Poisoned Pins

A Claire Malloy Mystery

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 8 of 20)

Joan Hess

Minotaur Books

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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, Caron, has just been recruited by the Kappa Theta Eta girls—whose sorority house is next door to the Malloys’—to be a consultant for the cosmetics empire My Beautiful Self, Inc. At the very least, Claire can get a little help with those fine lines around her eyes…but at what cost?

Turns out there’s a high price to pay to look one’s best. After a series of dangerous and suspicious incidents, including a hit-and-run “accident” that kills a sorority sister, it becomes clear to Claire that the beauty business in Farberville, Arkansas, is getting pretty ugly—and with every new makeover another dark circle rises from beneath the surface….

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Praise for Poisoned Pins

“Lively, sharp, irreverent.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
 “Larcenous shenanigans…breezy throughout.”
Chicago Tribune
 
“A wildly entertaining series.”
Mystery Scene
 
PRAISE FOR JOAN HESS AND THE CLAIRE MALLOY SERIES
 
“Refreshing…blends humor, eccentric characters, familiar emotions, and plot twists into an enjoyable lark.”—Nashville Banner on Poisoned Pins
 
“A colorful kaleidoscope of plotting and clues…undeniably funny.”—Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Poisoned Pins
 
“A winning blend of soft-core feminism, trendy subplots, and a completely irreverent style that characterizes both the series and the sleuth.”—Houston Chronicle
 
“With her wry asides, Claire makes a most engaging narrator. The author deftly juggles the various plot strands…the surprising denouement comes off with éclat.”—Publishers Weekly on Out on a Limb
 
“You can’t go wrong with a Joan Hess novel.”—Mystery Lovers Bookshop News
 
“If you’ve never spent time with Claire and her crew, I feel sorry for you. Stop reading this nonsense and hop to it. You’ll see wit and humanity all wrapped up in a nifty murder mystery.”
—Harlan Coben, author of Just One Look
 
 “Joan Hess is one of the best mystery writers in the world. She makes it look so easy that few readers and fewer critics realize what a rare talent hers is.”—Elizabeth Peters, author of Guardian of the Horizon
 
“Joan Hess is seriously funny. Moreover, she is seriously kind as well as clever when depicting the follies, foibles, and fantasies of our lives. Viva Joan!”—Carolyn Hart, author of Death of the Party
 
“Fresh and funny…her trademark humor is stamped on every page.”—Publishers Weekly, on The Goodbye Body
 
“Breezy and delightful…Claire Malloy is one of the most engaging narrators in mystery.”
The Drood Review
 
“Hess is one very funny woman.”—Susan Dunlap, former president of Sisters in Crime
 
“Amiable entertainment with an edge.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Joan Hess

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.

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Poisoned Pins
A Claire Malloy Mystery
Joan Hess

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312349172
ISBN10: 0312349173
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 272 pages
$6.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429940078
ISBN10: 1429940077
272 pages
$7.99
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