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A Diet to Die For

A Diet to Die For

A Claire Malloy Mystery

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 5)

Joan Hess

Minotaur Books

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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 to Faberville, Arkansas's hottest new fitness center. Personally, Claire thinks the best way for Maribeth to lose 160 unnecessary pounds would be to dump her abusive husband. But while Claire's teenage daughter Caron unsuccessfully tries every fad diet she can find (as long as it doesn't mean cutting out pizza), Claire has to admit Maribeth's commitment to diet, workouts, and supplements is working...until things go horribly wrong. Besides becoming moonstruck over the big-muscled fitness instructor, Maribeth is acting loony outside the gym as well. And when she ends up "accidentally" dead, Claire starts to exercise her instincts for crime...and hunt for a killer.

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The little bell above the door of the Book Depot jangled with such fury I expected to see it sail across the room. It did not. To my regret, two teenage girls sailed across the room and skidded...

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Praise for A Diet to Die For

“Hess's books are funny, acerbic, touching, terrific.” —Elizabeth Peters

“Hess goes about things in a lively style. Her heroine, Claire Malloy, has a sharp eye and an irreverent way of describing what she sees.” —The New York Times Book Review

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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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