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Mystery Lover's Puzzle Book    by Linda K. Murdock order for
Mystery Lover's Puzzle Book
by Linda K. Murdock
Order:  USA  Can
Bellwether, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Looking for the perfect gift for the mystery lover on your Christmas list? You won't go wrong with the Mystery Lover's Puzzle Book, a whole book of crossword puzzles with clues from well-known and favorite mystery series. You'll probably want to treat yourself to a copy also. Hard not to.

After an Introduction comes a Warm Up puzzle to get started. Clues are presented for famous mystery authors' famous characters from Nevada Barr to Robert K. Tanenbaum, and from Anna Pigeon to Roger Karp. Teasers are thrown in to keep you on your toes. Such as A cabinet for Knickknacks? or Northern Ireland acronym? Of course, answers are provided. No peeking, though.

Take Lisa Scottoline on Page 114, for instance. 1 Across is In Mistaken Identity, Rosato's client? Or 35 Down Nickname for city series setting? For J. D. Robb on Page 102 4 Across is Lab guy Dallas must bribe for results? On to Sharyn McCrumb on Page 66 36 Across is What the hangman in The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is? You get the idea.

So many of us are crossword puzzle aficionados. If that love also encompasses mysteries, what more could anyone want in a puzzle? This is a fun book with the ability to soothe those stressful feelings that come with holiday seasons. Give a pen with the book and really lay on a challenge with your gift.

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