With This Puzzle, I Thee Kill: A Puzzle Lady Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Sep 28 2004
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"Hall’s trademark word play and gift for creating eccentric characters remain as sharp as ever."
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Crime, cryptograms, and killer conundrums abound for the Puzzle Lady in the fourth installment of the series "USA Today raves is "a fun series for mystery fans and cruciverbalists!"
It looks like wedding bells again for the much-married Cora Felton when distinguished widower Raymond Harstein III moves into town and makes a play for the Puzzle Lady. That is, it does until the mail brings puzzling cryptograms, which, when deciphered, warn Cora off the match.
Or do they?
As the puzzles keep coming, a killer's game must be played in earnest, and it's up to the Puzzle Lady to solve the riddle--if anyone is going to live to make it to the altar!
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Her niece Sherry Carter isn't happy about the arrangement, convinced that her aunt is making a mistake again.
Unfortunately, Cora's nuptials aren't the only ones pending. Sherry's best friend has just announced her engagement - to Sherry's abusive ex Dennis.
Between the two weddings, there was enough drama even before the first cryptogram shows up. It's a warning to Cora to abandon her plans to wed. More and more follow before the first dead body appears. Now Cora needs to set aside her wedding veil and pick up her sleuthing hat to find the cryptic killer. Can she succeed?
If you are a fan of the series, you'll be pleased to know that this book has more of what you love. The characters are sharp, the puzzles clever, and the mystery baffling. There are even a few scenes of word play that had me laughing. Unfortunately, the ending is once again too abrupt. Several of the important clues are sprung on us as Cora is explaining events. That's not to say the ending isn't satisfying or logical. I just wish the clues were planted better earlier in the book.
A weak ending is hardly a reason to pass on this fun series. I enjoy spending time with this feisty old lady and look forward to many more puzzling adventures to come.
The sub-plot is just as bewildering. Sherry's abusive ex-husband Dennis arrives on the scene, complete with his new fiancé Brenda and the members of his former rock band, the Tune Freaks. Why has *he* chosen to show up at this particular time? Can Sherry resist his charms and manage to extricate herself from him again?
Parnell Hall continues to supply puzzling intrigue for mystery readers. His episodes include a variety of word puzzles and games. Readers can participate in the solutions, or just let Cora and Sherry work them out. This particular installment isn't among the strongest of the lot; and newbies may not want to begin with this one. Still, visiting with Cora and Sherry and all the rest of the Bakerhavenites is just plain fun. I'm working my way through the whole series, and I heartily encourage you to do the same.