A Clue for the Puzzle Lady (Puzzle Lady Mysteries)
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Cruciverbalists, rejoice! Pick up a pencil and get ready to solve a puzzling murder-and an actual crossword puzzle-in this sparkling debut of a unique amateur detective: Miss Cora Felton, an eccentric old lady with a syndicated puzzle column, an irresistible urge to poke into unsettling events, and a niece who's determined to keep her out of trouble.
When the body of an unknown teenage girl turns up in the cemetery in the quiet town of Bakerhaven, Police Chief Dale Harper finds himself investigating his first homicide. A baffling clue leads him to consult Bakerhaven's resident puzzle expert-his first big mistake. Soon Cora's meddling, mischief-making behavior drives Chief Harper to distraction and inspires many cross words from her long-suffering niece, Sherry. But when another body turns up in a murder that hits much closer to home, Cora must find a killer-before she winds up in a wooden box three feet across...and six down.
what were you looking for?” “Huh?” “You’ve already examined these gravestones. I mean, you must have if you know the husband’s buried over there. Because you’d examine this one first. Find the name, and look for relatives. So, if you’ve already examined this gravestone, what were you looking for just now?” “A clue.” “I figured that. Anything in particular?” “I was hoping for something that would tie in with the clue we already have.” “The one on the front page of the morning paper?” Cora
she came back and no one’s there?” “You could have left a note.” “Hey, you think I want him driving me nuts? Anyway, you find her, you call the station so the chief can radio me to go home.” “Chief Harper’s at the station?” “No. He’s home. Call forwarding’s on. Just make sure you call. I don’t need this.” Sam Brogan rolled up the window and drove off. “Well,” Aaron said, “that’s that. We’re duplicating his actions. But I don’t know any other way to start. We’re almost to the Country
thing to the other. By the same token, there is nothing to prove these events are unrelated. The best course of action is no action at all. Just let it go. The police are not investigating, I’m not reporting, it’s not happening. Even the woman who came up with the theory in the first place admits there’s nothing to it. I can give you my personal assurance, all parties have agreed to let the matter drop.” Kevin Roth rubbed his head again. What Aaron Grant had told him clearly wasn’t good enough.
them?” “No, of course not.” “Then do it now. We’re not always here. I don’t want to overlook the obvious.” “When no one’s here, the place is locked.” “I know. I want them just the same.” Dan Finley typed two samples and Chief Harper typed the other one. They labeled them, added them to the folder. Chief Harper gathered up the folder of typing samples, nodded to Dan Finley, and went out. He drove to New Haven, confident that, aside from Kevin Roth, he had typing samples of everyone else in
Winslow courtroom dramas, as well as five other Puzzle Lady mysteries, A Clue for the Puzzle Lady, Last Puzzle & Testament, Puzzled to Death, A Puzzle in a Pear Tree, and With This Puzzle I Thee Kill. Nominated for the Edgar, the Shamus, and the Lefty awards, he lives in New York City, where he is working on his sixth Puzzle Lady mystery, And a Puzzle to Die On.