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THE KENKEN KILLINGS by Parnell Hall

THE KENKEN KILLINGS

By Parnell Hall

Pub Date: Jan. 18th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-61219-1
Publisher: Minotaur

KenKen, the latest rage in number puzzles, provides clues to a pair of murders.

Cora Felton, aka the Puzzle Lady, can’t resist signing the check for $10,000 from the estate of one of her former husbands. She doesn’t realize that the check is part of a plot by another ex-husband, Melvin Crabtree, who wants to get out of sending Cora alimony every month. Soon enough, Melvin arrives in town with a blond bimbo and a shifty lawyer, but Cora has hired ace local attorney Becky Baldwin to fight his claim. In the meantime, Chief Harper calls on Cora to solve a seemingly meaningless KenKen puzzle left at a local banker’s house, where someone broke in without stealing a thing. The banker and a teller are witnesses at Cora’s court hearing. When they’re murdered, KenKens and crossword puzzles offer clues that point toward Melvin. Cora, who still has tender feelings for Melvin, does not point the evidence out to the police, and in fact leads Chief Harper astray while she starts her own investigation. At length, she discovers that the blond bimbo is not Melvin’s latest wife, but a jealous redhead with every reason to pin a murder on him. It’s up to Cora to solve all the puzzles and unmask the killer.

Feisty Cora (The Puzzle Lady vs. the Sudoku Lady, 2010, etc.) is at the top of her game in this latest entry, which includes puzzles for the reader.