Books by Nero Blanc

Nero Blanc is a pseudonym for Cordelia Frances Biddle and Steve Zettler, who are husband and wife and serious crossword buffs.


A CROSSWORDER’S DELIGHT by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"A mighty thin tale wrapped around some dessert treats and crossword puzzles that will provide the main sustenance for fans of the series (Another Word for Murder, July 2005, etc.)."
Crossword-puzzle constructor Belle Graham and her husband, private eye Rosco Polycrates, wrestle with two puzzles originating at a historic Newcastle inn. Read full book review >
ANOTHER WORD FOR MURDER by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2005

"Catnip for crossword fans who'll enjoy the six included puzzles—and for anyone else who can overlook the convoluted, improbable mystery."
Since their dogs are already such good friends, it's no surprise that Karen Tacete and her daughter Lily turn to crossword constructor Belle Graham and her p.i. husband Rosco Polycrates for help when her husband vanishes. Read full book review >
A CROSSWORDER’S HOLIDAY by Nero Blanc
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The target audience for this volume are readers who can accept its highly artificial premise—mysteries solved exclusively by working out crossword puzzles—times five."
Crossword constructor Belle Graham and her private investigator husband Rosco Polycrates (A Crossword to Die For, 2002, etc.) travel to five cozy locations to enjoy a winter holiday—in this set of short stories that, in the silly tradition of Busman's Honeymoon, feature mysteries that intrude on the couple's vacations. Read full book review >
A CROSSWORD TO DIE FOR by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2002

"The center of this puzzle remains a blank."
That difficult father, Dr. Theodore Graham, stands up his newlywed daughter, crossword-puzzle constructor Belle Graham (The Crossword Connection, 2001), by dying en route to a rare visit. Read full book review >
THE CROSSWORD CONNECTION by Nero Blanc
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"But the biggest obstacle to readers' sharing in Belle's happiness isn't magenta cabinets; it's the numerous clichés that fill in the blanks."
There's trouble in the realm of Belle Graham, the Queen of Cryptics (The Crossword Murder, 1999), who's having trouble with both her crossword construction and her prenuptial arrangements. Read full book review >