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A Sudoku championship tournament has come to Kate McDonald’s small town in New Hampshire. She’s thrilled for the opportunity to raise the profile of the Avondale Puzzle Museum, now that she’s given up her think-tank career to restore the museum to its former glory.

But the puzzle world isn’t all quiet pencil scribblers. Intense rivalries are boiling over, the townspeople are facing off against the police, and a big storm is headed toward town....

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Overview


A Sudoku championship tournament has come to Kate McDonald’s small town in New Hampshire. She’s thrilled for the opportunity to raise the profile of the Avondale Puzzle Museum, now that she’s given up her think-tank career to restore the museum to its former glory.

But the puzzle world isn’t all quiet pencil scribblers. Intense rivalries are boiling over, the townspeople are facing off against the police, and a big storm is headed toward town.

Then the current champion is found dead in a snowbank, and suddenly everyone’s a suspect….and trapped in the town hall ‘til the storm blows over...

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Ms. Freydont has done it again and charmed Sudoku and mystery lovers with her second Katie McDonald mystery . . . what fun! It was very interesting to read about how a Sudoku tournament is run and what it might be like to compete . . . In this story, Katie and her assistant Harry are once again trodding on the toes of the police chief as they pursue answers to the ultimate puzzle; who killed the Sudoku player. The Chief is not amused and can't understand why Katie can't just leave the murders alone and let him do his job . . . And as sparks once again fly between Katie and Brandon, I can't help but wonder if there is a potential romance in the works? Whether you like Sudoku or not this series is a fun, charming, cozy mystery series that any mystery lover will enjoy. I hope Ms. Freydont is working on book three because I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
—Stephanie B.
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. . . if you're into Sodoku or solving puzzles, this is your kind of series . . . Again, guys, puzzle lovers will adore this kooky little mystery, and the author is good enough to add Sodoku puzzles at the beginning of each chapter for readers to work out on their own. I recommend this book (and series) to puzzle enthusiasts and light mystery readers everywhere.
—Mary Lignor
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Despite appearances to the contrary, SUDDEN DEATH SUDOKU is an actual novel, rather than one of the thousands of generic puzzle titles that cram booksellers' shelves. It's Shelley Freydont's second in a series that began last year with THE SUDOKU MURDER. Both share a protagonist in math wiz Katie MacDonald, yet readers need not have read one to enjoy the other . . . SUDDEN DEATH is a good, old-fashioned murder mystery . . . each chapter is prefaced by a solvable sudoku . . .
—Rod Lott
New York Post - Required Reading
This second book of the Katie McDonald Mystery series would make a great cable news obsession: A cheating scandal rocks the First Annual Avondale Sudoku Challenge at the puzzle museum Katie curates in her New Hampshire town. Then, it's followed by two murders. All this, plus real Sudoku puzzles!
—Billy Heller
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762436934
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Katie McDonald Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Shelley Freydont is also the author of several romance novels under the pseudonym Gemma Bruce. Shelley is past president of Sisters-in-Crime, NY, NJ, CT, and a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She lives in New Jersey. Please visit her at www.shelleyfreydont.com
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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Sudoku and Murder

    Katie McDonald is the Avondale Puzzle Museum's curator and is sponsoring The First Annual Avondale Sudoku Challenge. Lots of people are attending and participating in the challenge. She has gotten many of the local businesses and residents to participate in making the challenge a success.

    Scandal soon rears its ugly head when Katie is made aware of a cheating scandal related to a top challenger, Gordon Lott. Katie's Aunt Pru thinks he would make a great husband for Katie. She's always on the lookout for a husband for Katie. Katie watches Gordon as he competes and doesn't see him cheat. Even though some of the locals who know his past want him disqualified, Katie lets him continue to compete.

    When he makes a mistake and loses, he is quite upset. With a snowstorm bearing down on the town, everyone leaves quickly from the first day of competition. When they arrive early the next day to finish the clean up and setting up, Gordon is discovered dead in the snow. Police Chief Brandon Mitchell wants to shut down the competition. Katie and the local merchants have too much at stake and she finally gets him to agree to keep it open.

    When the prime suspect turns up dead, things really start to heat up. With everyone going home after the competition, investigating proves to be much more difficult.

    Plus there seems to be tension between the Police Chief and Harry, Kate's teenaged assistant, who lives with him. Kate worries that this tenuous relationship she's pushed upon them will not last.

    Can Kate and Harry help the Police Chief without putting themselves in any danger and getting him upset with them?

    This is such a fun series. I'm not a Sudoku lover, but I love the setting, the characters, and the plots. The writing is so great that I just fly through each book. While I enjoy that, it means I'm soon waiting another year for the next book! I hope this is a series that goes on for years. Kate, Harry, Brandon, and Pru are such fun characters. Plus the other puzzle lovers and locals really round out the cast of characters.

    I highly recommend this book and series.

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