Puzzled to Death by Parnell Hall

Parnell Hall has quite a range when it comes to writing mysteries: from PI Stanley Hastings to crossword puzzle writer Cora Hastings to Steve Winslow courtroom dramas.

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Puzzled to Death by Parnell Hall


  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.94 x 6.90 x 4.20
  • Publisher: Bantam ; (August 27, 2002)
  • ISBN: 0553581465

    Book Description

    Miss Cora Felton, the eccentric amateur detective better known as the Puzzle Lady, likes nothing better than to solve a good mystery–and this time she’s got a killer on her hands. What isn’t puzzling is why critics agree that “Cora is emerging as a lovable and unique sleuth” (Chicago Sun-Times) in “a fun series for mystery fans and cruciverbalists” (USA Today).

    Bakerhaven, Connecticut, seems like the ideal place to host a charity crossword-puzzle tournament–after all, the town is home to Cora Felton, the beloved puzzle columnist known as the Puzzle Lady. A slew of celebrity contestants are on the way. And the locals have been invited to challenge the veteran puzzlers head-on. But soon the town’s attention is fixated on something far more controversial than crosswords...when the body of the town tart is discovered lying dead on her kitchen floor. Before anyone can stop her, Cora is hot on the trail of the truth, interviewing nosy neighbors, digging up dirt, and drawing out a lonely recluse who just may hold the key to cracking the crime. But will she solve the case before the contest comes to a deadly end? Cora once again proves that sleuthing spells S-U-S-P-E-N-S-E–up, across, and down!

    Reader Reviews
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Puzzled to Death, August 22, 2002 Reviewer: A reader from Atlanta, GA United States It seems a natural for Bakerhaven, Connecticut, to hold a charity crossword puzzle tournament--after all, the town is home to Cora Felton, the syndicated puzzle columnist beloved by millions as the Puzzle Lady. So why shouldn't Cora host the festivities & crown the winner? But Cora's got a stack of reasons not to attend as huge as the hangover she's nursing the morning the tournament opens. And when the demise of one of the celebrity contestants adds murder to the mix, Cora instantly proves that a juicy investigation is far more exciting than any tournament. A confounding confection, as deviously devised as it is irresistible to read, PUZZLED TO DEATH is as deceptive--and diverting--as the Puzzle Lady herself! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title

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