Claire Malloy Mysteries

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Murder as a Second Language
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (19 of 20))
Joan Hess
Minotaur Books

Claire Malloy—now a married woman of leisure—tries her hand at volunteering, but instead lands her right in the middle of another murder...


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Deader Homes and Gardens
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (18 of 20))
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Paperbacks

Deader Homes and Gardens Joan Hess Now that she’s back from her honeymoon, Claire Malloy must face the reality of her home life: It’s too close for comfort....


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Mummy Dearest
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (17 of 20))
Joan Hess
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,...


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Damsels in Distress
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (16 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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The Goodbye Body
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (15 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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Out on a Limb
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (14 of 20))
Joan Hess
Minotaur Books

An environmental protester camped out in a tree and a baby left on Claire Malloy's doorstep are just two of the predicaments that Malloy must face in this...


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A Conventional Corpse
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (13 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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A Holly, Jolly Murder
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (12 of 20))
Joan Hess
Minotaur Books

THE GIFT THAT GIVES ON GIVING. . . With Farberville’s college on holiday break, Claire Malloy’s bookstore is quiet . . . deadly quiet. Breaking the silence...


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Closely Akin to Murder
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (11 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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Busy Bodies
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (10 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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Tickled to Death
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (9 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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Poisoned Pins
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (8 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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Death by the Light of the Moon
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (7 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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Roll Over and Play Dead
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (6 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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A Diet to Die For
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (5 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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A Really Cute Corpse
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (4 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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Dear Miss Demeanor
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (3 of 20))
Joan Hess
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,...


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The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (2 of 20))
Joan Hess
Minotaur Books

When you make a game of murder, be careful who the players are... Who could resist the mock-murder weekend at the charming Mimosa Inn-- certainly not...


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Strangled Prose
Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume (1 of 20))
Joan Hess
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...


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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.

Photo: Charles E. Roberts
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