The Puzzle Lady Series

The Puzzle Lady Series

Lights! Camera! Puzzles!: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall
The Purloined Puzzle: A Puzzle Lady Mystery Book by Parnell Hall
A Puzzle to Be Named Later: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall
Presumed Puzzled: A Puzzle Lady Mystery Book by Parnell Hall

Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady, who has a nationally syndicated crossword puzzle column and hawks breakfast cereal to schoolchildren on television, is actually a charming fraud who couldn’t solve a crossword with a gun to her head. She is, however, a whiz at crime, and would have no problem helping the Bakerhaven police with the murders that plague that small Connecticut town, just so long as she could tap dance her way around the crossword puzzle clues they are always bringing her to solve. Cora has recently given up drinking and smoking, but has yet to give up men. She’s been married so many times she can’t even remember how many husbands she’s had. The irrepressible and loopy Puzzle Lady has alternately been described as Miss Marple on steroids or Jessica Fletcher meets Groucho Marx.

Other Books by Parnell Hall

Parnell Hall was the author of the Puzzle Lady mysteries, the Stanley Hastings private eye novels, and the Steve Winslow courtroom thrillers. He was a Shamus Award winner, and was nominated for the Edgar and the Lefty.

The Stanley Hastings Series

A Fool for a Client by Parnell Hall

Crime thriller mystery series featuring the ever-funny and charming Stanley Hastings. The only detective in New York City who doesn’t carry a gun.

The Steve Winslow Series


“Truly outrageous legal high jinks overlaying an original plot concept—plus, Winslow is fun to be around.” – Kirkus Reviews

Meet Parnell Hall

Meet Parnell Hall

Parnell Hall

Parnell Hall (1944-2020) was a Shamus Award winning, Edgar nominated author of the Stanley Hastings Private Eye novels, the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries, and the Steve Winslow courtroom dramas. With Stuart Woods he wrote the New York Times bestselling Teddy Fay thrillers.

Parnell had a scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Hercules in New York. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie C.H.U.D.