Search Results: "Joan Hess"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 >