April 08, 2011
I like doing crossword puzzles. I’m not great at it. I’ve tried some of the New York Times Puzzles and have been puzzled by words in the descriptions that I have never heard, but still I like working various ones. If anybody were to tell me that I am wasting my time, there are many research papers on Alzheimer’s and memory loss that recommend puzzles as a way to keep one’s brain sharp and active.
Recently, I was tickled to check out an eBook from Overdrive called Puzzled to Death by Parnell Hall. It is about a woman (Cora Felton) who poses as a puzzle maker who lives with her niece (who is the actual puzzle maker). Cora loves to help solve mysteries (which are a puzzle in themselves). There are puzzles throughout the book that are clues to the mystery. Of course, to be able to work the puzzles I would have had to copy them by hand, since it would be hard to put my eReader on the copy machine. So, I just waited until the characters solved them.
I liked the book so much that I have checked out another one (this time in actual book form since Puzzled to Death is the only one available on Overdrive). I think I will photocopy the puzzles and see if I can figure out who the murderer is before Cora does.
Blue Ridge Branch