Search Results: "Joan Hess"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"A short but compelling work in praise of its subject."
Veteran biographer Spoto (Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, 2006, etc.) takes a fresh look at the much-analyzed Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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"An engrossing religious and historical account that would make a valuable companion to a high school history unit on Joan of Arc."
Debut YA that fictionalizes the life of Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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MARTIANS IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Even if the Maggody formula—a murder plot and principals from outside, uninterrupted comic relief from regulars too lovable in their cunning stupidity to be suspects—isn't as fresh as it once was, this installment is certified merriment. (Author tour)"
Hess, whose recent chronicles of Maggody (O Little Town of Maggody, 1993, etc.), Ark., have tended to import visitors who made the zany locals act even zanier, strikes a rich lode of lunacy when a mysterious limo marks the advent of a series of UFO sightings and an otherworldly pattern of circles pressed into the cornfield of moonshiner Raz Buchanon, of one the seedier branches of Maggody's First Family. Read full book review >

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O LITTLE TOWN OF MAGGODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"A fast, funny, amiably sardonic look at the forces behind the myths of stardom—and a marvelous treat for Maggody fans (Maggody in Manhattan, etc.)."
The zany citizens of Maggody, Arkansas, now in the grip of a recession, meet the mostly messed-up performers and handlers of the C&W music world when small-time record company executives Pierce and Ripley Keswick decide to polish the tarnished image of their hard-drinking mega-star Matt Montana. Read full book review >

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POISONED PINS by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 12, 1993

"Amiable but often dull fare."
Adventure #8 for Farberville's bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Death by the Light of the Moon, etc.), widowed mother of teenager- from-hell Caron and sometime lover of police lieutenant Peter Rosen. Read full book review >

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DEATH BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 1992

"Whimsy-laden, mildly entertaining, mediocre Hess."
Echoes of Arsenic and Old Lace flutter through this chronicle of the eccentric Malloys of Louisiana. Read full book review >

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MADNESS IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
Released: Jan. 11, 1990

Another jolly episode in the life and times of fey-filled Maggody, Arkansas (Strangled Prose, etc.), where Arly Hanks is police chief and her mother Ruby Bee runs the local bar and grill. Read full book review >

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CLOSELY AKIN TO MURDER by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 1996

"Even Hess's trademark guffaws are only smiles this time. (Mystery Guild selection)"
A shocking wakeup call for Farberville (Ark.) bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Busy Bodies, 1995, etc., etc.)—from her cousin Ronnie Landonwood, presumed dead for 30 years after she admitted killing Hollywood director Oliver Pickett in Acapulco, and now threatened by a blackmailer who's going to expose her all over again. Read full book review >

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MORTAL REMAINS IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 18, 1991

"Some sly, funny barbs at Hollywood pretensions enliven the familiar foibles of Maggody's goofy citizens—and provide another cheerful chapter in this lighthearted series."
Fans of the Hess stories set in Maggody, Arkansas (Strangled Prose, etc.), will readily conjure up the potential for havoc when a sleazy Hollywood crew arrives to film Wild Cherry Wine, another of their not-so-soft-porn productions. Read full book review >

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MURDER AS A SECOND LANGUAGE by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"Claire's 19th case goes on too long, but freed from penury and domestic drudgery, she sparkles."
An Arkansas bookseller discovers the perils of literacy. Read full book review >

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DEADER HOMES & GARDENS by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"In spite of Claire's sardonic wit and the Hollows' zaniness, Hess' latest is all too predictable, bringing sad truth to Claire's constant refrain: 'if this were a mystery novel...'"
Finding her dream house turns into a nightmare for Arkansas bookseller Claire Malloy (Damsels in Distress, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MERRY WIVES OF MAGGODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2010

"The mystery's strictly pitch-and-putt stuff, but as always, it's the Buchanon shenanigans that are the true delight."
A golf tournament brings nothing but headaches for Maggody's rather preoccupied chief of police. Read full book review >