By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall's Puzzle girl mysteries "a pleasure for fans of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a cute and specified sleuth." Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her shrewdpermanent niece, Sherry Carter, are placed to the final word attempt as they sq. off opposed to a xmas 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 so much reluctant maid-a-milking, has each correct to think like a grinch. while a person 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 endure. yet then arrogant crossword author Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it seems to be a poem promising the demise of an actress. this is often extra love it! may possibly the danger 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 offers, yet rehearsals move on, less than police protection--until a killer moves in different places in a so much unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be extremely joyful to have murders to unravel. 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 while her personal niece turns into a main suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is an individual attempting to close down the Christmas festival? Cora will be simply too satisfied if that have been the case, yet she fears the secrets and techniques lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into inn rooms, discovering proof, planting proof, and having a merry previous time. in reality, she will be completely happy--if this wasn't transforming into a Christmas to die for!
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Ah,” said Kate, relaxing. “That would explain it. They’ve known for months that Grayson’s been searching for someone to work on Grandmother’s garden. As for your qualifications…” Tilting her head to one side, she asked, “Did you talk for a long time with Ruth and Louise? ” Emma pursed her lips thoughtfully. Even at the time, she’d thought her conversation with the Pyms curiously one-sided. Replaying it in her mind, she realized that it had been a fairly thorough interrogation. ” Kate grinned.
We’ve scads of rooms at Penford Hall and more cars than we know what to do with. If you need transport, give Gash a ring, and if you need anything else, call for Crowley. Now, come along, Emma, come see the garden. ” As he spoke, the duke ushered Emma across the dining room to a pair of French doors that opened onto a balustraded terrace, where a flight of steps descended to a broad expanse of manicured lawn. The lawn ended, much to Emma’s delight, at the front wall of a ruined castle. “It is a castle,” she murmured.
Won’t turn a clod without your say-so, o’ course. ” He looked down at the damp soil that had been transferred from Emma’s palm to his own. “Wonderful stuff Her Grace laid in here. Don’t know what she did to make it so rich. ” He touched the muddy tip of his little finger to his tongue, looked thoughtfully skyward, then turned his head and spat, missing Susannah’s toes by inches. ” “Oh, my Lord,” Susannah said faintly. ” “I should think it would be an acquired taste,” Grayson replied. He ran nimbly down the stairs to join the little group.
A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (Puzzle Lady Mystery, Book 4) by Parnell Hall