Amateur sleuth and crossword impresario Cora Felton is asked to solve a puzzle, only to find that it’s been stolenand a murder weapon has been left in its place.
When the obnoxious sixteen-year-old Peggy Dawson asks Cora Felton to solve a puzzle for her, Cora is delighted to find that the puzzle has been stolen. She is less delighted, however, when a blood-stained knife is found in its place.
Soon a body is discovered in the middle of Main Street, and Cora has a murder investigation on her hands. It does not help matters when she hears that her least favorite ex-husband, Melvin, is in town pulling a real estate scam, particularly when she discovers that Melvin may have purchased the knife. Now it’s up to the Puzzle Lady to figure out what really happened, in The Purloined Puzzle, from the New York Times' bestselling author Parnell Hall.
About the Author
Parnell Hall is the co-author of the New York Timesbestselling Teddy Fay thrillers. He is the author of the Puzzle Lady mysteries, the Stanley Hastings private eye novels, and the Steve Winslow courtroom thrillers. He is a Shamus Award winner, and has been nominated for the Edgar and the Lefty. He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Per Goodreads this is #19 in the Puzzle Lady series. I did not need to read any of the previous books in order to be able to understand what was taking place in this story. While I did enjoy this story, I do not feel I will go back and read any of the previous books. Perhaps this is due to only reading book #19? Cora is the "Puzzle Lady" or is she? How did this not become an issue in 18 previous stories or did it? There is a lot of dialogue in this story which did keep it moving at a fast pace. Cora is whity and sarcastic which was also quite enjoyable. I think my problem with the story was the not so exciting solving of the crime. The lead up was good, but all of a sudden, in what seemed out of nowhere, Cora solved the case. As stated, I did enjoy this story, but just not enough to want to read the rest of the series. I am giving this a 3-star review. I would love to give it 3.5-stars, but that is not possible.
Cora thinks that the worst problem in her life is the reappearance of her least favorite ex-husband, Melvin. Then a teen asks Cora to solve a puzzle that was just left at the teen’s house. Only before it can be solved, the puzzle disappears. Then the teen’s older brother reports finding a bloody knife in his bedroom even though there hasn’t been a murder. Is a corpse going to appear? Fans of the series will be delighted with the latest installment. We get the usual banter as Cora causes havoc on her way to solving the case. The usual twists are there before we reach the logical solution. The characters are on the thin side, which is nothing new for the series, yet I’ve come to care for them and was glad to visit them again. I laughed multiple times along the way, and those who enjoy puzzles will be glad to know there are two crossword and one Sudoku along the way.
Whip like banter fuels this lightning fast paced novel. THE PURLOINED PUZZLE by Parnell Hall The Nineteenth Puzzle Lady Mystery Cora Felton has a problem. Actually she has more than one. First of all, Melvin, the worst of her ex-husband, is in town. Secondly, an annoying teenage girl keeps pestering her to solve puzzles...puzzles which tend to disappear and reappear. Then there's the murder. With murder weapons appearing before crimes are committed, suspects arrested and released, nothing much makes sense. But the worst bit, Melvin has a contract for a tell-all book. Will he spill the beans about the Puzzle Lady? Will Cora have to kiss her career goodbye? Whip like banter fuels this lightning fast paced novel. The plot is a bit audacious with everybody, including the reader, wondering what's going on. It's reminiscent of a who's on first routine except that nobody actually knows who's on first or who's even playing! The Puzzle Lady Mysteries employ a darker shade of humor with characters who aren't the nicest people, yet I'm still left smiling and snickering. Confusion and misdirection abound, yet readers are led to a satisfying conclusion. Filled with witty repartee THE PURLOINED PUZZLE is a fun addition to this long running series. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.