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St. Martin's Minotaur,
January, 2013
ISBN9780312602482, $24.99/US

Movie Madness!

It's a real challenge for the Puzzle Lady when a serial killer starts copying the classic Cary Grant movie, Arsenic and Old Lace. Cora knows the movie backwards and forwards. What's confusing her are the crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles the kller keeps dropping into the plot!

"Feisty Cora at her cantankerous, obfuscating, trouble-stirring best in Hall's delightful 14th Bakerhaven romp." - Publishers Weekly

"Clever, manipulative Cora provides laughs and an ingenuous mystery." - Kirkus

"Cora's zaniness rubs off on everyone, to the delight of fans old and new."- Booklist

"Puzzle master Hall again produces a clever whodunit laced with humor and an amateur sleuth at once endearing and infuriating. Readers will have fun filling in the squares of this rollicking mystery!" - Richmond Times-Dispatch

Pegasus Books,
January, 2013,

ISBN 9781605984025, $25.00/US

Stanley's in trouble!

For once the ambulance chaising PI's got real private eye work, staking out a motel to catch his client's cheating husband. Only the husband isn't cheating, he's been shot dead, and the police show up just in time to catch Stanley with the body. To beat a murder rap Stanley will have to resort to jumping bail, impersonating a police officer, and appropriating a murder weapon from a sassy Jersey Girl who keeps trying to distract him by ripping her clothes off.

“Stanley Hasting...enjoyable 18th caper...Hall's always amusing wordplay compliments Hasting's Closeau-like investigative techniques.. - Publishers Weekly

"This is the 18th installment in Parnell Hall's long-lived and enjoyable Stanley Haastings series...The whole novel is told through dialogue--not so easy a trick. The writers who are really excellent at this make it look simple--Robert B Parker and Steve Hamilton spring to mind. Hall shares that gift...As Stanley lurches and jolts toward a final "aha" moment in a crowded courtroom, you'll be rooting for him to come out, more or less, on top." - Mystery Scene

"Mr. Hall does to the private eye formula is very funny, but it is not frivolous. His puzzles, for all their manic nonsense, are fiendish constructions of sound logic." - New York Times


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