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Title:
Puzzled indemnity : a Puzzle Lady mystery
Author:
Hall, Parnell.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, [2015]

©2014
Physical Description:
262 pages : illustrations; 22 cm.
Summary:
"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 is a routine liquor store robbery. So when attorney friend Becky Baldwin ask her to check out whether Brittney Wells' philandering husband is planning to kill her to collect on a million dollar, double indemnity insurance policy, Cora jumps at the chance. Cora has no problem tracking hubby to his love nest, but when Brittany refuses to believe he's cheating on her, Cora has to blackmail him to prove the affair. Before she can, a car bomb rocks the quiet streets of Bakerhaven, and the stakes escalate to murder. To save Becky's clueless client from the clutches of the law, Cora will manipulate a TV reporter, cast suspicion on an innocent man, crack crossword and Sudoku clues, solve the liquor store robbery, and enlist the aid of both Sergeant Crowley and his girlfriend in this outragous new entry in the Puzzle Lady Mystery series featuring Sudoku by Will Shortz"--

"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 is a routine liquor store robbery. So when her attorney friend Becky asks her to explore the possibility that her client Brittney's philandering husband is planning to murder her for the insurance money, Cora jumps at the chance. She brings in her loathsome ex-husband Marvin to play blackmailer and prove the affair. But when Brittany's husband is killed by a car bomb right outside the Bakerhaven police station, and it turns out she had insurance on him, the police arrest her for murder. To save Becky's clueless client from the clutches of the law, Cora will manipulate a TV reporter, cast suspicion on an innocent man, crack crossword and Sudoku clues, solve the liquor store robbery, and enlist the aid of both Sergeant Crowley and his girlfriend in this outragous new entry in the Puzzle Lady Mystery series featuring Sudoku by Will Shortz"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250027177
Format :
Book

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Summary

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 is a routine liquor store robbery. So when attorney friend Becky Baldwin asks her to check out whether Brittney Wells' philandering husband is planning to kill her to collect on a million dollar, double indemnity insurance policy, Cora jumps at the chance.

Cora has no problem tracking hubby to his love nest, but when Brittany refuses to believe he's cheating on her, Cora has to blackmail him to prove the affair. Before she can, a car bomb rocks the quiet streets of Bakerhaven, and the stakes escalate to murder.

To save Becky's clueless client from the clutches of the law, Cora will manipulate a TV reporter, cast suspicion on an innocent man, crack crossword and Sudoku clues, solve the liquor store robbery, and enlist the aid of both Sergeant Crowley and his girlfriend in Parnell Hall's Puzzled Indemnity , this outrageous new entry in the Puzzle Lady Mystery series featuring Sudoku by Will Shortz.


Author Notes

Parnell Hall is a part-time actor, a former private detective, singer/songwriter, and full-time writer of novels and screenplays. He writes the Stanley Hastings Mystery series, the Steve Winslow courtroom drama series, and the Puzzle Lady Mystery series. He also writes under the pseudonym J. P. Hailey. He wrote the screenplay to the 1984 movie C.H.U.D.

Hall co-authored New York Times bestseller Smooth Operator with Stuart Woods.

(Bowker Author Biography) Parnell Hall has been nominated for the Edgar, the Shamus, and the Lefty Awards for his mysteries. Bantam will publish his third Puzzle Lady mystery, Puzzled to Death, in Fall 2001. He lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

Hank and Brittany Wells live in suburban Bakerhaven, Connecticut, with matching cars, seemingly the typical happy couple. Except Brittany thinks Hank is trying to kill her for the insurance policy he has taken out on her. She hires the town's only attorney, Becky Baldwin, who in turn hires Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady, to track Hank's movements. Cora jumps at the opportunity because it's winter and she's bored, but, best of all, Hank works in New York City, giving her the chance to see Detective Crowley, of whom she grew fond in NYPD Puzzle (2014). As Cora follows Hank, plays bodyguard to Brittany, and enlists her ex-husband and Crowley's hippie girlfriend to assist with some subterfuge, the puzzles start turning up. While Cora can't solve a crossword puzzle, she can use the embedded clues to solve the real crime, getting Chief Harper in Bakerhaven to collaborate with Crowley in New York. In this delightful comic mystery, the merging of the puzzle of the crime with the allusions to the movie Double Indemnity and Cora's convoluted conversations engages to the end.--Muller, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Hall's whimsical 16th Puzzle Lady mystery (after 2014's NYPD Puzzle), amateur sleuth Cora agrees to help a local attorney in Bakerhaven, Conn., by tailing an insurance salesman and finding out if he's cheating on his wife. Happily for married Cora, the assignment takes her to New York City, home of the NYPD's Sergeant Crowley, her occasional lover. The investigation leads to the apartment of a mysterious woman. As events spiral out of control, questions arise about the shelf life of such a quirky character as Cora. Known for worrying about her weight, dodging people's questions about puzzles (her niece Kelly is the real puzzle expert), and complaining about everything in her life, Cora starts using blackmail. What's more, her careless conversation later costs a man his life. Some readers may lose patience with her before reaching the convoluted conclusion. Others will enjoy the parallels to James M. Cain's Double Indemnity. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Puzzle Lady Cora Felton investigates a liquor store robbery and a cheating husband who may be plotting to murder his wife for the insurance money in the 16th series installment (after NYPD Puzzle). Includes six crosswords and a sudoku puzzle by Will Shortz that help you solve the mystery. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.