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A Crossworder’s Gift
by Nero Blanc

Category: Fiction / Mystery
208 pages; ISBN: 0425193152

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


When Digger Bonnet died on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, the secret of his treasure stash died with him. Bell and Rosco spend a week down there. The puzzle constructor and the private detective, with a little help from a parrot, try to decipher the clues to Digger’s treasure puzzle. “Holly, Jolly Roger” is a humorous brainteaser.

In “The Mystery of Wordworth House”, a ghost tries to right an old wrong using Rosco and Belle to translate his message to his two granddaughters. This is a cute ghost story.

When a gambler dies, he leaves a goodly amount of his estate to an animal sheter. To find the valuables, Belle Graham is asked to create and solve a crossword puzzle that should lead to the money. “A CROSSWORDER’S GIFT” is a delightful holiday mystery.

A puzzle constructor’s convention is taking place at the hotel near the Grand Canyon with Belle as the guest of honor. When one of the conventioneers is found dead, Rosco and his wife start sleuthing. “The Eraser’s Edge” is one mystery that is almost impossible to solve.

In “Cross Stitch” a sewing circle gets stranded during a blizzard and the five women bond with each other. After completing a crossword, the truth about a late heiress surfaces, but to find out what it is, the reader must decipher the crossword puzzle.

Nero Blanc’s holiday anthology makes the perfect gift for mystery and puzzle lovers.

Harriet Klausner


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