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Joan Hess

Joan Hess
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JOAN HESS is the author of both the Claire Malloy and the Maggody mystery series. She is a winner of the American Mystery Award, a member of Sisters in Crime, and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Joan Hess

Photo: Charles E. Roberts

Joan Hess

Claire Malloy Mysteries 1-3

Claire Malloy Mysteries 1-3

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks

In the small and colorful town of Farberville, Arkansas, widow and single mother Claire Malloy struggles with keeping her small local bookstore in the black, with the drama of her young teenage daughter...

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Pride v. Prejudice

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks

"Claire Malloy is one of the most engaging narrators in mystery."-Deadly Pleasures

Claire Malloy has always been known in Farberville, Arkansas, as the owner of the Book...

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Deader Homes and Gardens

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Claire Malloy discovers that house-hunting can be murder—literally—in the latest entry in Joan Hess's "wildly entertaining series." (Mystery Scene)

Back from her somewhat unusual...

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The Merry Wives of Maggody

Arly Hanks Mystery

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin

Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is perceived as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But the mayor's wife, Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon, seeks to change that perception with her latest scheme: a...

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Tickled to Death

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Murder is no laughing matter—especially when it comes to marriage. So before Luanne gets in too deep with her new flame, a dentist named Dick, she'd like her best friend to do a background check....

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Closely Akin to Murder

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

At first it seems like a prank. How could Veronica Landonwood be the voice on the other end of the phone when she died three decades ago? But as Arkansas bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy...

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Busy Bodies

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Since his recent arrival, avant-garde artist Zeno Gorgias has been turning heads and attracting gawkers in the otherwise tame college town of Farberville Arkansas. Zeno's "interactive" art—featuring...

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Mummy Dearest

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

After a somewhat long and, at times, strange courtship, Claire Malloy -- a single, widowed mother of a teenage daughter and a bookseller in Farberville, Arkansas - has finally said 'I do' to her...

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Damsels in Distress

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

A Renaissance Fair is coming to the relatively quiet college town of Farberville Arkansas, which is not the sort of news that usually sets local bookseller Claire Malloy's heart racing. But with...

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Poisoned Pins

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Claire Malloy loves her life. But how did it go by so fast? A bookstore owner, part-time sleuth, and full-time single mother, Claire is about to turn the big four-oh! Good thing her teenage daughter,...

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Dear Miss Demeanor

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Agatha Award-winning author Joan Hess, the prolific creator of the Claire Malloy and Maggody mysteries, is beloved for her clever sleuths, quirky characters, and her ingenious plotting. We invite...

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Death by the Light of the Moon

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Things that go bump in the Bayou...
For bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy getting a root canal beats going to a Malloy family reunion. But it is time her fifteen-year-old daughter...

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A Really Cute Corpse

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

When Claire Malloy's best friend Luanne Bradshaw goes down with a badly sprained ankle, someone must fill in her shoes as Thurberfest beauty Pageant coordinator and usher a bevy of aspiring beauty...

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A Holly, Jolly Murder

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin

THE GIFT THAT GIVES ON GIVING. . .
With Farberville's college on holiday break, Claire Malloy's bookstore is quiet . . . deadly quiet. Breaking the silence is a little old lady looking...

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The Goodbye Body

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Claire Malloy runs a bookstore in the normally quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas - an enterprise which provides the verging-on-meager living for her and her deeply sarcastic teenage daughter...

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Roll Over and Play Dead

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Murder is going to the dogs. . .

Bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy has donned another hat (or is that a collar?)-as a petsitter extraordinaire. Her furry charges are Miss Emily...

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Out on a Limb

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Farberville, Arkansas is normally a quiet college town, where bookseller Claire Malloy tends her small store and raises her somewhat dramatic teenage daughter Caron. But this week, it's gone a bit...

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A Diet to Die For

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Claire Malloy believes there is just one thing better than chocolate...and it's not jumping a round in an aerobics class. Nonetheless, she gets roped into accompanying a chubby heiress named Maribeth...

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A Conventional Corpse

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Farberville, Arkansas is playing host to its first ever mystery convention. Sponsored by the Thurber Farber Foundation and held at Farber College, Murder Comes to Campus is playing host to five major...

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Strangled Prose

Claire Malloy Mysteries

Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks

She would have killed for a bestseller--but someone beat her to it...

Professor of Passion, the smutty new romance from Mildred Twiller--a.k.a. Azalea Twilight--isn't the kind of book Claire...

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