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ARSENIC AND OLD PUZZLES
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Hall’s latest Puzzle Lady mystery is a fun, easy read that keeps readers guessing, but without trying to build too much suspense. His easy writing style, cast of zany characters and fun way of integrating word and number puzzles into the storyline is sure to provide not only a good mystery experience, but a few good laughs as well.
Cora Felton, aka the Puzzle Lady of Bakerhaven, Conn., is at her crime-solving ways once again. She is thrown into a case involving two old men who were poisoned with arsenic in elderberry wine. Both of their bodies are found with old puzzles she created on them. She suspects that someone is copying the Cary Grant movie, Arsenic and Old Lace, in which two old ladies who run a boarding house poison elderly widowers and bury them in the basement. But despite the eerie similarities to the movie, Cora can’t seem to crack this mystery. Is she reading too much into clues that are actually diversions, or is she distracted by something else? (MINOTAUR, Jan., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Lauren DuBois
Published: January 2013