A Crossworder's Gift

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From the bestselling author of A Crossworder's Holiday and A Crossword to Die For-five Yuletide short mysteries to add to the hit series...

"At last," raves puzzle editor Charles Preston of USA Today, "puzzle fans have their revenge...super sleuthing and solving for puzzle lovers." Now, the irrepressible crossword editor Belle Graham and her P.I. partner, Rosco Polycrates, are back-in more short stories from ...

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Overview

From the bestselling author of A Crossworder's Holiday and A Crossword to Die For-five Yuletide short mysteries to add to the hit series...

"At last," raves puzzle editor Charles Preston of USA Today, "puzzle fans have their revenge...super sleuthing and solving for puzzle lovers." Now, the irrepressible crossword editor Belle Graham and her P.I. partner, Rosco Polycrates, are back-in more short stories from the bestselling author.

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Nero Blanc (popular husband-and-wife writing team of Cordelia Francis Biddle and Steve Zettler) makes every word count in these five amusing short-story mysteries, in which even the word "clue" has two meanings: It's not just a piece of information that lets ever-curious crossword puzzle editor Belle Graham and her private-eye partner, Rosco Polycrates, solve the crimes they encounter; it's also what helps readers fill in the blanks in the crosswords that enliven their adventures. In four of these five tales, Belle and Rosco are wearing their traveling shoes: "Holly, Jolly Roger" features a Caribbean trip at Christmastime, when the intrepid pair finds a missing treasure with the help of a crossword puzzle and a piratical parrot. A wintry stay at a Montreal B&B ("The Mystery of Wordsworth House") is enlivened by a puzzle posed by mischievous ghosts. A quick visit to Las Vegas, in the title story, offers Belle and Rosco the puzzling clues they need to locate a missing bequest to a local animal shelter. And in "The Eraser's Edge," New Year's Eve finds the intrepid pair at the Grand Canyon, where a crossword convention attendee falls to his death, leaving behind -- you guessed it -- a crossword puzzle that reveals the reason for his fatal plunge. In the final story, "Cross Stitch," Belle's absence is regretted when a nor'easter traps a sewing circle in a New England mansion. Fortunately, even without their famous friend's help, the clever ladies manage to find the truth behind the rumors surrounding a long-dead woman -- by solving the crossword puzzle she left behind. Sue Stone
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In keeping with the Christmas spirit, Nero Blanc (Corpus de Crossword, etc.) offers puzzle fans a treat in A Crossworder's Gift, the pseudonymous author's second story collection. The five tales range all over the map, from the Caribbean island of San Lucia ("Holly, Jolly Roger") to Las Vegas (the title story). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Blanc (the pseudonym of Cordelia Francis Biddle and Steve Zettler) provides five tales featuring renowned crossword puzzle editor Arabella "Belle" Graham and her PI husband Rosco Polycrates (The Crossword Connection). The puzzle included with each story proves central to the concluding revelations. In "Holly Jolly Roger," for example, a crossword puzzle in the shape of a skull and crossbones allows Belle and hubby to pinpoint the location of a recently deceased Caribbean character's hidden "treasure." Their solution to a crossword puzzle found in a haunted Montreal bed-and-breakfast changes lives in "The Mystery of Wordsworth House." Steady entertainment, nicely varied locations, and the not-too-demanding puzzles themselves: for most collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Nero Blanc is a pseudonym for Cordelia Frances Biddle and Steve Zettler, who are husband and wife and serious crossword buffs.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great anthology

    When Digger Bonnet died on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, the secret of his treasure stash died with him. Bell and Rosco spend a week down there. The puzzle constructor and the private detective, with a little help from a parrot, try to decipher the clues to Digger¿s treasure puzzle. ¿Holly, Jolly Roger¿ is a humorous brainteaser.<P> In ¿The Mystery of Wordworth House¿, a ghost tries to right an old wrong using Rosco and Belle to translate his message to his two granddaughters. This is a cute ghost story.<P> When a gambler dies, he leaves a goodly amount of his estate to an animal sheter. To find the valuables, Belle Graham is asked to create and solve a crossword puzzle that should lead to the money. ¿A CROSSWORDER¿S GIFT¿ is a delightful holiday mystery.<P> A puzzle constructor¿s convention is taking place at the hotel near the Grand Canyon with Belle as the guest of honor. When one of the conventioneers is found dead, Rosco and his wife start sleuthing. ¿The Eraser¿s Edge¿ is one mystery that is almost impossible to solve.<P> In ¿Cross Stitch¿ a sewing circle gets stranded during a blizzard and the five women bond with each other. After completing a crossword, the truth about a late heiress surfaces, but to find out what it is, the reader must decipher the crossword puzzle.<P> Nero Blanc¿s holiday anthology makes the perfect gift for mystery and puzzle lovers.<P> Harriet Klausner

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