Deader Homes and Gardens

A Claire Malloy Mystery

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 18 of 20)

Joan Hess

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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 honeymoon, Claire Malloy must face the harsh reality of life with her new husband, police chief Peter Rosen, and her teenage daughter Caron—three people simply can’t fit into her cosy two bedroom apartment. After a week of fruitless looking, she finally finds the perfect
place—a well preserved large house on a large plot of land in an area called Hollow Valley. There are only a few problems. Such as the real estate agent disappeared mid-showing and hasn’t been seen since. And the last owner died in circumstances labeled ’accidental’ but were actually both ’mysterious’ and ’dubious’. The family that owned the estate is now suing the lover of the dead owner over the rights to the property. Oh, and it isn’t really for sale. When the previous owner’s lover dies practically at her feet, Claire decides to take matters into her own hands. After all, to get the house of her dreams, first she has to find a killer. And all’s fair in love, war, and real estate.

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“A house, a house, my kingdom for a house,” I muttered as I crammed a pair of dirty jeans and several shirts under the bed. The bedroom floor still resembled an archipelago of discarded clothes. The hamper was draped with smelly socks and unmentionables. I tripped on a size-twelve sneaker, paused in midair to wonder if I could stuff it down the garbage disposal (had the garbage disposal worked, which it hadn’t in a decade), and stumbled into the bookcase. Paperbacks felleth like the gentle rain upon the place beneath.

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"A wildly entertaining series." -- Mystery Scene
 
"Breezy and delightful...one of the most engaging narrators in mystery." -- Deadly Pleasures

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Joan Hess

JOAN HESS is the author of both the Arly Hanks and the Claire Malloy mystery series, most recently Mummy Dearest. She now lives in Austin, Texas.

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Deader Homes and Gardens
A Claire Malloy Mystery
Joan Hess

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
February 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429950749
ISBN10: 1429950749
320 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
February 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312363628
ISBN10: 0312363621
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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St. Martin's Paperbacks
December 2012
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9781250019493
ISBN10: 1250019494
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 336 pages
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