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The Crossword Murder (Crossword Mystery, Bk 1)
The Crossword Murder - Crossword Mystery, Bk 1
Author: Nero Blanc
Nero Blanc's crossword mysteries have been creating a buzz up, down, and across the aisles of bookstores-and now, the series debut is available in mass market paperback for the first time. Join P.I. Rosco Polycrates as he fills in the blanks of an investigation into a flamboyant crossword editor's death....
ISBN-13: 9780425177013
ISBN-10: 0425177017
Publication Date: 10/1/2000
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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couldn't finish. Rather dull.
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early book in the Roscoe and Annabelle series. This is a series I enjoy.
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A good premise for the mystery, clever--too much sex--but I'm pre-MTV generation.
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Just a fun read- with crossword puzzles interspersed in the story. A crossword puzzle editor is murdered and a private eye is hired to discover who dunnit.
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A sleuthing tale for puzzle fans.
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From Publishers Weekly: "Designed to delight both crossword puzzle enthusiasts and mystery readers, this pseudonymous novel, the first in a projected series...features adroit wordplay and high society intrigue. Wealthy Thomas C. Briephs is a crossword puzzle editor for the Newport, Mass., Herald, and a man-about-town whose immoral private life has made him an easy target for blackmail. Yet when he dies under unusual circumstances (strangulation in his bed), the police declare the death accidental, the result of a kinky sex game gone wrong, and try to hush up the affair in order to protect the reputation of Briephs's uncle, a U.S. senator. Briephs's mother, however, asks Greek-American private detective Rosco Polycrates to conduct a discreet investigation. Seeking background information, Rosco interviews Mrs. Annabella "Belle" Graham, the crossword editor for another Newcastle paper. The deeper Rosco investigates, the murkier the case gets, especially when two of Briephs's crosswords are published posthumously. At first Rosco is inclined to scoff at Belle's idea that the puzzles hold vital clues to the murder, but he reconsiders after Briephs's assistant is brutally attacked and three remaining puzzles disappear. Fighting a growing attraction, Rosco and Belle fill in the blanks as they edge toward the killer's true motive. Though Blanc's descriptions are awkward in spots and his secondary characters tend to be overblown, he delivers an enjoyable, complex solution and likable protagonists who are strong enough to carry the series forward. In a clever innovation, the text includes Briephs's final crosswords, which puzzle buffs can try to decipher before Rosco and Belle do." Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.