Amusing - updated Miss Marple....
Was the puzzle solving worth a lot of money?
This series is fun. It's hard not to like.
Another fun romp - a puzzle within puzzle within a mystery! Cora Felton is at her best in this one, finding out that the obvious puzzle is simply a cover for the real puzzle within Emma Hurley's will. And what a surprise - you'll never guess who the murderer is! Really enjoyable read.
From Publishers Weekly
The second puzzle for Cora Felton (following A Clue for the Puzzle Lady) is even better than her clever debut. Although nationally syndicated columnist Cora is known as the "Puzzle Lady" to her Bakerhaven, Conn., neighbors, it's actually her brainy niece, Sherry Carter, who creates the famous crossword puzzles attributed to Cora. With a grandmotherly appearance that belies the oft married, cigarette-smoking, hard-drinking reality beneath, Cora fancies that her forte is solving mysteries. And Sherry's reticence and desire to shun the spotlight hides a puzzle constructor of the first rank. Their respective skills get a real test when wealthy, eccentric Emma Hurley dies and leaves a will that requires her potential heirs to compete in a puzzle-solving contest. She has furthermore appointed Cora final judge and arbiter. The assembled heirs-in-waiting are a motley lotAfrom obnoxious battling twins, Phyllis and Philip, to hermit-like Chester and disaffected young nephew Daniel. Reporter Aaron Grant returns as a romantic foil for Sherry, though things keep getting in the way of their budding amour. Edgar nominee Hall, a master of wordplay himself, has great fun as bloodletting and other forms of skullduggery complicate the search for clues and answers to a 40-year-old puzzle. The bantering affection between irrepressible Cora and shy Sherry, the antics of Emma's kin and a bit of murder and mayhem allow Hall to mask the puzzle's solution to the very end. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
2nd in the series. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. I just love the quirky characters!
mystery...you will love Cora Felton, she is so funny
A very pleasant mystery cozy. Cora Felton is a hoot!
Second in the Puzzling Mystery series by Parnell Hall. Great for lovers of mysteries and crosswords since you can work on the crossword while the protagonist does, and help solve the crime. Very interesting series and a fun read. Great for cozy lovers.
Very good, with good twists.
I gotta tell you, this one had me stumped right up to the very end. Another fun crossword-oriented mystery.
After receiving this book as a gift and reading it, I immediately ran out and bought every book I could find by Parnell Hall. Puzzlers and mystery-lovers alike will enjoy this book.
Another quick, but hilarious mystery involving our beloved "puzzle lady", Cora Felton. A light read, but entertaining, none the less, and quite a few twists and turns.
there are so many twists and turns that you'll never guess who dun it.
Last Puzzle and Testament is an intriguing approach to the "whodunit" genre. Set in a small town and revolving around the rich old maid who dies and her money-grubbing relatives, the story has the potential to be just another one of hundreds of similar stories. The gimmick that makes this novel different is the crossword writing amateur sleuth and a treasure hunt for the heirs that is based on, you guessed it, a crossword puzzle. Cora Felton is a celebrity in the small town of Bakershaven. She is cruciverbalist, a crossword puzzle constructor, with a national syndication as The Puzzle Lady. The only problem is that she knows more about multiple marriages and martinis than vocabulary. Cora's niece and companion, the divorced Sherry Carter, is really the crossword expert, but started using her aunt as a front for her image and to overcome the problem of being too young for credibility. Now they are stuck with the subterfuge. When elderly spinster Emma Hurley dies her attorney, following her instructions, assembles the potential heirs and informs them that the bulk of the estate is to be awarded to the first one to solve a puzzle she has devised. She also names the local celebrity, The Puzzle Lady, as the sole judge and referee. Then, as the puzzle solving begins, people start to die. The twists and turns of the puzzle, and of the detecting, involve Sherry and Cora in a variety of situations, all leading up to a very unexpected resolution. Part of the charm of this mystery is the character of Cora herself. A good-heated soul, she just drinks a little more than she should, and a lot more often. She and Sherry go through some interesting gyrations in order to cover up that Cora just doesn't have what it takes to solve, much less create, a crossword puzzle. The romantic interest is provided by Aaron Grant, reporter for the Bakershaven Gazette. He has already figured out that Sherry really writes the crosswords, but wants her to tell him as a sign of their developing relationship. Sherry, on the other hand, doesn't feel right about letting a relationship develop until she tells him the truth. Every time one of them is about to bring the matter to a head, something happens to distract them. Last Puzzle and Testament, by Parnell Hall is an amusing little mystery, well worth the read.