Last Puzzle & Testament

Last Puzzle & Testament by Parnell Hall 055380099X 9780553800999
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Parnell Halls first Puzzle Lady mystery, A Clue for the Puzzle Lady, was hailed as devious and delightful (Chicago Sun-Times) and heaven for crossword puzzle fans (Kirkus Reviews). Now, Hall brings back his two unforgettable sleuths, Miss Cora Felton and her long-suffering niece, Sherry Carter, in another irresistible tale of greed, murder, and mystery most puzzling. Last Puzzle & Testament Emma Hurley died the way she lived--surrounded by an air of mystery, with only her servants at her side. That is, until she finally passes away...and her greedy heirs crawl out of the woodwork to stake a claim to Emmas fortune. But unlike most people, Emma was not content to leave behind a simple will. Instead, her final testament includes, of all things, a clever puzzle...one to be given only to her living heirs. The first one to solve the puzzle will inherit Emmas entire estate; everyone else will be left with a pittance.Complicating matters further, the will stipulates that Cora Felton--local celebrity and famed author of a popular syndicated crossword puzzle column--must referee the contest. Unfortunately, Cora knows far more about the fine art of mixing a martini than creating--let alone solving--crossword puzzles. Its Coras niece Sherry whos the brains behind Coras Puzzle Lady persona.And its up to Sherry to unravel the bizarre riddle Emma Hurley engineered before her death. For soon its plain that Emmas game is one without a clear winner...and that the players could lose far more than they ever imagine. Before long, would-be heirs are scouring every nook and cranny of the town as they scramble to solve a forty-year-old puzzle, while the Puzzle Lady herself adds to the chaos with her less-than-sobering antics. Meanwhile, Sherry has some pressing problems of her own: Her romantic interest in a mild-mannered local reporter is turning into an unpleasant love triangle--one that involves a glamorous young lawyer. And when one of the participants in Emmas contest is knifed to death, the last thing Sherry needs is amorous advances--especially when theyre coming from the number one suspect in the crime....Last Puzzle & Testamentis a devilish concoction of gamesmanship, malice, and mystery for anyone who loves a puzzle--across, down, or any way around

Author: Parnell Hall

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 352

Publisher: Bantam

Publication Date: 2000-09-05


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