Search Results: "Parnell Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

A PUZZLE TO BE NAMED LATER by Parnell Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"The Puzzle Lady, who seems to improve with each new adventure (Presumed Puzzled, 2016, etc.), spreads red herrings with reckless abandon this time out."
A loyal Yankees fan does everything in her power to save the wife of a promising pitcher from a murder charge. Read full book review >

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PRESUMED PUZZLED by Parnell Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"One of the Puzzle Lady's best outings. The often dislikable heroine is portrayed at her scheming best in a mystery full of tricks and treats."
Will the Puzzle Lady solve her latest case or go directly to jail? 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 >

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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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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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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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ARSENIC AND OLD PUZZLES by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Clever, manipulative Cora ($10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles, 2012, etc.) provides laughs and an ingenious mystery along with the obligatory puzzles for those who can't figure out whodunit."
Since every murderer in Bakerhaven, Conn., seems to leave a puzzle with the corpse, Police Chief Harper considers himself lucky that the Puzzle Lady is on hand to solve them. If only he knew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOT by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 27, 1991

"Not as funny or as neatly plotted as Juror, Stanley's last outing, though Stanley gets to do a lot more detective work here—all of it endearingly incompetent."
Nebbish/shamus Stanley Hastings, who usually chases ambulances for negligence lawyer Richard Rosenberg, finally has his own client: mousy Melissa Ford, who wants him to look into her boyfriend David Melrose's background. Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN’S PUZZLE by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 2009

"If the amusing antics of ebullient Cora (The Sudoku Puzzle Murders, 2008, etc.) aren't enough for you, there are always the requisite crossword puzzles along with a sudoku puzzle to enjoy."
Though she's just trying to mind her own business, the Puzzle Lady stirs up more trouble. Read full book review >

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STALKING THE PUZZLE LADY by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Hall juggles facile satire and suspense in an entertaining effort that never quite rises to the top."
"The Milli Vanilli of the crossword puzzle community" confronts the ugly consequences of masquerading as the Puzzle Lady, in her seventh installment. Read full book review >

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TRIAL by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 8, 1996

"Longtime fans of this rollicking series (Movie, 1994, etc.) will be glad to know that Stanley talks Richard into giving him a hefty raise, which he earns every penny of."
At long last, attorney Richard Rosenberg stops chasing ambulances long enough to take a criminal case, and his investigator Stanley Hastings is catapulted into the high-stakes defense of Anson Carbinder, who swears he didn't kill his wife. Read full book review >