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St. Martin's Minotaur,
January, 2014

“Delightful…Between Hall’s snappy dialogue and Will Shortz’s puzzles, comic mystery buffs have plenty to enjoy.”Publishers Weekly

"Hall, as always, fills this intricate and witty mystery with a dandy plot, snappy dialogue and, of course, the antics of the lovably annoying Cora." —The Richmond-Times Dispatch

“The newest entry in the lovable Puzzle Lady series does not disappoint. Like those before it, NYPD Puzzle is easy to read thanks to Hall’s writing style, intriguing characters and, once again, integrated word and number puzzles that add to the fun.”RT Book Reviews

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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