Title: Punning with Scissors
Author: Becky Clark
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Page Count: 193
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
1 DOWN: A PERSON OF INTEREST
Quinn Carr has been quietly creating crosswords for the Chestnut Station Chronicle in her small Colorado town since she was in high school, but she has yet to solve the puzzle of how to make a living from her passion. So she lives with her parents and works at the local diner, catering to regulars like The Retireds, a charming if cantankerous crew of elderly men. The most recent member to join the group is a recently retired tailor, the unfortunately named Hugh Pugh.
4-LETTER WORD FOR “IMPALE”
But Hugh’s misfortune dramatically increases when he’s arrested for stabbing his husband with a pair of fabric shears. With a cryptic crossword clue left at the crime scene, Quinn seems tailor-made for solving this murder. The local police may be determined to pin the crime on the kindly tailor, but Quinn will use her penchant for puzzles and what her therapist calls her “obsessive coping mechanism” to get the clues to line up and catch the real culprit—before the killer boxes her in. . . .
Punning with Scissors by Becky Clark is the secon book in the cozy Crossword Puzzle Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries each book of the series will contain it’s own mystery that is solved within so it can be enjoyed as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. The character development that happens in each book however will carry over for those that continue to read the series.
The Crossword Puzzle Mystery series introduces readers to Quinn Carr who suffers from a mild case of OCD. Quinn’s original plans for her life didn’t quite work out so now she’s trying to get her life on the right track. Quinn has a day job working at the local diner for an eccentric boss and a side job of creating crosswords for the local paper.
Quinn has kept her job at the diner despite her having to search for a murderer to clear her boss’s name. Now she’s getting a little more comfortable in the day to day including getting to know her customers including a group of elderly men Quinn refers to as the retireds. When one of the retireds, Hugh Pugh, is arrested for murder Quinn is sure he can’t be the real killer so she again uses her time to search for more suspects and her crosswords to point the police in the right direction.
Being a huge fan of quirky and humorous cozies I was hooked when I read the first book of the Crossword Puzzle Mystery series and still felt the same after reading the second. Quinn definitely fits the mold of a quirky character with a naive charm about her and now this second book added my favorite of involving a cute critter with Quinn dog sitting. I also enjoy Quinn’s connection to a police officer in the stories to help her along the way. Definitely will continue on with the cute series in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Becky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Her stout-hearted dog keeps her safe from menacing squirrels, leaves, and deer, but not plastic bags. Those things are terrifying.
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