Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Serial Killer Sudoku -
Author: Shelley Freydont
Publisher: Running Press
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New Hampshire
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Shelley's Website: www.shelleyfreydont.com
I have been waiting to review this book for a while as I did reviews for Ms. Freydont's previous Sudoku books. The scene is a small town in New Hampshire, the hometown where Katie McDonald grew up. Katie was and is a genius level student and had worked in a think tank in Washington, DC as a mathematician. She was always into solving all kinds of puzzles and her mentor, P.T. Avondale, who had a puzzle museum in town asked her to come back and help him solve a personal problem he was having at the museum. Long story short: the gentleman was killed in the first book The Sudoku Murder and Katie decided to stay to try and help solve the case. She ended up taking over the museum and bringing it back to it's original glory in the second volume Sudden Death Sudoku. Unfortunately, there are a couple of murders and Katie is once again pulled into helping. This happens much to the chagrin of a new Chief of Police from Boston who was looking for a smaller town without very much violence. Katie also has Aunt Pru, who is trying to marry Katie off but, definitely not to the Police Chief.
Now, on to the new book Serial Killer Sudoku!!! In town, the locals are still very skeptical of Police Chief Mitchell, even though he has been there for quite a while and kept the town safe. When a body shows up behind a local restaurant that is clearly a murder and not a suicide the whole town is sure that Katie will solve the case. Katie is adamant and insisting that she will not get involved. Chief Mitchell, who is developing a bit of a crush on Katie tells her to stay out of the whole thing and let him handle it. To top it all off, there is a serial killer on the loose in Boston and recently it’s been reported that he is headed toward the New Hampshire line. This killer seems to know Katie and her talents with puzzles and sends her clues that can be used to solve the killings. The Police Chief is hurt in an accident and Katie takes it upon herself to try and solve the case. There is another murder and Katie is trying with the help of a high school boy who lives with the chief and a former partner of the chief from Boston. There are lot of characters involved but a solution finally found that will surprise all readers. Before ending this I have to tell you about a new owner of the town paper. He is a real muckraker and along with his cameraman is always in the middle of all conversations and getting all the dirt even if he has to make it up himself. Just like the National Enquirer. All readers who either love or hate reporters will get a kick out of this guy. A really interesting new character, Ms. Freydont!!!! Can't wait to see the next one.
These books are clearly so very charming and the author has a way with words (and puzzles) that make them must-reads. Readers that enjoy a good murder mystery, or a cozy mystery will find these books so very entertaining. And, of course the Sudoku addicts out there have puzzles beginning every chapter to enjoy. Shelley Freydont is one of my favorites and I'm sure that she will soon be a favorite of many. For all mystery and puzzle lovers this is for you.
I'll talk to you soon,
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