"In the best holiday spirit, they are donating
a portion of the book's earnings to the St. Barnabas
Mission in Philadelphia."
Glazer - Romantic Times
Four and a half stars- FANTASTIC!
Graham and her husband, Rosco are on vacation to get
away from puzzles and murder. Belle is a crossword
editor and Rosco is a private investigator, and through
these professions, they have encountered many crimes.
Now they are approached by a man who needs help, and
Belle is unable to say no, despite the fact that getting
involved with this man's problem will bring an end
to their much needed "vacation." Besides
this wonderful story, there are four other stories
included that feature Belle and her husband. Each
story is a delightful mix of mystery and fun.
Accompanying each story is a crossword puzzle, and
if you solve it, you will have the answer to the mystery.
Even if you're not a puzzle fan, the characters are
so likable, you will have trouble putting this book
Klausner - bookbrowser.com
"... the mixing of puzzles with
mystery while the heroes are away from their home
takes readers on a cleverly designed holiday anthology
that crossword puzzle fans and mystery buffs will
"Crossword constructor Belle Graham
and her private investigator husband Rosco Polycrates
travel to five cozy locations to enjoy a winter holiday-in
this set of short stories that, in the tradition of
Busman's Honeymoon, feature mysteries that intrude
on the couple's vacations. Belle and Rosco must solve
crossword mysteries while spending Christmas in Nantucket
(Moby-Dick provides a vital clue), winter in Vermont
at a bed-and-breakfast (a lover's triangle plus a
bonus recipe for Victorian pudding), winter in Lancaster
County among the Pennsylvania Dutch (Rosco must sort
out samplers and crosswords to unravel a last will
and testament), the New Year watching the Mummers'
Parade in Philadelphia as they muse on gangsters and
their nicknames, and Christmas at a Cotswolds estate
where a wife and her gardener lover disappeared a
century ago. Cleverly the conclusions to the stories
are revealed in the solutions to the crosswords included
with each one. A generation ago, Stanley Ellin compared
Golden Age detective fiction to crossword puzzles.
Little did he know."
to A Crossworder's Holiday