NYPD puzzle: a Puzzle Lady mystery /
Annotation:"When young attorney Becky Balwin hires Cora Felton to accompany her to New York City to meet a new client in his penthouse apartment, the Puzzle Lady jumps at the chance. Cora is just coming off a bad breakup, and finding out that Chief Harper testified at a parole hearing for a killer she helped put away, has her feeling old. But when she and Becky arrive at the apartment, they find the man is dead. There's a puzzle on his chest, and a prowler is searching the bedroom. Cora pulls her gun and gets off a shot as the intruder ducks out the window. The NYPD now think Cora is the murderer. Getting her off should be a breeze for Becky, but when the fatal bullet is too badly damaged to identify, Cora is lucky to get out on bail. Meanwhile, a diabolical killer is leaving puzzle clues. If only they were just sudoku puzzles--Cora can't solve the crosswords without the help of her niece, Sherry, who's back in Bakerhaven taking care of her toddler. In order to clear her name, Cora must match wits with a gruff NYPD homicide sergeant who is quite attractive, except for the fact that he suspects her of murder. This is the fifteenth book in the entertaining series and boasts a clever mystery as well as fun puzzles for readers to solve"--
- Felton, Cora (Fictitious character)
- FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths.
- Older women
- Women detectives
- Mystery fiction.
Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Hall's delightful 15th Puzzle Lady mystery (after 2013's Arsenic and Old Puzzles) takes Bakerhaven, Conn., puzzle lady Cora Felton and her lawyer chum, Becky Baldwin, to the Big Apple for a meeting with a mysterious potential client. It's all speculative fun and games until the duo find a body in a penthouse apartment and surprise the probable killer, who flees, leaving Cora and Becky to face the cops and explain the crossword puzzle clue on the dead man's chest. The NYPD's Sergeant Crowley puts two (dead man, puzzle) and two (Cora, her hand gun) together, and arrests her for the murder. Meanwhile back home in Bakerhaven, police chief Dale Harper is stymied by a seemingly pointless break-in at the town hall. But when more crossword puzzles turn up and more break-ins occur, not to mention at least one more murder, it looks as if there's a link between the New York and the Bakerhaven crimes. Between Hall's snappy dialogue and Will Shortz's puzzles, comic mystery buffs have plenty to enjoy. (Jan.)