Review of Punning With Scissors



Quinn Carr has been quietly creating crosswords for the Chestnut Station Chronicle in her small Colorado town since she was in high school, but she has yet to solve the puzzle of how to make a living from her passion. So she lives with her parents and works at the local diner, catering to regulars like The Retireds, a charming if cantankerous crew of elderly men. The most recent member to join the group is a recently retired tailor, the unfortunately named Hugh Pugh.


But Hugh’s misfortune dramatically increases when he’s arrested for stabbing his husband with a pair of fabric shears. With a cryptic crossword clue left at the crime scene, Quinn seems tailor-made for solving this murder. The local police may be determined to pin the crime on the kindly tailor, but Quinn will use her penchant for puzzles and what her therapist calls her “obsessive coping mechanism” to get the clues to line up and catch the real culprit—before the killer boxes her in. . . . (  Goodreads)


This time around, one of the Retireds from the restaurant is accused of killing their spouse.  Quinn does not know him well, but she can tell how much he loved his husband and feels that they have the wrong person.  She is going to work very hard to prove this and see that justice is served. She will need the help of her friend, Rico, who happens to be a policeman, to get to the bottom of this.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions took me on an adventurous ride with Quinn and Rico.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am sure that Quinn and Rico will find another mystery to solve in the next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Punning with Scissors (A Crossword Puzzle Mystery Book 2) by [Becky Clark]