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A crossworder's gift
Blanc, Nero.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, [2003]

Physical Description:
197 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Holly, jolly Roger -- The mystery of Wordsworth House -- A crossworder's gift -- The eraser's edge -- Cross stitch.
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From the bestselling author of A Crossworder's Holidayand A Crossword to Die For-five Yuletide short mysteries to add to the hit series... "At last," raves puzzle editor Charles Preston of USA Today, "puzzle fans have their revenge...super sleuthing and solving for puzzle lovers." Now, the irrepressible crossword editor Belle Graham and her P.I. partner, Rosco Polycrates, are back-in more short stories from the bestselling author.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In keeping with the Christmas spirit, Nero Blanc (Corpus de Crossword, etc.) offers puzzle fans a treat in A Crossworder's Gift, the pseudonymous author's second story collection. The five tales range all over the map, from the Caribbean island of San Lucia ("Holly, Jolly Roger") to Las Vegas (the title story). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Blanc (the pseudonym of Cordelia Francis Biddle and Steve Zettler) provides five tales featuring renowned crossword puzzle editor Arabella "Belle" Graham and her PI husband Rosco Polycrates (The Crossword Connection). The puzzle included with each story proves central to the concluding revelations. In "Holly Jolly Roger," for example, a crossword puzzle in the shape of a skull and crossbones allows Belle and hubby to pinpoint the location of a recently deceased Caribbean character's hidden "treasure." Their solution to a crossword puzzle found in a haunted Montreal bed-and-breakfast changes lives in "The Mystery of Wordsworth House." Steady entertainment, nicely varied locations, and the not-too-demanding puzzles themselves: for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.