"Designed to delight both crossword puzzle enthusiasts
and mystery readers [The Crossword Murder] features
adroit wordplay and high society intrigue... ...[Blanc]
delivers an enjoyable, complex solution and likable
protagonists who are strong enough to carry the series
forward... ...In a clever innovation, the text includes
Briephs's final crosswords, which puzzle buffs can
try to decipher before Rosco and Belle do."
Fowler, author of The Dove in the Window
Crossword Murder is a puzzle lover's delight. With
a touch of suspense, a pinch of romance, and a whole
lot of clever word clues, Blanc has concocted a story
sure to appeal to crossword addicts and cozy lovers
alike. What's a three letter word for this book? F-U-N."
"The Crossword Murder is an inventive, unique novel
that shows there are still many creative ways to distribute
clues to readers. The story line is clever, uncanny,
and entertaining as fans of mysteries solve the puzzles
in order to solve a who-done-it."
Rice - Philadelphia City Paper
"If life were a crossword puzzle, everything
would be black and white. Life and death are a cryptic
- as crossword buffs call them - in The Crossword
Murder... In this mystery, wealthy self-appointed
"genius" crossword author Thompson Briephs is murdered.
He leaves behind five puzzles that may point to his
killer. An eccentric cast of characters (all with
15-letter names to fill an entire line of a puzzle
grid) keep the pot boiling with well-paced breaks
for puzzle solving. But which words in the puzzles
are important clues and which are just... words? ...The
Crossword Murder is good summer entertainment. A romantic
subplot is deftly handled and the settings, particularly
Briephs' kinky (historically dubious) Cretan-maze-mansion,
Bromberg - Romantic Times
Crossword Murder is a witty story of murder and skullduggery.
The crosswords used to solve the crime are included
so that the reader can solve the puzzle and the mystery
right along with the detectives!"
Anderson - Mystery Book Reviews, ABOUT.com
Crossword Murder is more than a gimmick book. There
really is a mystery here, one that would work even
without the inclusion of crossword puzzles. Although
set in the present, there's an old fashioned feel
to this book; it's no coincidence that the pseudonym
chosen by the authors has echoes of Rex Stout, for
the book - from the formality of the dialogue to the
characters' attitudes (Rosco's seems to the first
non-Anglo last name some of these people have ever
encountered) - could easily have been set in the 1930s.
. . . those who miss the way mysteries used to be
should have a fine time getting to know Rosco and
to Crossword Murder