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Hess, Joan

Overview
Works: 136 works in 975 publications in 2 languages and 56,580 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Humorous fiction  Historical fiction  Christmas stories  History 
Roles: Author, Performer
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Publications about Joan Hess
Publications by Joan Hess
Publications by Joan Hess, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Joan Hess
Damsels in distress by Joan Hess( Book )
24 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,937 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 )
19 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,852 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
The painted queen by Elizabeth Peters( Book )
25 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,849 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
Out on a limb : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,752 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
The goodbye body by Joan Hess( Book )
18 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,749 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
Deader homes and gardens : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,748 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
Malpractice in Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,719 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
Muletrain to Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 1,714 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
Merry wives of Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
20 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,712 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 )
14 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,705 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 conventional corpse : a Claire Malloy mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
22 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,682 libraries worldwide
Claire Malloy's life is turned upside down when the mystery convention she is organizing goes haywire
A holly, jolly murder by Joan Hess( Book )
28 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,607 libraries worldwide
A few days before Christmas, bookseller Claire Malloy determines that she has heard one too many comments about being set in her ways. To quiet such complaints she accepts an invitation from an eccentric customer to a New Age celebration of the winter solstice. An early morning adventure with Malthea, Arch Druid of the Sacred Grove of Keltria, should have been enough to prove that Claire has not yet settled into middle-aged complacency. But the morning's activities provide more than she bargained for once one of Malthea's followers turns up dead. Our heroine sets out to determine whether her new acquaintances are murderous Satanists or only very odd, and, in the process, to discover just who shot whom. Holly Jolly Murder is Joan Hess's 12th mystery featuring Book Depot proprietor and attractive widow Malloy as an inadvertent sleuth. Better known are Hess's Maggody books, which richly parody livin', dyin', and prayin' in the backwoods of Arkansas. The Malloy series is similarly witty, but its humor is a bit more subtle and less predictable than that of its country cousin. The college town that Malloy inhabits allows for occasional digs at academia as well as a broader range of quirky and seemingly less contrived characters--a Druid priestess being the obvious example. In Holly Jolly Murder, Hess has set the stage for Claire to come into her own as an accidental detective (lover-policeman Peter is conveniently away for the holidays) with suitably festive results
Murder as a Second Language : a Claire Malloy Mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
18 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,579 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"--
Pride v. prejudice by Joan Hess( Book )
21 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,541 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"--
Maggody and the moonbeams : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
16 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,509 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
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 1,462 libraries worldwide
Claire Malloy, the owner of the Book Depot in Fayetteville, tries to clear her friend Luanne's fiancé of a murder charge involving the horrific deaths of his first two wives
Misery loves Maggody : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 1,445 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
The Maggody militia : an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess( Book )
15 editions published between 1980 and 2016 in English and held by 1,427 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 1,375 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 1,366 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
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Hadley, 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
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English (353)
German (6)
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