I did stick with this one until the end, but I felt the clues were very obvious. Don't know if I'll read any others in this series. Cora's drinking problem started to get really annoying.
Crossword puzzle fans will love this story of Cora Felton, "The Puzzle Lady" who gives the world her impersonation of a sweet old lady while her niece makes up the puzzles for The Puzzle Lady newspaper column. Both get involve when the body of a young girl is found in the local cemetary and the only clue is----a crossword clue! Those of us who don't do crosswords can just have fun with the irrisitable Parnell Hall (also author of the Stanley Hastings series).
Different and interesting characters. I'll read more by this author.
Easy read, twisty plot, love interest.
From Publishers Weekly
Hall, best known for his Edgar-nominated Stanley Hastings series, begins a new series with a heroine who provides an interesting variation on the older woman sleuth. Imagine Miss Marple as a promiscuous lush, and you have Cora Felton, known to crossword puzzle buffs around the country as "The Puzzle Lady." Cora and her niece, Sherry Carter, have moved to the small town of Bakerhaven, Conn., hoping to protect Sherry from an abusive ex-husband. The body of a young girl is discovered in the Bakerhaven Cemetery, and Police Chief Dale Harper investigates, though he wishes the body had been found in someone else's jurisdiction. An enigmatic clue in the victim's pockets takes Chief Harper in search of assistance, and he gets more than he needs from Cora, who's determined to help solve the puzzle. A second murder complicates the case, and overly zealous cub reporter Aaron Grant spills the news to the public about the cryptic clues. In addition to his trademark zippy, witty dialogue, Hall provides a dandy puzzle, congenial secondary characters, plenty of laughs and a true original in Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady. (Nov.)
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