My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.
This is the first book of the Crossword Mysteries written by the couple of writers Cordelia Frances Biddle and Steve Zettler.
The idea used by the authors by making use of the puzzle word is not so original by considering the books written by Herbert Resnicow.
Being a puzzle’s user, I found the proposed puzzles quite confusing once they are used to solve the mystery plot.
A few words a bout the plot itself: Thomas C. Briephs is a rich crossword puzzle editor whose private life is subjected to a constant blackmail.
After his murder, his mother asks the Greek-American private deceptive Rosco to held the investigation.
Through the crossword puzzles, Rosco tries to find some clues to the murder and tries to find out how Annabella Graham, the crossword of another Newcastle paper, could be possible involved in Thomas’ murder.
The narrative is richly filled by dialogues but the authors don’t manage to keep a high level of suspense, on the contrary.
The proposed puzzles are quite confused and it seems they were made by amateurs since they don’t follow the traditional way of make a crossword puzzle.