Friday, December 19, 2008

Mini Review: Stalking the Puzzle Lady

Finally getting a chance to talk about Stalking the Puzzle Lady by Parnell Hall.

This book finds Cora Felton, the public face of niece Sherry's Puzzle Lady cross word puzzle columns, getting ready for a publicity tour for her second job, hawking a breakfast cerial. But before she can get out the door, a puzzle is left there with a message in it. Is it a threat? Cora can't decide. But when one of the people on the tour turns up dead, it looks like it might have been.

This book seemed to have a hint of a stronger plot them most in the series thanks to the very personal nature of the case for our main character. Yet the trademark humor had me laughing the entire way through. And even though the book was set out of town, all the main characters make an appearance and most play an important part in the book for a change.

Unfortunately, the ending was weak, another staple of the series. Just once, I'd like to see Cora do a good job of solving things. Still, I love the series so much it's a minor complaint.

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