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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    Fun mystery

    Lillian a retired professor of mathematics living in a retirement center suspects a unlikely murder. Her hunches along with the puzzles give the reader some mind challenges. The ending is a surprise climax. I read this book during one hot day in the shade. It was enjoyable as a light mystery. Kept me thinking. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Sleep Robber

    Reviewer: A reader from North Carolina I don't have any trouble sleeping, but I did keep the night light burning late finishing this unusual mystery. Alan Cook has concocted an intriguing plot that keeps you turning the pages, not only to solve the crime (What IS the crime??) but also to figure out the puzzles he skillfully weaves into the story. (His heroine is a retired math professor). The setting isn't the international jet set scene, not is it the courtroom. Cook instead chooses a posh retirement community where the resident roster reads like a Who Was Who in America.(Do you recognize yourself?) Your stereotypes will crash as Cook details with accuracy and humour the shennanigans among the current inhabitants of the digs as he leads us down the investigative path. Besides writing a book that is just a great and easy read,Cook has achieved a wonderful characterization of the heroine not so much through description of her but through her dialogue and its tone. She is a pistol, and reminded me of Miss Marple as she goes about her dry witted and relentless pursuit of the scoundrel. You'll like her, and cheer her on even as her more conservative counterparts try to put the brakes on her activites. Keep an eye on this budding novelist; he's finding his voice!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Really enjoyable

    I thought this was a very entertaining, fast paced and smartly written cozy mystery. The trend now is to include some type of hobby or interest within novels. This one has mathematical puzzles and solutions which makes it unique. It also takes place in a retirement community which is unusual. Its very very funny and has lots of possible suspects. It was hard to put down. Definitely worth $.99. I'm starting to shop for other books by this author.

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