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Strangled Prose

Strangled Prose

A Claire Malloy Mystery

Claire Malloy Mysteries (Volume 1)

Joan Hess

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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 Malloy likes to hock at her bookstore, but Claire agrees to host a book party for her friend's trashy tale. As torrid as the novel is, it's nothing compared to the evening. After the party, poor Mildred is found dead in her home--stranged with a tightly knotted silk scarf. Now it's up to Clair to find Mildred's killer, and it won't be easy--the two-bit author had offended nearly every faculty member she worked with at nearby Faber College. But who could have hated Mildred with such smoldering passion?

Find out in Joan Hess' first Claire Malloy mystery novel Strangled Prose.

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There is no place for a body in the little office at the back of my bookstore--not even mine. With a concerted effort and a great deal of grunting and shoving, I had managed to squeeze in a small...

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“Joan... is the patron saint of comic mystery.” —Sharyn McCrumb

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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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