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Overview

“This intriguing first in a new series from Freydont (A Merry Little Murder and four other mysteries featuring dancer Linda Haggerty) introduces mathematician and Sudoku whiz Katie McDonald. Katie, a self-professed geek who works for a hush-hush government think tank, returns to her hometown of Granville, NH, at the behest of her former mentor, P.T. Avondale. Katie is shocked to find Avondale frail and preoccupied, his beloved puzzle museum in serious disrepair and dire financial straits. Before Katie can make sense of the situation, she discovers Avondale murdered in his office—slumped over an unfinished Sudoku puzzle that may provide a clue to the killer’s identity. She tops the brash new police chief’s suspect list and decides to solve the case on her own, not only to clear her name but to save the Avondale museum from the wrecking ball. Readers will want to see a lot more of the intelligent and endearing Katie.”Publishers Weekly

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This intriguing first in a new series from Freydont (A Merry Little Murderand four other mysteries featuring dancer Linda Haggerty) introduces mathematician and Sudoku whiz Katie McDonald. Katie, a self-professed geek who works for a hush-hush government think tank, returns to her hometown of Granville, N.H., at the behest of her former mentor, P.T. Avondale. Katie is shocked to find Avondale frail and preoccupied, his beloved puzzle museum in serious disrepair and dire financial straits. Before Katie can make sense of the situation, she discovers Avondale murdered in his office—slumped over an unfinished Sudoku puzzle that may provide a clue to the killer's identity. She tops the brash new police chief's suspect list and decides to solve the case on her own, not only to clear her name but to save the Avondale museum from the wrecking ball. Readers will want to see a lot more of the intelligent and endearing Katie. (May)

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Entertaining fare for mystery-reading Sudoku addicts.
—Sue O'Brien
Fallen Angel Reviews
The Sudoku Murder is the first of this new mystery series by Shelley Freydont and I think it will become a favorite of mine. The heroine is spunky, brilliant, and even though she finds it difficult to fit in with her neighbors she still cares about them . . . And there are a slew of other interesting and humorous secondary characters to add charm to the story . . . even if you don't enjoy doing the puzzles yourself you will still enjoy the intriguing mystery. If you love Sudoku puzzles there are a number you can solve sprinkled throughout the book and of course part of the solution to the mystery comes from a Sudoku puzzle. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming new mystery series and can't wait to read the second book!
—Stephanie B.
Kirkus Reviews
A think-tank mathematician proves you really can go home again, in this series-starter from the creator of dance detective Lindy Graham-Haggerty (Halloween Murder, 2002). Kate McDonald thought she'd left Granville, N.H., and all the taunts she'd suffered as a geeky schoolgirl far behind. But when a letter from her childhood mentor, Prof. P.T. Avondale, begs her for help, she takes a leave of absence from her job at The Institute for Practical Mathematics to return temporarily to her childhood home under the watchful eye of Aunt Pru, who thinks even girl geniuses ought to be married. The professor wants her to save the Avondale Puzzle Museum, where Kate passed the only happy hours of her youth, from developers who covet the land for an outlet mall and from greedy banker Darrell Donnelly, who wants to foreclose because of an overdue loan. Aunt Pru would like Kate to date grocer Louis Albioni, or bowler Norris Endelman, or just about any native son who might divert her growing interest in Boston-import police chief Brandon Mitchell. She and the chief are destined to mingle, though, because P.T. is found stabbed to death. Despite warnings, Kate makes it her mission not only to rescue the museum but to bring its founder's killer to justice. Not as bad as most defiant-damsel sagas. Still, the conundrum of whether Kate will live to sleuth another day is a no-brainer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762434923
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Katie McDonald Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Freydont is a past president of the New York/Tri State chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and Kiss Of Death RWA chapter. She is the author of five books in the Lindy Haggerty Mystery series. In addition, she has toured internationally as a professional dancer with Louis Falco, Twyla Tharp Dance, and American Ballroom Theater, and has choreographed and taught for companies throughout the world. She has appeared numerous times for PBS on Great Performances, Evening at the Pops, and Happy New Year USA. She also writes romance novels under the pseudonymn Gemma Bruce. Ms. Fredyont lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with her two children.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    Sudoku & Murder

    Katie McDonald's old friend Professor P. T. Avondale has asked her back home to help him with a problem. So Katie takes a break from her mathematical think tank job. In school Katie was a "geek" and never fit in. That is until the professor took her under his wing at his puzzle museum.

    When Katie arrives, she finds the puzzle museum isn't looking so good any more. Plus the mean receptionist doesn't make visitors feel welcome. The professor tells Katie that the bank has threatened foreclosure, and he wants her help in finding where the payments went. When she finds the professor stabbed to death, she knows something is definitely amiss.

    This was such a fun mystery to read. I found myself not wanting to put it down to figure out who did it and why. Katie is such a fun character, too. The author did a great job of intertwining information about Sudoku along with the fabulous mystery. It makes for such an enjoyable cozy mystery read.

    I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read #2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    LOVED IT!!

    I loved this book soooo much. You don't want to put it down!!

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  • Anonymous

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    The Sudoku Murder by Shelley Freydont is a terrif first in this new series...One that I'm sure will hit the MUST READ list very soon! The characters are well-written and the plot is both fun and exciting. I suggest you order your copy of this book today!

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