By Parnell Hall
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 suppose like a grinch. whilst anyone steals the partridge from the pear tree and replaces it with a cryptic puzzle she has no desire of fixing, it’s nearly greater than the Puzzle woman can endure. yet then arrogant crossword writer Harvey Beerbaum solves the acrostic, and it seems to be a poem promising the loss of life of an actress. this can be extra love it! may perhaps 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 provides, yet rehearsals pass on, lower than police protection--until a killer moves in other places in a such a lot unforeseen manner.Ordinarily Cora Felton will be overjoyed to have murders to resolve. yet this time she reveals herself vying with a vacationing Scotland backyard inspector who appears to be like to have an all-too-personal stake in fixing the crimes. Cora does too whilst her personal niece turns into a chief suspect and the assassin moves back.
Is an individual attempting to close down the Christmas competition? Cora will be simply 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 facts, and having a merry previous time. in truth, she will be completely happy--if this wasn’t growing a Christmas to die for!
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