"A good anthology of puzzlers"
A Crossworder's Holiday. On vacation with her
husband private investigator Roscoe Polycrates in Nantucket
are crossword editor Belle Graham are interrupted by
antiquarian Sir Brandon Drake who needs her help to solve a
puzzle he found in a recent purchase. If he fails, his
life may go down.
Proof of the Pudding. At the Misty Valley Inn,
Vermont, Belle and Roscoe enjoy time away together until a
guest dies. The answers may be in a hastily developed
crossword puzzle that comes across as a recipe for death.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree. In Bird-in-Hand,
Pennsylvania, Roscoe assists a college buddy with solving
puzzles from the estate of Steve's deceased aunt in order
to interpret the will.
Mum's the Word. In Philadelphia, mobster Freddie
Five sent tips to the Inquirer through professionally
developed crossword puzzles that led to many busts.
Freddie's dead and the FBI has his last puzzle. They ask
Belle and Roscoe to solve the underlying meaning to the
answers that inform the police that there will be trouble
at the Mummers' Parade.
Ghost of Christmas Past. In Cotswolds, England,
Belle and Roscoe visit friends Angus and Judith who tell
them about a haunted house. Belle finds a piece of a
crossword puzzle that has clues to the haunted house's
past. Now to find the other two segments and solve the
Ignoring the logic of the gimmick, the mixing of puzzles
with mystery while the heroes are away from their home
takes readers on a cleverly designed holiday anthology that
crossword puzzle fans and mystery buffs will enjoy.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 3, 2002