Search Results: "Joan Hess"


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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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MULETRAIN TO MAGGODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 2004

"Enough plot and characters for a John Jakes epic. Veteran Maggody-watchers will be amused but a mite shell-shocked."
Under the watchful eye of Stump County Historical Society president Harriet Hathaway, the citizens of Maggody, Arkansas (population 755, at least until Dahlia Buchanon brings her latest pregnancy to term), host a reenactment of the Skirmish at Cotter's Ridge, complete with mules, cannon, and corpses. 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 >

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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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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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BUSY BODIES by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1995

"Die-hard fans may accept the frenetic plotting; others will direct heartfelt sympathies to Lieutenant Peter Rosen."
Farberville, Ark., home to Claire Malloy (Tickled to Death, 1994, etc.)—queen of the busybodies, owner of the local bookstore, and mother of wearing teenager Caron—is agog over the antics of bankable Houston artist Zeno Gorgias. Read full book review >

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PRIDE V. PREJUDICE by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"Even a dreamboat husband and a dream house don't seem to satisfy Claire, whose sulky sense of amour-propre makes her teenage daughter, Caron, seem mature."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (Murder as a Second Language, 2013, etc.) gets pissed off at a local prosecutor. Read full book review >

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A CONVENTIONAL CORPSE by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2000

"First-rate Hess: crackling dialogue, winning characters, and an ingenious puzzle."
Perennially put-upon bookseller Claire Malloy (A Holly, Jolly Murder, 1999, etc.) is marching to an assertive new beat these days. Read full book review >

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MISERY LOVES MAGGODY by Joan Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 1999

"As even the Tunica cops admit, 'This is better than a miniseries.'"
Misery may love Maggody, Ark., but police chief Arly Hanks's mom, Ruby Bee, is itching to leave the no-horse town (pop. 755) together with her crony Estelle Oppers for a pilgrimage to Graceland, complete with stops at Elvis's birthplace in Tupelo, the Elvis museum and chapel, several Elvis souvenir shops, and a climactic dinner with entertainment provided by a bevy of Elvis impersonators. Read full book review >

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MAGGODY AND THE MOONBEAMS by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Even predictable Hess is fun, with smart-mouthed Arly as sassy as ever."
Under normal circumstances, wild horses couldn't induce Maggody's Chief of Police Arly Hanks (murder *************** maggody.com, 1999, etc.) to chaperone a group of hormonal teenagers from the Voice of the Lord Almighty Assembly Hall during their week-long retreat at Camp Pearly Gates. Read full book review >

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MIRACLES IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"It's pretty much the mixture as before, but Hess's legion of fans won't complain: Maggody's a funny, warm-hearted retreat from a cold, hard world."
Once more into the fray with Arly Hanks—divorced, onetime big-city dweller, now chief of police in Maggody, Arkansas, home to a whole passel of off-the-wall citizens (Martians in Maggody, etc.). 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 >