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Hess, Joan

Overview
Works: 85 works in 788 publications in 4 languages and 39,810 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Christmas stories  Historical fiction  Humorous fiction  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Joan Hess
Damsels in distress by Joan Hess( Book )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reluctantly becoming involved with the Renaissance Fair coming to the quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas, local bookseller Claire Malloy must put her sleuthing talents to work when one of the festival organizers becomes the victim of arson
Mummy dearest : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a honeymoon trip to Luxor, Egypt, with her new husband, Lt. Peter Rosen, teenage daughter Caron, and Caron's best friend Inez, Arkansas bookseller Claire Malloy suddenly finds her honeymoon turned upside down when the two girls are chased through back alleys by unknown pursuers and a blonde college student is kidnapped by two young men on horseback
Deader homes and gardens : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finding what she hopes will be an ideal house to share with her new husband and teenage daughter, Claire Malloy learns that the property's previous owner died under suspicious circumstances and that a real estate agent has gone missing
Out on a limb : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claire Malloy deals with an old friend who is chained to a tree to protest the destruction of a copse of trees, an abandoned baby left on her doorstep, and the murder of the developer at the center of the controversy surrounding the trees
Murder@maggody.com by Joan Hess( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new computer lab at the school has Maggody, Arkansas in an uproar as police chief Arly Hanks tries to solve a murder
A holly, jolly murder by Joan Hess( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The winter solstice festival of the Druids in Arkansas is marred by the murder of a doctor, the cult's principal benefactor. As bookstore owner and sleuth Claire Malloy investigates, suspicion centers on members of the cult who were his tenants
Pride v. prejudice by Joan Hess( Book )

20 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Claire Malloy, for as long as she can remember, has been the local bookseller and owner of the Book Depot and the widowed mother of teenage Caron, who frequently speaks in ALL CAPS. But her life has changed dramatically in recent years. Claire has married her longtime beau, Deputy Police Chief Peter Rosen. Still the owner of the Book Depot, Claire has passed the day-to-day running of it on to her very efficient employees. With Caron inching ever closer to college, there's but one thing that remains steadfastly unchanged--Claire's astonishing ability to attract, find, or even just randomly stumble across trouble. Summoned for jury duty, the prosecutor on a murder case, harboring a grudge against her husband, decides to humiliate Claire and dismiss her. Having done so in spectacular enough fashion to make the local news, Claire decides that revenge will be the next dish she serves. She hunts down the defendant in the case, a woman accused of murdering her husband, and offers to help prove her innocence. And not just because Claire wants to humilitate the prosecutor. There are only two problems. One--the defendant is looking guiltier by the minute. And two--the worst day imaginable has finally come: Claire's dreaded new mother-in-law is coming to visit and life in prison is starting to look good"--
The painted queen by Elizabeth Peters( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Egypt, 1912. Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the chamber and utters a single word -- "Murder"--Before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia's name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: "Judas." Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye. It quickly becomes apparent that someone saved Amelia from a would-be assassin -- someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid Englishwoman. Discovering a terse note clearly meant for her husband, Radcliffe Emerson, pushed under their door, there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos. But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Amarna, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic Nefertiti bust. In 1345 B.C., the sculptor Thutmose crafted the piece in tribute to the great beauty of this queen who was also the chief consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother to King Tutankhamun. For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge ... and perhaps be unmasked at last
Tickled to death : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bird sanctuary is the setting for this whodunit featuring Claire Malloy, bookstore owner and sleuth. Her best friend, Luanne, has become engaged to a prominent dentist, Dick Cissel, whose two previous wives met untimely and gruesome ends. Claire decides to check him out
The Maggody militia : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

15 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A right-wing militia group arrives in a small town in Arkansas for a weekend of maneuvers. As guns blaze, a militiaman is killed and lady sheriff Ariel Hanks suspects it was not an accident. Some militiamen thought the victim was an FBI agent. By the author of Miracles in Maggody
Busy bodies : a Clare Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 1,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an artist stages a display of environmental art on his front lawn, including a half-naked woman, a small Arkansas town is shocked. Next, someone sets fire to the house, which kills the artist's wife. Now who would do such a thing? Bookseller Claire Malloy investigates
Closely akin to murder : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bookseller and sleuth Claire Malloy is asked by a supposedly dead cousin to save her from a blackmailer. It turns out cousin Veronica did not die after murdering a movie producer, but is living under an assumed name. Trouble is, someone has found out and wants a million dollars to remain silent
Martians in Maggody by Joan Hess( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Arkansas, the appearance of crop circles in a cornfield puts Maggody, pop. 775, on the map. The novel follows police chief Arly Hanks as he copes with hysteria, the media, sightings of aliens and the murder of a ufologist
Malice in Maggody : an Ozarks murder mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

24 editions published between 1987 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a crossbow killing at a cheap roadside motel, Ozarks police chief Arly Hanks finds herself investigating her first murder case. Her marriage over and career gone bust, Arly Hanks flees Manhattan for her hometown: Maggody, Arkansas. In a town this size, nothing much ever happens, so Arly figures she’s safe as the town’s first female chief of police--until the husband of one of the local barmaids escapes from state prison and heads for town. And that’s not all. An EPA official with ties to polluting the local fishing hole has suddenly vanished off the face of the earth. As if two manhunts aren’t enough to contend with, a body has been discovered at the pay-by-the-hour Flamingo Motel, shot clean through the neck with an arrow. For some reason, Maggody’s residents--all 755 of them--have gone tight-lipped, stonewalling Arly’s investigations, and Arly hasn’t a soul to trust but her half-wit deputy. Now, as Maggody’s finest, she’ll have to show a little muscle and a lot of cunning to curtail the inhospitable mountain malice that’s overtaken her town. And she’ll have to watch her own back every step of the way
Death by the light of the moon by Joan Hess( Book )

24 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Invited to her late husband's ancestral home in the Louisiana bayous for a family reunion, Claire Malloy finds a gathering of ill-tempered relatives obsessed with the latest will of the family matriarch
A really cute corpse by Joan Hess( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 queen through the two-day event. Enter Claire Malloy to the rescue. But this is one job Claire would gladly be fired from. Now, already fending off a hostile theater owner, and overly-aggressive personal trainer, an incontinent show-dog, a fifteen-year-old daughter with more growing pains than she can count, and a talent contest in need of some talent, Claire must face one more problem--someone is trying to kill the reigning Miss Thurberfest. When a ghastly murder scene signals the culprit's success, Claire's investigative instincts take over, but when she digs too close to the truth, the race is on to discover the killer's identity before Claire herself is crowned the next victim
O little town of Maggody by Joan Hess( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chief of Police Arly Hanks searches for the missing relative of a country music superstar in Maggody, Arkansas
Miracles in Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When charismatic evangelist Malachi Hope arrives in Maggody to set up a religious theme park called City of Hope, Arly Hanks, the local lady sheriff smells trouble once more. Two dead women later, she knows she is right
Maggody in Manhattan : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Found herself in the room of good-looking, unmarried Durmond Pilverman, whose talents went way beyond his skill at baking a Koko-Nut Kream Pie. But when a dead body turned up in the hotel dumpster, Arly smelled something suspicious in this national cook-off. And the .38 she found hidden in Durmond's dresser had her wondering if she was in danger of sleeping with the enemy. In this sixth mystery in the highly acclaimed Maggody series, the spunky, off-beat, appealing Arly
A diet to die for by Joan Hess( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coerced into escorting overweight, depressed heiress Maribeth to her diet and fitness sessions, Claire Malloy discovers that someone is trying to kill her down-in-the-mouth friend. Reprint
 
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Mummy dearest : a Claire Malloy mysteryDeader homes and gardens : a Claire Malloy mysteryOut on a limb : a Claire Malloy mysteryMurder@maggody.comA holly, jolly murderTickled to death : a Claire Malloy mysteryThe Maggody militia : an Arly Hanks mysteryBusy bodies : a Clare Malloy mystery
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controlled identityHadley, Joan

Hadley, Joan.

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