Search Results: "Parnell Hall"


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SAFARI by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"In his 19th appearance, Stanley (Stakeout, 2013, etc.) once more faces a case he's convinced is too tough for him. Hall complements his struggles with amusing repartee and enough red herrings to keep it interesting."
A group of tourists on safari find themselves in danger not from wild beasts but from a murderer among them. Read full book review >

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SUSPENSE by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

``I don't deal in danger,'' Stanley Hastings aptly tells his latest client. Read full book review >

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THE KENKEN KILLINGS by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"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."
KenKen, the latest rage in number puzzles, provides clues to a pair of murders. Read full book review >

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A PUZZLE IN A PEAR TREE by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 3, 2002

"Cora's indifference to proper holiday spirit and everyday civility saves the day as she untangles tinsel and public charades: overall, less abrasive and more amusing than her previous outings (Puzzled to Death, 2001, etc.)."
Merry Christmas from the Puzzle Lady, Cora Felton, whose sweet face fronts the undercover crossword construction of her niece Sherry Carter and masks her own year-round Bah Humbug spirit. Read full book review >

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SCAM by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 1997

"As usual, Hall (Trial, 1996, etc.), like Rumpelstiltskin, takes slender material that would serve another writer for a middling short story and spins a gossamer web of riddles by turns puzzling, suspenseful, and hilarious."
Wendy and Janet, ambulance-chasing lawyer Richard Rosenberg's twimbo secretaries, are on vacation, and Richard's penny-ante p.i. Read full book review >

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ACTOR by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"Middling for the series."
Ambulance-chasing shamus and long-ago amateur thespian Stanley Hastings (Juror, Shot, etc.) runs up to Connecticut to help out his old college friend Herbert Drake by taking over the role of Bluntschli, in Arms and the Man, from the late Walter Penbridge. Read full book review >

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THE SUDOKU PUZZLE MURDERS by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2008

"The included batch of crosswords and sudoku puzzles may give readers less of a headache than the meandering mystery."
The Puzzle Lady exhibits a new talent and uses her sleuthing expertise to solve some bewildering crimes. Read full book review >

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A CLUE FOR THE PUZZLE LADY by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"Heaven for crossword fans, who—ll rejoice over the solve-as-you-go puzzle that eventually reveals the killer for readers whose pens are mightier than their reading glasses."
Cora Felton does like her nip of gin after lunch, or even before lunch, but her neighbors in bucolic Bakerhaven, Conn., are all proud of her reputation as the Puzzle Lady, whose photo accompanies the crosswords syndicated throughout the land. Read full book review >

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$10,000 IN SMALL, UNMARKED PUZZLES by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"One of the Puzzle Lady's finest hours, faster paced than most, with the obligatory puzzles to help solve the case."
One of the Puzzle Lady's former husbands comes back to haunt her yet again. Read full book review >

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BLACKMAIL by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1994

"Every page quivers with comic frustration, and the result is an absolute joy."
It's a mystery how Stanley Hastings gets the chance to chase those ambulances: he's constantly spending his time talking himself out of murder raps. Read full book review >

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HITMAN by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 2007

"Unlike most of Stanley's cases, which start with a great idea and then gradually run out of steam, this one begins with an idiotic premise and then gradually works its way through an endless filigree of Q-and-A to a surprisingly logical solution."
Slip-and-fall specialist Stanley Hastings has had cases that take him out past his depth before (You Have the Right to Remain Puzzled, 2006, etc.), but never quite as fast as his first meeting with a client who identifies himself as a hit man. Read full book review >