Last Will and Puzzlement

To claim their inheritance, the twins must solve a series of carefully-crafted puzzles.

New York Book Festival Award


New York Book Festival Award

Evie, beloved grandmother of Ruby and twin brother Roddy, has rocked leopard-print leggings and sipped minty Grasshoppers for the last time. After eighty-six full-throttle years, Evie screeched into death, but not before creating a funerary adventure.

To honor her last wishes and claim their inheritance, the twins must solve a series of carefully-crafted puzzles. The solutions lead them throughout Lancaster County, PA and back in time to the era of rollicking speakeasies. Their discoveries become increasingly concerning and the whiff of murder swirls in the air. The final revelation is a bombshell and their lives will never be the same.

What People Say

Surprise after surprise kept me turning the pages of this cozy mystery. I guzzled the minty Grasshoppers, lusted after the luncheons, and craved the cookies as I solved one puzzle after the next with our twin guides, Ruby and Roddy. Who was their grandmother, Evie? Magnanimous? Marvelous? Murderous? This novel will keep you guessing. ~Robert Hankes, author

In Last Will and Puzzlement, Nordhoff creates memorable characters faced with unexpected twists with eachturn of the page. Truly an enjoyable read. – T. M. Crone, Writer of speculative fiction

Last Will and Puzzlement is an enjoyable story with laugh-out-loud humor. Readers will have fun trying tosolve the mystery alongside the main characters.~ Rob Teplitz, writer and Pennwriters Area 5 Rep




Melissa Nordhoff






6 x 9

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About the Author

Melissa Nordhoff writes from her home in Lancaster County, PA with her Basset Hound writing partner, Annie. When not creating mysteries, she enjoys stand-up paddle boarding and hiking. Melissa loves hearing from readers! Connect at