Search Results: "Parnell Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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THE PUZZLE LADY VS. THE SUDOKU LADY by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2010

"Acerbic Cora (Dead Man's Puzzle, 2009, etc.) is always good value, especially for puzzle fans who delight in the requisite crosswords and sudokus."
The puzzle lady must solve yet another crime in order to surpass a rival. Read full book review >

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MOVIE by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"As a bonus, you'll learn a lot about filmmaking, including why to run the other way if you think it's going to happen to you and your screenplay."
When independent producer/director Sidney Garfellow buys his screenplay Trial by Fire, PI Stanley Hastings (Blackmail, 1994, etc.) thinks he's finally hit the big time. 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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MANSLAUGHTER by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2003

"And Stanley just isn't as funny as he once was."
"Life usually dorks me," complains personal-injury sleuth Stanley Hastings with some justification. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >