Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Purloined Swizzle”

A stolen puzzle. A bloody knife. A dead body.

I think the Puzzle Lady could use a drink! And what better drink than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—”The Purloined Swizzle” cocktail, inspired by Parnell Hall's 19th Puzzle Lady Mystery, The Purloined Puzzle!

In The Purloined Puzzle by Parnell Hall, amateur sleuth and crossword impresario Cora Felton is asked to solve a puzzle, only to find that it’s been stolen―and a murder weapon has been left in its place (available March 13, 2018).

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When the obnoxious sixteen-year-old Peggy Dawson asks Cora Felton to solve a puzzle for her, Cora is delighted to find that the puzzle has been stolen. She is less delighted, however, when a blood-stained knife is found in its place.

Soon a body is discovered in the middle of Main Street, and Cora has a murder investigation on her hands. It does not help matters when she hears that her least favorite ex-husband, Melvin, is in town pulling a real estate scam, particularly when she discovers that Melvin may have purchased the knife. Now it’s up to the Puzzle Lady to figure out what really happened.

Read an excerpt from The Purloined Puzzle!


“The Purloined Swizzle”


– 1 1/2 oz. dark rum
– 1 1/2 oz. gold rum
– 2  oz. pineapple juice
– 2 oz. orange juice
– 1/4 oz. grenadine
– 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing tin with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass (or tiki glass, if you prefer) over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with any citrus or tropical fruits you'd like.

So have a few “The Purloined Swizzle” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Parnell Hall's The Purloined Puzzle today!


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Parnell Hall is the co-author of the New York Timesbestselling Teddy Fay thrillers. He is the author of the Puzzle Lady mysteries, the Stanley Hastings private eye novels, and the Steve Winslow courtroom thrillers. He is a Shamus Award winner, and has been nominated for the Edgar and the Lefty. He lives in New York City.