By Parnell Hall
The Chicago Sun-Times crowns Parnell Hall's Puzzle girl mysteries "a pleasure for fanatics of either crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a adorable and particular sleuth." Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her smart niece, Sherry Carter, are placed to the final word attempt as they sq. off opposed to a xmas killer who hides in the white-and-black shadows of an acrostic....
A Puzzle In A Pear Tree
'Tis the season to be jolly, yet Cora Felton, shanghaied into "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as a such a lot reluctant maid-a-milking, has each correct to consider like a grinch. whilst somebody steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no desire of fixing, it's virtually greater than the Puzzle girl can endure. yet then conceited crossword author Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it seems to be a poem promising the demise of an actress. this can be extra love it! might the danger be geared toward Cora and her thespian debut? Or at Sherry, one of many ladies-dancing? Or at Sherry's nemesis, the pageant's predatory lead, Becky Baldwin?
Cora and Sherry slightly have time for a secret, what with trimming Christmas bushes and purchasing Christmas offers, yet rehearsals cross on, below police protection--until a killer moves in other places in a so much unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be extremely joyful to have murders to unravel. yet this time she reveals herself vying with a traveling Scotland backyard inspector who looks to have an all-too-personal stake in fixing the crimes. Cora does too whilst her personal niece turns into a main suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is somebody attempting to close down the Christmas competition? Cora will be merely too satisfied if that have been the case, yet she fears the secrets and techniques lie deeper. Now she is interviewing witnesses, breaking into hotel rooms, discovering facts, planting proof, and having a merry outdated time. actually, she will be completely happy--if this wasn't growing a Christmas to die for!
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Yeah, Jupe,' agreed Pete. Jupiter glanced at Pete--and then stared! ' Pete asked nervously. 'I think I know the answer,' Jupiter said quietly. ' Pete cried. 'Look down,' Jupiter said. ' Pete leaped up as if stung. He stared back at the long, heavy, rug-covered bench he had been sitting on. ' There was a silence. Then the rug rose slowly in the air and fell back as the 'bench' was revealed to be a long chest with a lid that swung up. The boys and Mr James blinked at the scared figure that emerged from the chest.
I see, yes . . They are, are they?. . Very well, Alfred. ' The artist hung up, and considered the boys. 'So, you are detectives, after all. Alfred informs me that you are honest boys, and quite clever. ' Mr James leaned his Masai spear in a corner. 'Mr Hitchcock has helped us greatly,' Jupiter said primly. 'So he said,' Mr James stated. 'However, he also says that involvement with you three is to be avoided at all costs, if I value my peaceful life, and that you tend to have somewhat wild imaginations.
Hal declared. ' 'Then what you saw was a print of a very famous painting by a great French painter named Francois Fortunard. A masterpiece, boys, but one that no longer exists. It was destroyed by the Nazis when they occupied France during World War II. They hated Francois Fortunard's work. It was a terrible tragedy for art. ' 'I don't think any prints were made, sir,' Jupiter said. ' Pete exclaimed. ' 'Any Fortunard would be worth a fortune,' Mr James said, 'but one that had supposedly been destroyed might be worth much, much more.
A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (Puzzle Lady Mystery, Book 4) by Parnell Hall