” “I inspiration it used to be Becky Baldwin. ” “When did you research of your mistakes? ” “Not until eventually Becky got here strolling into city corridor. every person assumed I knew, so not anyone advised me another way. Up until eventually then, i presumed it was once Becky who used to be lifeless. ” “I see. And what are you able to inform me approximately Aaron furnish? ” “I beg your pardon? ” “I comprehend you were stepping out. ” The kettle whistled. “There’s your tea! ” Sherry exclaimed. She leaped up, took the kettle off the range. “Sleepytime, Earl gray, or purple Zinger? ” “Earl gray will be fabulous, thanks. ” Sherry poured the tea, set the cup and saucer at the desk. “Milk? Sugar? Lemon? ” “Milk and sugar, if you happen to please. ” Sherry produced them. Doddsworth sloshed in milk, further 3 heaping spoonfuls of sugar, stirred the combination round. sooner than he was once performed, his saucer held approximately as a lot tea as his cup. “Had time to think about a solution but? ” he requested. “I beg your pardon? ” “About relationship Aaron furnish. ” “It’s no mystery I’ve been seeing Aaron furnish. ” “Is this a major dating? ” She thought of telling Doddsworth that used to be none of his company. made up our minds to not. “I might say so. ” Doddsworth nodded gravely. “And what could younger Mr. supply say? ” Sherry bristled. She confined herself with an attempt. “You’ll need to ask Aaron. ” “I definitely intend to. i used to be pondering what you imagined he may possibly say. ” “Is this a part of your police research? ” “Oh, completely. Relationships are on the center of any crime.