Lights! Camera! Puzzles!: A Puzzle Lady Mystery
Lights Camera Puzzles A Puzzle Lady Mystery Author:Parnell Hall This new mystery in this ever-popular series sparkles with a new film being produced about our famous heroine, but it's almost a relief when the first dead body shows up on set, if only it didn?t come with a crossword puzzle . . .It?s murder on the movie set!It was no surprise when Cora Felton?s ex-husband?s sensational tell-all memoir, Confessi... more »ons of a Trophy Husband: My Life with the Puzzle Lady, was optioned for the movies, but it certainly raised eyebrows when the Puzzle Lady herself signed on as an associate producer.Cora explained gamely that she hoped to have some control over the project. The truth was, she needed the money.Some of the more salacious details of the steamy bestseller had not sat well with Granville Grains, the breakfast cereal company for whom the Puzzle Lady appeared in national TV ads for schoolchildren, and they suspended the campaign. Sales of her popular Sudoku books also sagged, leaving Cora and her niece, Sherry, who actually constructs the crosswords, to live on the modest income from the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle column.Now Cora is filming her life story on location in New York City, and things couldn?t be worse. She doesn?t like the script, she doesn?t like the director, and she absolutely hates the actress who is playing her in the movie.It?s almost a relief when the first dead body shows up on the set. If only it didn?t come with a crossword puzzle . . .« less
Lights! Camera! Puzzles is the twentieth installment of the Puzzle Lady mystery series featuring Cora Felton and set in the small town of Bakerhaven. The options to Cora's ex-husband Melvin's memoir about their marriage is being made into a movie filming in New York City and Cora has signed on as an Associate Producer in order to keep an eye on how she's going to be portrayed.
Right off the bat one of the gopher girls on set is murdered, quickly followed by her boyfriend, another gopher girl and one of the actors. You'd think with all of this action and with Cora teaming up with Sergeant Crowley to find the killer that this book would be a hit. For me it was a dud.
I have always enjoyed this series, spending time with Cora and her niece, solving puzzles and laughing at the witty one-liners but the last few additions read as though the author is just trying to meet a quota. I actually started and put this book down three times over the course of the past two years before finally forcing myself to finish it. There was just too much back and forth conversation and it was very difficult to keep the characters straight - the murders also seemed to take a backseat to the "witty" conversation. Only two puzzles, neither having anything do to do with the murders and just a few brief glimpses of Sherry and the other characters we've come to love was a big let down as well.