Search Results: "Joan Hess"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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OUT ON A LIMB by Joan Hess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"A lot more antic than Claire's usual fare, though fans looking for a more successful mixture of mystery and farce should wait for Hess's next dispatch from Maggody, Arkansas, miles and worlds away from Claire's Fayetteville."
Bookseller Claire Malloy (A Conventional Corpse, 2000, etc.) knows when her daughter has a real problem and when she's just acting like a teenager. 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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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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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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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 >

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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 >