It's safe to say the Puzzle Lady didn't steal someone else's crossword puzzle, as accused, since she really doesn't construct puzzles. Her niece does. But what happened about that, and about a bunch of missing $100 bills as well as some stolen chairs? Very convoluted plot. Although the author doesn't realize that old-fashioned kitchen implement the plot hinges on can't easily be bought anymore, the story is fun for fans of the series.
I love these books because I love the characters. I have enjoyed all of them. This one I thought was a stretch, but I still oved every minute of it.
Cora (the puzzle Lady) is asked by a young woman if she would write something for her to use as a way to tell her husband that she dented the car. Cora couldn't find a way to say no, so she asks Sherry, her niece, who is the real puzzle lady, to write something. Not having the time, Sherry uses one from a book of poems. When the young lady has it published in the local newspaper as a way to thank Cora, the real writer, Benny Southstreet, sees it and sues Cora for plagiarism.
When Benny turns up dead, it spells trouble for Cora, who becomes the chief suspect.