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The Puzzle Lady vs. The Sudoku Lady: A Puzzle Lady Mystery (Puzzle Lady #11)

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  310 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
It’s the battle of the century when Minami, the Sudoku Lady, shows up in Bakerhaven, Connecticut, to meet Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady, whose sudoku books have just edged Minami’s off of the Japanese bestseller list. Before the rivals have a chance to square off, a killer strikes, and a sudoku puzzle is found at the scene of the murder. Now it’s a fight to the finish to se ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Miranda Beverly-Gill
I have read all the puzzle lady books, I'm just not sure why. They're all terrible. This newest one is a convoluted mess, there are no clues to help you figure out who did it, and when you do find out at the end, it's just some random peripheral character with the weakest of motivations. The book is all talk and no action, which would be fine except that the dialogue is some of the worst I've ever read. Whoever Parnell Hall's editor is, they should be fired. No one talks the way they do in this ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Originally liked this series a lot. Funny, irreverent, down-to-earth...Can that wear thin? Am I getting old? Cora seems to be getting annoying, rather than the independent, free-spirit I thought she was. I used to enjoy how "real" Cora was. Now, she seems to be so self-centered, deceitful and conniving. What happened?

This is a lighter mystery. Lighter mysteries have their place; I often enjoy them. I'm not sure why this was just a tad unsatisfactory - maybe I've moved on in a sense. Too much lev
Jan 25, 2011 Darlene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish the book. The inane way Minami created theories of the murder were totally incredible and,this is just a quibble, I had a hard time with two Japanese ladies getting together for dinner and speaking English. This was too much so I put it down. It was too much to swallow the murder theories plus characters who are forced to follow a plot rather than unveiling the plot.
I did enjoy the first in the book in the "Puzzle Lady" series. I wish I could have enjoyed this one.
With all the vast number of books that exist in the world, it is always a puzzle to find one to read despite the fact that my taste in reading are so catholic that I can almost walk up to any bookcase and pick any book and enjoy it. That is almost what happened here -- I was at the library looking to see if there were any Charlaine Harris books on the shelves that I have not yet read, and as a word on the title spine of a book on the next higher shelf deep out of me. The word, of course, was sud ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tristan Macavery
I don't think there's any such thing as a Puzzle Lady mystery that doesn't, at the very least, keep you laughing throughout. Parnell Hall is a master of the ping-pong conversation, in some instances even surpassing Lawrence Block (sorry, Larry, gotta share the limelight a bit). In this, the eleventh in the series (the first is A Clue for the Puzzle Lady), the brilliantly volatile Cora Felton -- famous as the Puzzle Lady, despite the fact that she couldn't solve one if she wanted to, and that her ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Earl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I can't believe "The Puzzle Lady vs. The Sudoku Lady" is the eleventh book in Parnell Hall's Puzzle Lady mysteries! While the books can seem a bit formulaic after awhile, the characters and fun dialogue are what keeps me coming back for more. As much as I love crosswords, I don't even bother to try and solve the ones in the books anymore as I'm too impatient to get on with the story. A treat for puzzle lovers is that many big names are involved in the constructing and editing of those found in t ...more
Cora Felton, the Puzzle Lady, finds herself challenged to a sudoku duel when Minami, the Sudoku Lady, comes from Japan after Cora’s sudoku book tops her own on the Japanese bestseller list. When several deaths occur, the first possibly accidental and the others murder, the two race to outdo each other and solve the crime, and the acerbic Cora becomes annoyed as Minami always seems to be one step ahead of her. When Minami ends up in jail after Cora accidentally frames her, Cora feels compelled to ...more
Cora Felton, who's famed for constructing crossword puzzles but who prefers sudoku, is surprised by a visit from a Japanese sudoku constructor, and even more displeased when Minami challenges her to solve a crime. There's a dead woman in Bakerhaven, but everyone, including the ever-suspicious Cora, is sure that it's an accident. When another woman dies, a sudoku is found by her body, and the police arrest Minami. Cora knows that the woman is innocent, but how can she prove it? And Cora's friendl ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Cora Felton meets her Japanese counterpart as a mysterious death happens in town. Now it's a race for honor to solve the crime. There's plenty of humor in this book, and the story is pretty good. But the characters are getting stale, especially Dennis. Enjoyable, but most for the fans.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jun 12, 2010 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This was a quick read, that's all that I can say to recommend it. I have read all of the Puzzle Lady books and for the most part they have been 2-3 stars. This was no different. The whole book was so convoluted that I almost gave it a one star--and I may go back and change it to that at some point. I like the main character, Cora and that is the only reason I keep reading the series. This one makes me want to change my mind about continuing the series.
Brenda Kirton
Jan 04, 2012 Brenda Kirton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Fast paced dialogue, in a challenging mystery and a heroine that doesn't get herself in stupid situations. Well except for having to clear her rival on murder charges that she accidentally framed her for, and maybe one or two other minor ones. But not really stupid ones. Any ways as I was saying fast paced, witty, zany they all come to mind with this book. Hard to put down.
Mark Ballinger
May 19, 2010 Mark Ballinger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm not a fan of this class of tidy murder mystery stories. This book included Will Shortz puzzles that were worked into the story, so that was a small draw. The puzzles were too easy, and the story was only okay. Not sure I liked the portrayal of the Japanese "Sudoku Lady." I'll try to remember to avoid this genre in the future.
Aug 13, 2010 Lynnea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a really stupid book... not sure why or how I read the whole thing. I was drawn to it on the library shelf because of its unique title and its label "Christian Fiction." It is NOT Christian Fiction - that is an error on the library's part.
Anyway, it gets two stars instead of just one because it was obviously good enough that I read the whole thing... but I don't recommend it!
Mar 27, 2010 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-mystery
Very witty. Cora gets a taste of her own medicine with a Japanese versin of herself sticking hr nose into what she would term "her" business. lol I must say I'm tired of the Dennis character. I think it's time to make him the next victim with Aaron as the prime suspect. lol
Jul 10, 2014 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would enjoy this book, as I am a puzzle fanatic. But I found that the writing style (almost exclusively dialogue) made it hard to get into the story. I finished the book, but only because I challenge myself to not abandon books.
May 13, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book from the puzzle lady mysteries and it made me laugh so much. I really did enjoy it.
I look forward to reading more from this author for more good laughs. I was reading this during my lunch break at work and I had a good time at work because of the book. :)
Michael crage
I was very disappointed in this book. As a matter in fact before I wrote this review, I checked to be sure it was not written for the pre-teen audience. It was not, but them quality of the book made me think so. It was poorly written, poorly constructed, and poorly plotted.
Diane Heath
Apr 19, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Cora's Japanese counterpart comes to America. Minami is known in Japan as The Sudoku Lady. She is visiting America along with her niece. Murders occur in Bakerhaven. Sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles play a role. The Sudoku Lady is arrested and Cora has a dilemma or two to resolve
Mar 23, 2010 Linnae rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Only 2 stars, simply because it seemed like most of the book was Cora talking, rather than doing. The courtroom scene particularly dragged--unfortunately it was the scene used to solve the mystery and finish up the book. Some of her others are better.
Brenda Sharp
Jul 08, 2016 Brenda Sharp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Sudoku Lady and that she and Cora shared the same secret--their nieces wrote their columns/books and they couldn't do them at all with the exception that Cora did all the Sudoku as Sherry can only do crosswords.
May 01, 2012 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series and think that the "Puzzle Lady" is a hoot as was the "Sudoku Lady" but I thought that the ending was hard to believe even in a cozy mystery.
Jul 11, 2010 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish this book. It is for the most part written in dialog, which I find tedious. When time comes for the movie only stage directions will be necessary.
Nov 15, 2011 Violetta marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Found this at my library's book sale, and it was surprisingly intact! No one had touched the puzzles in the book. I had to have it!
It's been a while since I read one of these and I found it to be interesting. Typical wind up style but still, that was fun.
Sep 23, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-mystery
Lots of laughs and hijinks, and Cora successfully defends her views in a court of law, despite objections from the judge and the prosecutor.
Nov 17, 2010 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, mystery
most of the book is written in dialog- very witty dialog! Easy read. Cora is a bit like Grandma Mauzer from the Stephanie Plum books. A fun comedic mystery!
Beth rated it it was ok
Mar 09, 2015
Martha Grace
Aug 26, 2013 Martha Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Martha by: large print new book shelf
An interesting twist -now I want to go back to the beginning.
Julia rated it did not like it
Aug 30, 2013
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