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A Holly Jolly Murder (Claire Malloy Series #12)

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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 for volumes on pagan rituals, applied magick, and Celtic mysticism. Claire is intrigued and—miffed that her lover, Farberville police Lieutenant Peter Rosen, says she's in a rut—happily accepts an invitation to welcome the ...

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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 for volumes on pagan rituals, applied magick, and Celtic mysticism. Claire is intrigued and—miffed that her lover, Farberville police Lieutenant Peter Rosen, says she's in a rut—happily accepts an invitation to welcome the winter solstice at dawn.

HOMICIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Showing up at the Sacred Grove, Claire expects wild chanting or even nude dancing. Instead she ends up sitting on a stump watching the Arch Druid clean her bifocals. Then winter arrives and so does a dead man. Someone has shot the wealthy benefactor of Farberville's neo-pagans. Now Claire is mixing some snooping with her Christmas shopping. But instead of wrapping up the case, she finds out 'tis the season for ho- ho- homicide . . . and she may be the next victim.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Delightful entertainment, a just-right antidote to holiday busy-ness or anytime blahs."

Publishers Weekly

"A Holly, Jolly Murder showcases Claire at her lovable best, struggling with a mystery just as she tries to widen her horizons by diving into the middle of New Age elements."

Painted Rock

"A pleasant, entertaining series addition."

Library Journal

NY Times Book Review
Ms. Hess goes about things with a lively style. Her heroine, Claire Malloy, has a sharp eye and an irreverent way of describing what she sees.
Boston Sunday Herald
A well-paced story spiced with the author's wry wit.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her 12th appearance (after Closely Akin to Murder, 1996), Farberville, Ark., bookstore owner Claire Malloy finds that her desire to be helpful (propelled by an insatiable nosiness) gets her deeply involved in a puzzling midwinter murder. Wealthy physician and landlord Nicholas Chunder has been shot, and evidence points to several of his tenants who are members of his very own cult, The Druids of the Sacred Grove of Keltria. Was Chunder murdered because he was planning to evict one of the cult members? Did a 16-year-old Satanist carry his rituals too far? Claire, beseeched for aid by the cultists who visit her bookstore, uses a low-key approach to interview some decidedly unconventional Wiccans, Satanists and Druids, each of whom adds an individual spin to what becomes an increasingly muddled case. Claire keeps her calm outlook, even as her daughter Caron, a lively and extremely likable teenager, gets into some monumental trouble while working as a Santa's helper at the local mall. Since Claire's significant other, the town's police lieutenant, is out of town (consorting with his former wife), she deals directly with Farberville's gullible yet benign police force. Despite a few unnecessary plot twists and a somewhat contrived finale, Hess's latest is delightful entertainment, a just-right antidote to holiday busy-ness or anytime blahs. (Nov.) FYI: Hess, who also writes the Maggody mysteries, is currently president of the American Crime Writers League.
Library Journal
Small-town bookstore owner Claire Malloy lets curiosity get the best of her: she attends a Druid winter solstice festival. When the would-be celebrants discover their wealthy benefactor murdered, the Arch Druid (a feisty old lady) asks Claire's help. A pleasant, entertaining series addition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312349165
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Series: Claire Malloy Series , #12
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 688,712
  • Product dimensions: 3.98 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    Descent into Silliness

    I know it is unfair to compare Joan Hess with Chandler, Hammett, or Macdonald. However, this Christmas mystery involving a coven of Druids is a bit lightweight, even for her. She has written better Claire Malloy stories than this. The final confrontation with the killer was simply improbable.

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