By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall's Puzzle girl mysteries "a pleasure for fans of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a lovely and particular sleuth." Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her smart niece, Sherry Carter, are placed 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 such a lot reluctant maid-a-milking, has each correct to consider like a grinch. while a person steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no desire of fixing, it's nearly greater than the Puzzle girl can undergo. 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 well the probability be aimed 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 bushes and purchasing Christmas offers, yet rehearsals cross on, lower than police protection--until a killer moves in different places in a such a lot unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be overjoyed to have murders to unravel. 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 main suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is an individual attempting to close down the Christmas festival? Cora will be merely too chuffed if that have been the case, yet she fears the secrets and techniques lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into inn rooms, discovering facts, planting proof, and having a merry outdated time. actually, she will be completely happy--if this wasn't growing a Christmas to die for!
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A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (Puzzle Lady Mystery, Book 4) by Parnell Hall