WorldCat Identities

Hess, Joan

Overview
Works: 128 works in 761 publications in 3 languages and 55,750 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Humorous fiction  Christmas stories 
Roles: Author, Performer
Classifications: PS3558, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Joan Hess
Damsels in distress by Joan Hess( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,985 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 )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,852 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
Out on a limb : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,798 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
Muletrain to Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 1,797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anticipating the filming of a Civil War documentary, Maggody citizens become excited over rumors that Confederate gold may be hidden in a local cave, prompting a flood of outside visitors including an apparently murderous ghost
Malpractice in Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a local retirement home is transformed into an exclusive rehabilitation facility, the small town of Maggody is torn by rumors about displaced mental patients, a situation that forces police chief Arly Hanks to separate truth from gossip
The goodbye body by Joan Hess( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Staying at the palatial home of a wealthy customer when her own meager apartment is rendered unlivable, bookstore owner Claire Malloy becomes increasingly convinced that the house's owner is not who she claims to be, a situation that is complicated by the disappearances and reappearances of a dead body
Merry wives of Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the winner of the local golf tournament is found dead in his awarded bass boat, Sheriff Arly Hanks has a host of jealous suspects
Murder@maggody.com by Joan Hess( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 1,735 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
Deader homes and gardens : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,722 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
A holly, jolly murder by Joan Hess( Book )

22 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,615 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
Murder as a Second Language : a Claire Malloy Mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Claire Malloy--now a married woman of leisure--tries her hand at volunteering, but instead lands her right in the middle of another murder investigation Longtime bookseller and single mother, Claire Malloy has recently married her long term beau and moved out of her less than opulent apartment into a sprawling, newly remodeled house. Her daughter, Caron, is making plans for college. All of which leaves Claire with something she hasn't had in quite a while: spare time. When her attempts to learn French cooking start getting "mixed" reviews, she agrees to help Caron and her best friend Inez in fluffing up their college applications by volunteering as an ESL tutor with the Farberville Literacy Council. But her modest effort to give back quickly becomes a nightmare when she's railroaded onto the Board of Directors of the troubled nonprofit. Vandalism, accusations of embezzlement, epic budget problems, and a cacophony of heavily-accented English speakers are just the tip of the iceberg. Just as she decides that it might be best to extricate herself, Claire gets a frantic call from her husband, Deputy Chief Peter Rosen. One of the students, an older Russian woman named Ludmilla, famed for her unpleasantness, has been murdered in the offices of the Farberville Literary Council. For the first time ever, Peter actually asks Claire for her help, and Hess brings a new depth to this fan-favorite series"--
Maggody and the moonbeams : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spending a miserable week at camp with ten teenagers, the Mayor's stern wife, the high school shop teacher, and preacher Brother Verber, police chief Arly Hanks must attempt to catch a killer after one of the teens discovers the corpse of a woman
Misery loves Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 1,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Maggody, Arkansas, a four-day Elvis Presley pilgrimage is interrupted by the mysterious death of one pilgrim and the disappearance of another. Lady police chief Ariel Hanks investigates
Tickled to death : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 1,480 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
Pride v. prejudice by Joan Hess( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,448 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 Maggody militia : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in English and held by 1,427 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 )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 1,397 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 )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,378 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. By the author of Busy Bodies
A conventional corpse : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claire Malloy's life is turned upside down when the mystery convention she is organizing goes haywire
Death by the light of the moon by Joan Hess( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,307 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
 
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Damsels in distress
Alternative Names

controlled identityHadley, Joan

Hadley, Joan.

Hess, Joan Edmiston, 1949-

Joan Edmiston Hess écrivaine américaine

Joan Edmiston Hess US-amerikanische Krimi-Autorin

Joan Hess Amerikaans auteur

ジョーン・ヘス

ヘス, ジョーン

Languages
English (286)

German (3)

Japanese (2)

Covers
Mummy dearest : a Claire Malloy mysteryOut on a limb : a Claire Malloy mysteryMuletrain to Maggody : an Arly Hanks mysteryMalpractice in Maggody : an Arly Hanks mysteryThe goodbye bodyMerry wives of Maggody : an Arly Hanks mysteryMurder@maggody.comDeader homes and gardens : a Claire Malloy mystery