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Claire Malloy Mysteries

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Pride v. Prejudice
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Pride v. Prejudice

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 20)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

"Claire Malloy is one of the most engaging narrators in mystery."-Deadly Pleasures

Claire Malloy has always been known in Farberville, Arkansas, as the owner of the Book...

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Murder as a Second Language
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Murder as a Second Language

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 19)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

"A wildly entertaining series."-Mystery Scene

In Murder as a Second Language by award-winning mystery author Joan Hess, longtime bookseller and single...

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Deader Homes and Gardens
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Deader Homes and Gardens

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 18)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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. A two-bedroom...

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Mummy Dearest
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Mummy Dearest

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 17)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

After a somewhat long and, at times, strange courtship, Claire Malloy -- a single, widowed mother of a teenage daughter and a bookseller in Farberville, Arkansas - has finally said 'I do' to her...

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Damsels in Distress
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Damsels in Distress

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 16)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 Claire Malloy's heart racing. But with...

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The Goodbye Body
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The Goodbye Body

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 15)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 and her deeply sarcastic teenage daughter...

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Out on a Limb
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Out on a Limb

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 14)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

Farberville, Arkansas is normally a quiet college town, where bookseller Claire Malloy tends her small store and raises her somewhat dramatic teenage daughter Caron. But this week, it's gone a bit...

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A Conventional Corpse
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A Conventional Corpse

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 13)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

Farberville, Arkansas is playing host to its first ever mystery convention. Sponsored by the Thurber Farber Foundation and held at Farber College, Murder Comes to Campus is playing host to five major...

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A Holly, Jolly Murder
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A Holly, Jolly Murder

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 12)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

THE GIFT THAT GIVES ON GIVING. . .
With Farberville's college on holiday break, Claire Malloy's bookstore is quiet . . . deadly quiet. Breaking the silence is a little old lady looking...

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Closely Akin to Murder
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Closely Akin to Murder

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 11)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy...

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Busy Bodies
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Busy Bodies

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 10)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

Since his recent arrival, avant-garde artist Zeno Gorgias has been turning heads and attracting gawkers in the otherwise tame college town of Farberville Arkansas. Zeno's "interactive" art—featuring...

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Tickled to Death
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Tickled to Death

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 9)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 best friend to do a background check....

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Poisoned Pins
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Poisoned Pins

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 8)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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,...

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Death by the Light of the Moon
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Death by the Light of the Moon

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 7)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 time her fifteen-year-old daughter...

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Roll Over and Play Dead
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Roll Over and Play Dead

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 6)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 extraordinaire. Her furry charges are Miss Emily...

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A Diet to Die For
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A Diet to Die For

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 5)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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...

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A Really Cute Corpse
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A Really Cute Corpse

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 4)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 coordinator and usher a bevy of aspiring beauty...

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Dear Miss Demeanor
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Dear Miss Demeanor

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 3)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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...

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The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn
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The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 2)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire...

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Strangled Prose
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Strangled Prose

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 1)
Joan Hess
St. Martin's Press

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 Twilight--isn't the kind of book Claire...

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About the author

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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