Dead Man's Puzzle: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall

Dead Man's Puzzle: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall

By Parnell Hall

Sherry is off on her honeymoon whilst leader Harper involves Cora Felton, asking her to unravel a crossword puzzle chanced on at the physique of previous guy Overmeyer. Small challenge. Cora is the Milli Vanilli of cruciverbalists. Her niece, Sherry, writes the crossword puzzle column for her. Cora pokes into Overmeyer’s dying, hoping to end up he died of average factors. She learns the cranky hermit was once the only real surviving member of a forty-year-old inventory pooling contract, and ahead of she will be able to say “capital gain,” the city is filled with heirs. Complicating issues is Sherry’s ex-husband, Dennis, who's enjoying detective within the hopes of impressing his ex-wife. With Sherry out of city, her restraining order opposed to him is moot, and he's taking complete good thing about the actual fact. Parnell corridor gives you one other stellar, puzzle-packed access during this interesting sequence.

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I can take you at sudoku. But I’m not a swift solver. I’ve never entered the national tournament, and I never will. ” Harvey looked shocked. ” “No point. ” Cora patted him on the cheek. “Harvey, Harvey, of course you’re right. You’re a constructor and a solver. I’m not. I’m better at solving mysteries. Like this dead guy. Who killed him? ” Harvey looked at her in alarm. ” “Well, that’s disappointing. I was hoping you’d bring me news of a murder. ” “That’s better, Harvey. You’re back to your old, feisty self.

It ought to be illegal. ” “Very funny. ” Cora couldn’t believe how quickly it had all gone wrong. Here she was, minding her own business. Well, other people’s business, actually, but she was minding it. Honing her detective skills by following random people to the mall. How could she possibly get in trouble doing that? Only she had. And now she was faced with having to solve a crossword puzzle. How could she get out of it? Cora smiled. Of course. Harvey Beerbaum. Chapter 4 Harvey Beerbaum was beaming all over his face.

I had a feeling you did. So I started to put two and two together. ” Uh-oh. Yes,” Cora said. ” “So, instead, you passed the puzzle on to me. ” Oh, hell. Of all the people in the world Cora didn’t want to learn her secret, Harvey Beerbaum was near the top of the list. Fussy, pedantic, gossipy, and a stickler for the rules, Harvey wouldn’t hesitate to blow her cover. Only the threat of being sued for slander might stop him. That or blackmail. Did the man have secret vices? A collection of erotic pottery, perchance?

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