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Sinister Sudoku

by Kaye Morgan

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Ex-convict Chris Dalen, whom Liza Kelly met while teaching a prison sudoku class, is murdered – and his body winds up in the hotel room where our heroine is finding shelter from an Oregon winter storm. The crime that took the victim to prison was the theft of a Mondrian painting worth millions. Dalen never gave up the location of the stolen painting and several treasure hunters are trying to locate it.

An amateur sleuth, Liza is not interested in seeking the murderer until she discovers the victim’s sister is a good friend of hers. So Liza decides to find the murderer and the painting – and give her friend the hefty reward offered by the painting’s insurer. By chance, the same insurance company carried her friend’s homeowner’s insurance – and was none too generous on the widow’s claim for damages. One clue Liza has that the treasure hunters and insurance investigator don’t is a puzzle created by the victim, who was a sudoku whiz kid, for her class. Could the secret of the location be hidden in the 9x9 grid?

Liza Kelly has an interesting life – both on the career and romantic fronts. I like the interplay between her soon-to-be-ex husband and current beau – it makes for some funny moments, although neither man seems exactly Liza’s cup of tea.

I’ve liked Kaye Morgan’s sudoku mysteries – Sinister Sudoku is #3 – from the beginning, giving the first two three-quill ratings. Death by Sudoku and Murder by Numbers were not among the most realistic cozies I’d read, but Kaye Morgan has moved both the quality – and reality factor -- up a notch in Sinister Sudoku. Sinister Sudoku is a quick read, funny, with great characters and a cozy-plausible plot.

By Diana. First published in Mystery News, October-November 2008 edition. ( )
  NewsieQ | Oct 30, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 042522306X, Mass Market Paperback)

Sudoku maven Liza Kelly is conducting classes in a penitentiary, of all places. One of her best students is released, but his freedom doesn’t last long. He’s found dead, leaving his own puzzle for Liza to solve to find the killer—before her number is up.

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Sudoku maven Liza Kelly is conducting classes in a penitentiary, of all places. One of her best students is released, but his freedom doesn't last long. He's found dead, leaving his own puzzle for Liza to solve to find the killer - before her number is up.… (more)

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