Search Results: "Sean Parnell"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"Well-told combat narrative that raises disturbing questions about America's professionalized military and the post-9/11 objectives with which they've been tasked."
Grim, gritty account of infantry combat on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, from a youthful lieutenant determined to act nobly amid violence and chaos. 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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LAST PUZZLE & TESTAMENT by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"Crossword fans should enjoy the wordplay, but others may find characters flat and the jovial treatment of alcoholism cavalier."
One Across: Fishy decoys. Read full book review >

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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN PUZZLED by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Miss Marple on steroids. Cora (Stalking the Puzzle Lady, 2005, etc.), one tough cookie, provides amusing fodder for crossword fans."
When the Puzzle Lady's framed for murder, she needs all her talents—which don't include constructing crossword puzzles—to keep herself out of jail. Read full book review >

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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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COZY by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"But the one-dimensional suspects and labored, inconsequential detection make Stanley's earlier adventures (Suspense, 1998, etc.) look downright substantial by comparison."
Fortified by his two-volume sojourn among the Puzzle Lady and her neighbors in Bakerhaven, Connecticut (Last Puzzle and Testament, 2000, etc.), Hall plucks personal-injury shamus Stanley Hastings from Gotham's mean streets, where his clients are forever slipping and falling, and packs him off on vacation in bucolic New Hampshire, where the leading activities are hiking, dining, swimming, and murder. 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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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 >