Search Results: "Parnell Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PUZZLED TO DEATH by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Hall must have used a similar device to tie up his convoluted plot."
The "Puzzle Lady" team of Cora Felton and her niece Sherry Carter (Last Puzzle and Testament, 2000, etc.) is still working on its highly successful model: Sherry secretly creates the crosswords and keeps her aunt away from the booze; Cora provides the Puzzle Lady's public face and investigates 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 >

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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 >