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 adorable and specific sleuth." Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her smart niece, Sherry Carter, are placed 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 woman can endure. yet then conceited 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! may well the probability 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 provides, yet rehearsals move on, less than police protection--until a killer moves in different places in a such a lot unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be extremely joyful to have murders to resolve. yet this time she unearths herself vying with a vacationing 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 chief suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is somebody attempting to close down the Christmas competition? Cora will be merely 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 Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into lodge rooms, discovering proof, planting proof, and having a merry outdated time. actually, she will be completely happy--if this wasn't growing to be a Christmas to die for!
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A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (Puzzle Lady Mystery, Book 4) by Parnell Hall