If you love puzzles then raise your hand. Good. I do too. If you like a good mystery with that that then the latest effort from Parnell Hall (Puzzled To Death, And A Puzzle To Die On, A Clue For The Puzzle Lady, A Puzzle In A Pear Tree, With This Puzzle I Thee Kill) is sure to tickle your funny bone. The heroine from his previous “Puzzle Lady Mystery Series,” Cora Felton, is back and on tour promoting Granville Grains Corn Toasties Cereal. To put it lightly, this is something Cora does not like doing. But right before she goes on tour, Cora finds a mysterious crossword puzzle hung on her door with a knife (it was more like an attempt as the knife was indeed stuck in the door, but the puzzle fell off, and a poodle then found it, which Cora had to bribe with a dog bone to get the puzzle out of its mouth).
Cora takes her niece Sherry with her on this tour, and they both find trouble in people from the past. For Cora, it is an old high school classmate that she wants nothing to do with. For Sherry, it is her ex-husband. But things really get cooking when a woman who was on tour with them is found dead. Everyone thinks it is just an accident – everyone except Sherry and Cora.
Stalking The Puzzle Lady does have stretches of silliness, but that’s what makes it fun. It’s filled with humor and Cora is quite a spitfire, yet she comes off very likeable. Also, the TV crew they are stuck with in the motel adds a lot of flavor to the story and helps keep you guessing with the mystery. Overall, Stalking The Puzzle Lady is a funny, enjoyable amateur sleuth novel.