Stalking the Puzzle Lady

Stalking the Puzzle Lady

A Puzzle Lady Mystery

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Random House, Inc.
Cora Felton may look like everyone’s favorite grandmother. But the white-haired, bespectacled Puzzle Lady swears, smokes, gambles, and is even dodgy on the subject of how many husbands she’s had. So it strikes her long-suffering niece Sherry Carter as amusing when Cora announces, “I’m tired of living a lie!”

The inspiration for this sudden burst of honesty is a promotion by Granville Grains featuring the Puzzle Lady on a bus tour of televised personal appearances. Cora can’t think of anything she’d like to do less–except maybe quit smoking–than travel the supermarkets of I-95 hawking the new and improved Corn Toasties to her legions of fans. And someone else mustn’t want her to go either, because they’ve left a knife planted in her front door with a crossword puzzle attached. But when Sherry solves the puzzle she can’t decide whether the enigmatic message is a threat, a love note, or– creepier still–both.

Like it or not, Cora and Sherry must take their show on the road, along with a makeshift TV crew that includes a smarmy producer with a bad hairpiece, an abrasive director, an overambitious publicist, and two overgrown child-actors with some very adult problems. Throw in a few uninvited guests, including a roly-poly munchkin who’s had an unrequited crush on Cora since high school and Sherry’s abusive ex-husband, and you don’t need to be a puzzle expert to know this trip is going to be murder!

Baker & Taylor
Puzzle Lady Cora Felton is confronted by a stalker who is using her own crossword column to follow her every move, a situation complicated by her niece Sherry's domestic crisis involving her ex-husband and new bride, as she races against time to unmask a killer. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Cora Felton may look like everyone's favorite grandmother. But the white-haired, bespectacled Puzzle Lady swears, smokes, gambles, and is even dodgy on the subject of how many husbands she's had. So it strikes her long-suffering niece Sherry Carter as amusing when Cora announces, "I'm tired of living a lie!"
The inspiration for this sudden burst of honesty is a promotion by Granville Grains featuring the Puzzle Lady on a bus tour of televised personal appearances. Cora can't think of anything she'd like to do less - except maybe quit smoking - than travel the supermarkets of I-95 hawking the new and improved Corn Toasties to her legions of fans. And someone else mustn't want her to go either, because they've left a knife planted in her front door with a crossword puzzle attached. But when Sherry solves the puzzle she can't decide whether the enigmatic message is a threat, a love note, or - creepier still - both.
Like it or not, Cora and Sherry must take their show on the road, along with a makeshift TV crew that includes a smarmy producer with a bad hairpiece, an abrasive director, an overambitious publicist, and two overgrown child-actors with some very adult problems. Throw in a few uninvited guests, including a roly-poly munchkin who's had an unrequited crush on Cora since high school and Sherry's abusive ex-husband, and you don't need to be a puzzle expert to know this trip is going to be murder!

Baker
& Taylor

Puzzle Lady Cora Felton is confronted by a stalker who is using her own crossword column to follow her every move, a situation complicated by her niece Sherry's domestic crisis involving her ex-husband and new bride.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780553804171
0553804170
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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