NYPD Puzzle: A Puzzle Lady Mystery

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Macmillan, Jan 21, 2014 - Fiction - 272 pages
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When young attorney Becky Balwin hires Cora Felton to accompany her to New York City to meet a new client in his penthouse apartment, the Puzzle Lady jumps at the chance. Cora is just coming off a bad breakup, and finding out that Chief Harper testified at a parole hearing for a killer she helped put away has her feeling old. But when she and Becky arrive at the apartment, they find the man is dead. There's a puzzle on his chest, and a prowler is searching the bedroom. Cora pulls her gun and gets off a shot as the intruder ducks out the window. The NYPD now think Cora is the murderer. Getting her off should be a breeze for Becky, but when the fatal bullet is too badly damaged to identify, Cora is lucky to get out on bail.

Meanwhile, a diabolical killer is leaving puzzle clues. If only they were just sudoku puzzles—Cora can't solve the crosswords without the help of her niece, Sherry, who's back in Bakerhaven taking care of her toddler. In order to clear her name, Cora must match wits with a gruff NYPD homicide sergeant who is quite attractive, except for the fact that he suspects her of murder. 

NYPD Puzzle
is a clever mystery, boasting madcap hijinks as well as fun puzzles. Mystery readers will thoroughly enjoy this latest from acclaimed author Parnell Hall.

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Review: NYPD Puzzle (Puzzle Lady #15)

User Review  - Stuart Macmartin - Goodreads

Typical fun banter book. Still can't quite guess how old Cora is. This isn't about the mystery, because it's obvious. The details of what was done? That was silly, but it's not the point of the book. Enjoyable light read, but not the best of the series. Read full review

Review: NYPD Puzzle (Puzzle Lady #15)

User Review  - Chris M - Goodreads

Fun and light reading but the plot is thin and the puzzle lady not that endearing. Three stars for the book but add one for the actual Will Shortz puzzles. Read full review

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PARNELL HALL has been an actor, screenwriter, and singer/songwriter. He is a former president of the Private Eye Writers of America and a member of Sisters in Crime. He has been a finalist for an Edgar, two Lefty, and three Shamus Awards. He lives in New York City.

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