I love the puzzle lady books.They are always fun read.
Aunt Cora, the Puzzle Lady, hates puzzles, but she can't resist a good mystery (imagine a drinking, smoking version of Jessica Fletcher). There's plenty of secrets in the New England town of Bakerhaven. It seems some secrets are worth dying for. It's a fun ride as we travel along with the Puzzle Lady, exposing secrets and soliving crimes. Overall, a nice little mystery.
A Puzzle In A Pear Tree
Tis the season to be jolly, but Cora Felton, shanghaied into The Twelve Days of Christmas as a most reluctant maid-a-milking, has every right to feel like a grinch. When someone steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no hope of solving, its almost more than the Puzzle Lady can bear. But then smug crossword creator Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it turns out to be a poem promising the death of an actress. This is more like it! Could the threat be aimed at Cora and her thespian debut? Or at Sherry, one of the ladies-dancing? Or at Sherrys nemesis, the pageants predatory lead, Becky Baldwin?
Cora and Sherry barely have time for a mystery, what with trimming Christmas trees and buying Christmas presents, but rehearsals go on, under police protection--until a killer strikes elsewhere in a most unexpected manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton would be delighted to have two murders to solve. But this time she finds herself vying with a visiting Scotland Yard inspector who appears to have an all-too-personal stake in solving the crimes. Cora does too when her own niece becomes a prime suspect and the murderer strikes again.
Is someone trying to shut down the Christmas pageant? Cora would be only too happy if that were the case, but she fears the secrets lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into motel rooms, finding evidence, planting evidence, and having a merry old time. In fact, she would be perfectly happy--if this wasnt turning out to be a Christmas to die for!
This is the best puzzle lady book I've read so far! They just keep getting better. Hilarious, Witty, Page turner.
While I am a huge Cozy Mystery fan, this series is not quite to my liking, though I know it's extremely popular...I bought a copy at my local library's Book Sale for trading purposes. Registered at BookCrossing.com.