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Parnell Hall

Parnell Hall

Parnell Hall, author of the Puzzle Lady and Stanley Hastings mystery novels, has also been an actor, screenwriter, and singer/songwriter. He is a former President of the Private Eye Writers of America and a member of Sisters in Crime. He has been a finalist for an Edgar, 2 Lefty, and 3 Shamus Awards. Parnell lives in New York City.

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The Purloined Puzzle

The Purloined Puzzle

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Amateur sleuth and crossword impresario Cora Felton is asked to solve a puzzle, only to find that it’s been stolen—and a murder weapon has been left in its place.

When the obnoxious...

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A Puzzle to Be Named Later
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A Puzzle to Be Named Later

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

New York Times Bestselling Author

“If sweet-looking, gray-haired Miss Marple cursed, smoked, and carried a gun in her purse, she’d be a ringer for Cora Felton.”—Booklist

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Presumed Puzzled
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Presumed Puzzled

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

“Jessica Fletcher meets Groucho Marx!”—RT BookReviews

A shocking crime of passion has Bakerhaven buzzing!

The Puzzle Lady gets more than she bargained for when she’s hired...

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Puzzled Indemnity
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Puzzled Indemnity

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

It's been a cold, lonely winter for Cora Felton. Long distance has cooled the Puzzle Lady's on-again-off-again affair with Sergeant Crowley, and the only case Chief Harper has for her to investigate...

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NYPD Puzzle
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NYPD Puzzle

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

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...

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Arsenic and Old Puzzles
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Arsenic and Old Puzzles

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

The Puzzle Lady embarks on another adventure involving one classic movie and featuring new puzzles by Will Shortz


When an elderly boarder at a Bakerhaven bed-and-breakfast drops dead...

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$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles
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$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

"Groucho Marx meets Jessica Fletcher!"--RT Book Reviews

When young attorney Becky Baldwin hires Cora Felton to make a blackmail payment drop, it couldn't go worse: she stumbles...

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The KenKen Killings
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The KenKen Killings

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

The Puzzle Lady just can't stay out of trouble. When the late Chester T. Markowitz, a man she never met, leaves $10,000 to his beloved wife, Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady can't help cashing the check....

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The Puzzle Lady vs. The Sudoku Lady
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The Puzzle Lady vs. The Sudoku Lady

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

It's the battle of the century when Minami, the Sudoku Lady, shows up in Bakerhaven, Connecticut, to meet Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady, whose sudoku books have just edged Minami's off of the Japanese...

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Dead Man's Puzzle
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Dead Man's Puzzle

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Sherry is off on her honeymoon when Chief Harper comes to Cora Felton, asking her to solve a crossword puzzle found on the body of Old Man Overmeyer. Small problem. Cora is the Milli Vanilli of cruciverbalists....

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The Sudoku Puzzle Murders
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The Sudoku Puzzle Murders

Puzzle Lady Mysteries

Parnell Hall
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady (who actually couldn't solve a crossword puzzle to save her life), is surprisingly good at sudoku, so it's no problem when a Japanese publisher asks her to write a sudoku...

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