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THE KENKEN KILLINGS
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
This 12th entry in Hall’s lighthearted series provides plenty of his trademark humor. Hidden under the laughs and behind the included crossword and KenKen puzzles is a nifty, twisting story that features tight plotting and rapid-fire dialogue. The secondary characters, while broadly drawn, have plenty of substance to them, but it is The Puzzle Lady who is the main attraction.
Cora Felton, aka the Puzzle Lady, receives an inheritance check from an alleged former husband. Trouble is, she’s never heard of the guy. This in no way deters her from cashing the check, however, with the result that she promptly becomes involved in an alimony suit brought by her least favorite ex-husband, Melvin. When a witness at the hearing turns up dead, Cora is thrust into the middle of a very puzzling problem indeed. (MINOTAUR, Jan., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Donna M. Carter
Published: January 2011