Search Results: "Joan Hess"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGGODY MILITIA by Joan Hess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1997

"Here, the demented militants, with their minor- key echoes of the natives' craziness, makes an offer you can't refuse."
The latest dispatch from Maggody, Ark., shows the town besieged by militant survivalists who'd be more threatening if their incompetence didn't rival the burlesque follies of the natives. 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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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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TICKLED TO DEATH by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 1994

"There's more, much more, in this quagmire of a plot, bogged down with paper-thin characters, heavy-handed whimsy, a denouement that defies belief, and a heroine who grows ever more unappealing. (Author tour)"
A ninth adventure for Farberville's nosy bookstore owner Claire Malloy (Poisoned Pins, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAGGODY IN MANHATTAN by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"Die-hard fans will probably love it."
Arly Hanks, Police Chief of Maggody, Arkansas, is forced out of her sleepy everyday routine after Ruby Bee, her diner-owner mom, wins a trip to New York as a finalist in the Krazy Koko-Nut cooking contest. Read full book review >

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THE GOODBYE BODY by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 18, 2005

"A deluge of puzzlement, somewhat unevenly distributed, but leavened as always by Claire's ready wit."
Claire Malloy (Out on a Limb, 2002, etc.) house-sits for a friend who turns out to be one shady lady. 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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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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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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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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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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DAMSELS IN DISTRESS by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2007

"Quite below average."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (The Goodbye Body, 2005, etc.) passes the time during her fiancé's visit to his mother by doing everything she can think of to annoy him. Read full book review >