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The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers

"Puzzle along with a community of eccentrics trying to help a young man solve a crossword that will reveal his lost past, and teach him the secrets to a good life"

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‘Life is more complicated than any challenge I could set. Each of the solutions that make up this grid are the foundations of a fulfilling life, a happy life. So don’t just solve these clues, seek them out, experience them.’ 

If you like stories of communities of kindly eccentrics, you’ll enjoy meeting the uniquely clever and quirky fellowship – a cast who includes a labyrinth maker, jigsaw illustrator, wartime code-cracker, and, centrally, to Clay, a 25-year-old man who grew up with these fellows for adoptive family. 

We open with the funeral of matriarch and founder of the Fellowship, Pippa, who was also an adoptive mother to old-before-his-time Clay. Her last gift to Clay is also her last puzzle – a crossword which has clues to help him find his biological parents and secret to his past, if he wants to solve them. I think fans of cosy crime who want some time away from murders will enjoy pursuing the story of how Clay came to be adopted by the Fellowship of Puzzlemakers. 

Throughout there are real embedded puzzles – crosswords, anagrams, etc – which the reader can play along with. (I confess I am generally incompetent at puzzles, so can confirm you can also engage in the story without needing to pause to fiddle about with these clues if you don’t want to!) 

Lily Lindon

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