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Arsenic and Old Puzzles (Puzzle Lady Series #14)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly recommend this book

    I think that Parnell Hall wrote the best Puzzle Lady yet. I found myself laughing out loud through the entire book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

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    The Cary Grant movie, ┬┐Arsenic and Old Lace,┬┐ seems to be the ba

    The Cary Grant movie, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” seems to be the basis for this murder mystery, except when it isn’t. And so, the plot is as mixed up as the Puzzle Lady, Cora, and the rest of the characters in this latest addition to the series.

    When an elderly boarder at a bed and breakfast operated by two ditzy old ladies dies, with a Sudoku puzzle in his pocket, Cora is called in by the chief of police to solve the puzzle and a subsequent crossword that is found. It seems meaningless, but Cora almost immediately detects the smell of almonds, indicating poisoning. It turns out that a combination of three poisons in the exact proportions as in the movie were in a carafe of Elderberry wine that the victim drank.

    Then the town drunk breaks in and is found in a window seat, dead of the same poisons. Other deaths occur, some according to the movie script, others not even close. Of course, Sudoku and crossword puzzles turn up along with the victims.

    The novel follows the usual components of a Puzzle Lady mystery: a wacky protagonist, funny dialogue, puzzles created by two leading editors, and a carefully plotted mystery with clues along the way, if one can grasp them without Cora’s help at the end. Some of Cora’s antics can become somewhat tiresome, but on the whole, a fun read, and one that is recommended.

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