By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall's Puzzle girl mysteries "a pleasure for fanatics of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a lovely and specific sleuth." Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her smart niece, Sherry Carter, are positioned to the final word try as they sq. off opposed to a xmas killer who hides in the white-and-black shadows of an acrostic....
A Puzzle In A Pear Tree
'Tis the season to be jolly, yet Cora Felton, shanghaied into "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as a so much reluctant maid-a-milking, has each correct to suppose like a grinch. whilst a person steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no desire of fixing, it's virtually greater than the Puzzle woman can endure. yet then boastful crossword writer Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it seems to be a poem promising the demise of an actress. this can be extra love it! may perhaps the danger be geared toward Cora and her thespian debut? Or at Sherry, one of many ladies-dancing? Or at Sherry's nemesis, the pageant's predatory lead, Becky Baldwin?
Cora and Sherry slightly have time for a secret, what with trimming Christmas timber and purchasing Christmas provides, yet rehearsals cross on, lower than police protection--until a killer moves somewhere else in a so much unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be thrilled to have murders to resolve. yet this time she unearths herself vying with a traveling Scotland backyard inspector who appears to be like to have an all-too-personal stake in fixing the crimes. Cora does too whilst her personal niece turns into a primary suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is a person attempting to close down the Christmas competition? Cora will be in simple terms too chuffed if that have been the case, yet she fears the secrets and techniques lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into hotel rooms, discovering facts, planting proof, and having a merry outdated time. actually, she will be completely happy--if this wasn't transforming into a Christmas to die for!
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We have no suspicions that there was an attack or theft. We don’t know how it happened; we suppose that he 64 must have come in here drunk or something, and staggered about and finally fell and bashed himself over the head—” Warren raised his eyebrows. “Baby,” he said with dignity, “it is not that I myself have any objection to the charming picture you have just described. But I only want to remind you that I am a member of the American Diplomatic Service. The DIPLOMATIC Service, Baby. The rules laid down for the strictness of my behaviour would cause annoyance among the seraphim and start a riot in a waxworks.
Now you let me tell you what to do, and you’ll have your film back to-night. Yes, I mean it. I fancy I’ve got an idea”—she struggled to conceal the pleasure that was making her tilt up her chin and grow as excited as Warren—“and it’s a ripping idea! Whee! Listen. In a way, Captain Valvick is right. We’ve got to trap this chap into coming back for the rest of the film … ” Warren made a weary gesture, but she frowned him down. “Will you listen to me? I tell you we can do it. Because why? Because we are the only people on the whole boat—we four—who know Curt was attacked and why he was attacked.
Ay t’ank dey did right,” said Captain Valvick, nodding vigorously and approvingly. “Ay haff always wanted to try one of dem t’ings too. Den ay 45 giff my imitation of de two cargo-boats in de fog. It is very good, dat one. I show you. ” Warren brooded. “Well, as I say, one little thing led to another. The signal for the fireworks was when one Cabinet member, who had been chuckling to himself for some time, recounted a spirited story about the travelling salesman and the farmer’s daughter. And then came the highlight of the whole evening.
A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (Puzzle Lady Mystery, Book 4) by Parnell Hall