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And a Puzzle to Die On (Puzzle Lady Mysteries, Book 6)

By Parnell Hall

While nerdy cruciverbalist Harvey Beerbaum throws a birthday bash for Cora Felton on the Bakerhaven Library, it's no shock that the center-piece, a massive cake embellished like a crossword puzzle, is an entire bust--until a corpse thrown from the second one ground stacks hits it lifeless heart and fills in 14 down. Cora could hate birthdays nearly up to she hates crossword puzzles--but by way of fixing crimes, not anyone can carry a candle to the Puzzle woman.

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Truly, don’t imagine we’ve had a kind of round the following. ’Least now not whereas i used to be at the task. yet that’s only a fer example. element is, such a lot calls are lovely rattling effortless to determine. Even a cat up a tree. They referred to as ’cause the cat won’t come down. really, that’s often the firemen they name. yet you get the belief. Now right here, you name ’cause a rock come via your window. So I ask myself, Do you're thinking that it’s a criminal offense? good, you don’t, ’cause you freshen up the glass. yet you do, ’cause you name me. So it’s kinda like a borderline crime, you recognize?

I used to be dozing in a mobilephone. ” “I suggest the evening ahead of. ” “According to the police, i used to be stealing a puppy. ” “After that. ” “I particularly don’t keep in mind. ” “Yeah. So, here’s the deal: I’m riding you domestic so that you can take a bath and get wiped clean up. ” “Sounds stable. ” “Stay there, and remain out of difficulty. ” “Killjoy. ” “You’ve bought to, Cora. at the least till you beat this dognapping cost. ” “You gonna baby-sit me? ” “No, I belief you to persist with my suggestion. ” “Fine. Take me domestic. ” Cora was once quiet till Becky became the driveway.

The place the waitresses get the foodstuff. There’s a bit bell at the counter. you set the plate at the counter, and also you glance out, and if the waitress isn’t having a look your method, you ring the bell. i glance out that window each time I positioned an order up. ” “Ray says you talked to Anita, and that she requested you in the event you received off. ” “Sure he did. ” “You didn’t do this? ” “No. ” “Then why’d Ray say so? ” “You determine it out. ” “You suggest he killed her? ” “That wimp? He wouldn’t have the heart. ” “Then what do you suggest? ” Daigue shrugged.

Occasionally one robust juror can sway the tide. ” “I think. ” leader Harper acknowledged it with an entire loss of enthusiasm. “Whatever occurred to Ricky Gleason? ” “Who’s that? ” “Counter boy Darryl says he took over for. ” Harper shrugged. “You obtained me. ” “You be mindful him in any respect? ” “Can’t say as I do. He didn’t testify within the trial. Didn’t determine within the case in any respect, so far as i do know. I’m now not even definite what he appeared like. ” “He have mom and dad on the town? ” “I’m definite he did at one time. most likely lifeless or moved away, or I’d have heard of ’em.

How? There’s no ashtray. ” “You may well take it outdoor. ” “Oh, for God’s sake. ” Cora caught her cigarette in her glass of water, passed it to her. “Never brain the ashtray. deliver me a tumbler of water. ” Suppressing a grin, the waitress bore away the glass. “You gotta watch yourself,” Becky informed Cora. “By the next day the tale of the prima donna Puzzle woman may be everywhere city. ” “Ah, the cost of fame,” Cora murmured sardonically. “So, earlier than we have been so rudely interrupted, you have been telling me the place we stand.

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