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$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles

$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles

A Puzzle Lady Mystery

Puzzle Lady Mysteries (Volume 13)

Parnell Hall

Minotaur Books

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"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 over a corpse and a puzzle, and someone steals the money. Becky
won't tell her who the client is, but the most likely suspect is Cora's least favorite ex-husband, Melvin, who claims he's being framed by a psychopath with a grudge. Soon Cora finds herself in a no-win situation. Solving the murder will either put Melvin's neck in the noose, or incur the wrath of a cunning, cold-blooded killer who delights in playing deadly mind games and may be targeting her niece Sherry and Sherry's new baby girl.

$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles is another delightful entry in Parnell Hall's entertaining Puzzle Lady series, featuring new puzzles by Will Shortz that help readers solve the mystery!

EXCERPT

Chapter
1


"Just keep calm," Cora said as she piloted the Toyota around the curve.
"Keep calm?" Sherry said from the backseat. "You're the one driving like a maniac."
"Don't distract her," Aaron said....

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Praise for $10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles

“One of the Puzzle Lady's finest hours, faster paced than most, with the obligatory puzzles to help solve the case.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Fun, two words, 11 letters: P-A-R-N-E-L-L H-A-L-L. Hall, a master of the comic mystery, brings back Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady....Cora faces numerous situations, including blackmail, murder, the return of an ex-husband–and her niece and nephew-in-law's new baby. Add Hall's wit and razor-sharp dialogue, and '10,000 in Small Unmarked Puzzles' is another winner in an amusing series. Complete with crossword and Sudoku puzzles, Hall's latest is sure to appeal to anyone who likes brainteasers, whether of the crime or the riddle variety.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Great fun for series fans.” —Booklist

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Read the Kirkus Review of $10,000 IN SMALL, UNMARKED PUZZLES . One of the Puzzle Lady's former husbands comes back to haunt her yet again. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Parnell Hall

Parnell Hall has been a finalist for Edgar, Lefty, and Shamus Awards. He is a former President of PWA and a member of Sisters in Crime. Parnell competes each year in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He lives in New York City.

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