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Dear Miss Demeanor

Dear Miss Demeanor

A Claire Malloy Mystery

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 3)

Joan Hess

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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 you to enjoy this delightful Claire Malloy mystery, and to discover why Sharyn McCrumb calls Joan Hess "the patron saint of comic mystery."

At Farberville High, it's reading, writing...and murder.

Who knows what evil lurks in the halls of Farbervilles' high school-or what blackmail is hidden in Miss Demeanor's Falcon Crier advice column? Certainly not bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy-until her daughter Caron persuades her to substitute for disgraced column editor and journalism teacher Emily Parchester. Surely Miss Parchester cannot be guilty of embezzlement. But the petty charges graduate to murder when Principal Weiss gets his last licks from Miss Parchester's peach compote. Miss Parchester herself, last seen at a local sanitarium, is suddenly missing. And now it's up to Claire to find someone who's been schooled in the fine art of murder...

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Caron and Inez skittered into the Book Depot like bumper cars gone berserk. Caron's cheeks were scarlet, either from the exertion or, as I suspected, some new bout of outraged indignation....

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Praise for Dear Miss Demeanor

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

“Joan Hess is one very funny woman.” —Susan Dunlap

“Joan Hess is the funniest mystery writer to come down the pipe since England's incomparable Pamela Branch. And oh, how well Joan writes.” —Carolyn G. Hart

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Joan Hess lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is the Agatha Award-winning author of the Clair Malloy and the Maggody mystery series.

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