Cozy by Parnell Hall
A Stanley Hastings Mystery

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In this new Stanley Hastings mystery novel, the put-upon New York private investigator is vacationing at the Blue Frog Ponds Inn, a trendy New England bed-and-breakfast, with his wife, Alice. The cheerless room with its paper-thin walls, no TV, and a blue cartoon frog on the door does nothing for Stanley's spirits or his libido. Besides all that, someone has started bumping off the guests. Worse still, the first murder happened right under Stanley's nose, so he finds himself a key witness if not a prime suspect. Back home in New York City Stanley could call upon his friends on the police force to help him solve the crime, but not at Blue Frog Ponds. Here he has only his wits, his wife, and a cat -- all of which he'll need if he's to catch a killer before the culprit strikes very close to home.
 

About Parnell Hall

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Parnell Hall is a part-time actor, a former private detective, and full-time writer of novels and screenplays. He writes the Stanley Hastings mystery novels, the Steve Winslow courtroom dramas, and the Puzzle Lady mysteries. He has been nominated for the Edgar, Shamus, and Lefty awards. He also writes under the pseudonym J. P. Hailey. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Orion. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Fortified by his two-volume sojourn among the Puzzle Lady and her neighbors in Bakerhaven, Connecticut (Last Puzzle and Testament, 2000, etc.), Hall plucks personal-injury shamus Stanley Hastings from Gotham’s mean streets, where his clients are forever slipping and falling, and packs him off on ...

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Still, the pouring onto the stage of youngsters from the Ailey School, dancing their hearts out in their big moment, was as deeply affecting as ever, particularly in its suggestion of the continuity of the Ailey tradition.

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Other new songs, like the ballads ''A Tree on Allenwood'' and ''The Evening of My Best Day,'' tried to find solace amid mourning, while ''Mink Coat at the Bus Stop'' switched between a blues stomp and a gentler benediction as it sketched down-and-out characters and then decided, ''Everyone needs ...

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Unfortunately, after all his tiring hiking and less than romantic nights at the Blue Frogs Inn with its paper-thin walls, Stanley finds himself on a busman's holiday when two guests at the B and B are murdered.

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'The Body in the Boudoir' is the twentieth installment in the Agatha Award-winning Faith Fairchild mystery series by Katherine Hall Page that provides mystery, suspense, drama, fashion and food.

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COSTA MESA — Shirley Horn is a master of intimacy.

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