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Cozy: A Stanley Hastings Mystery Hardcover – July 10, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Ingenious plotting and a hefty dose of humor offset an underlying silliness in Edgar and Shamus-nominee Hall's 14th novel featuring his New York City PI, Stanley Hastings (Detective; Murder; Blackmail; etc.). Stanley and his henpecking wife, Alice, slip away for a week's vacation in the New Hampshire mountains while their son, Tommie, goes off to his first sleep-away camp in Vermont. 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. The first victim, gorgeous blonde Christine, is poisoned in the middle of the cocktail hour while sharing a booth with lean, handsome Lars her boyfriend (or is it husband?). Just a day or two later a nosy tourist, Mrs. McInnerny, is found in her room with a kitchen knife sticking out of her chest. Since Pinehurst, the local police chief, is incompetent, Stanley must take over the investigation. Eventually, a frisky dog and a dour cat come into the picture, not to mention blue frogs of every nature, particularly those on the guest-room doors. The coziness often verges on gooeyness, while the author makes no effort to convey the beauty of the mountain setting. The book's real strength is its plot, which has a certain crazed logic that will keep most readers turning the pages. The B and B chef's yummy recipes are also a plus.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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In his 14th outing, Stanley Hastings (Movie) and wife Alice vacation in New England but find themselves suspect when someone begins killing guests at their bed-and-breakfast. Caught without his usual New York police support group, Hastings must deal with the local chief. A good choice for most libraries.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Stanley Hastings Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf; 1st Carroll & Graf ed edition (July 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786708743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786708741
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,475,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Parnell's back from filming leopards and wild dogs in Botswana. While he was gone, his new book, Safari, featuring private eye Stanley Hastings, got a good review in the New York Times. His Next Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mystery, Puzzled Indemnity, will be out in January.

The first 15 out-of-print Stanley Hastings private eye novels are now on kindle, including the Edgar and Shamus nominated DETECTIVE and the Shamus and Lefty nominee MOVIE.

The 5 Steve Winslow courtroom dramas (THE BAXTER TRUST, THE ANONYMOUS CLIENT, etc), are on kindle, as well as the 6th, never-before-published novel, THE INNOCENT WOMAN.

Parnell is a former President of the Private Eye Writers of America, and a member of Sisters in Crime. He lives in New York City.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Thornton on December 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating story of murder and mystery among strangers.
Parnell Hall has written another well-loved Stanley Hastings mystery. Private detective Stanley Hastings and his wife, Alice, have just taken a vacation to relax when strange things begin to happen. On a hiking trip Stanley meets lots of new people who all turn out to stay in the same inn where he's vacationing. This seems strange to Stanley, but he doesn't mind until someone begins killing the guests one by one, bringing his vacation plans to an end. The officer investigating the murders suspects everyone, even Stanley, until all clues lead to the arrest of one of the other guests. Believing the guest to be innocent, the Hastings try to find the real murderer.
If you are looking for a book that will keep you guessing and that has a twisting plot, this is the book for you. It has interesting characters and a surprise ending that will make you unable to put this book down. So settle in for an evening of mystery.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kent Braithwaite on June 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a mystery writer with a book in its initial release, I have long admired Parnell Hall's work because of his unique approach to the mystery genre. His style and voice are entirely his own. COZY, his new Stanley Hastings outing, perfectly illustrates what I admire about Hall and his writing. Hastings and his wife travel to a New Hampshire bed and breakfast where a series of homicides immediately begin to occur. The local police, in the manner of the long history of cozies, mishandle every clue. Hastings finds that he must solve the crimes in this well-plotted mystery. COZY is a solid work by a solid writer who keeps his tone light and his approach, in this book, breezy. I recommend COZY highly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Winch on July 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The fun starts the moment that Stanley and Alice check into the Blue Frog Inn and doesn't stop until the improbable(or just goofy)conclusion. I've read all of the books in this series and while this is a little different from most it is just zany enough to keep you reading. It involves two murders, a small town sheriff who doesn't have a clue and a little bit of everything for everyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun light mystery to read.
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