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Death by the Light of the Moon: A Claire Malloy Mystery
     

Death by the Light of the Moon: A Claire Malloy Mystery

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by Joan Hess
 

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Things that go bump in the Bayou...
For bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy getting a root canal beats going to a Malloy family reunion. But it is time her fifteen-year-old daughter Caron visits her deceased father's relatives. Now Claire and Caron have arrived at Malloy Manor, a run-down mansion in Louisiana's bayou country...where the mosquitoes are

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Things that go bump in the Bayou...
For bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy getting a root canal beats going to a Malloy family reunion. But it is time her fifteen-year-old daughter Caron visits her deceased father's relatives. Now Claire and Caron have arrived at Malloy Manor, a run-down mansion in Louisiana's bayou country...where the mosquitoes are big enough to barbecue, the swamp is crawling with alligators, the butler looks like he stepped out of a teen slasher movie, and the wheelchair-bound matriarch, Miss Justicia, races around the grounds cackling like a loon.

It's the perfect setting-for a murder. Before a night has passed, Miss Justicia is sleeping with the fishes. The police call it a "tragic accident." Caron is all for calling a cab. But Claire wants to have a closer look at her "loving" relatives since she has a hunch leaving Malloy Manor isn't going to be all that easy...and neither is staying alive.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With deep affection and a sure, light touch, Hess, author also of the Maggody series, portrays characters ranging from a heavy metal aficionado to a wildly eccentric Southern lady of a certain age in this thoroughly modern gothic tale. Bookstore owner/sleuth Claire Malloy, encountered most recently in Roll Over and Play Dead , finds little but trouble when she and teenage daughter Caron attend the 80th birthday celebration of Miss Justicia, mother of Claire's late husband, at the family manor in the Louisiana bayous. Feuding relatives, mysterious hints about inheritances and terrible food begin a ghastly first night that will also include the drowning of the matriarch after she is seen careening drunkenly about the garden in her powered wheelchair. Various family members, among them Claire's brother-in-law, his grasping children and a socialite cousin with designs on the family mansion, look for a missing will while striving to keep up appearances, as Claire tries to conduct what she is certain is a murder investigation. While at times Hess draws her characters too broadly, her well-paced and well-plotted stories still delight. (Mar . )
Library Journal
Summoned to the 80th birthday party and will reading of her eccentric mother-in-law, Claire Malloy, another series amateur, flies to the moldering Louisiana plantation home of her deceased husband. The motley assortment of greedy, shifty, and backbiting relatives she encounters there tests her patience and the limits of satire. The visit turns crazy as soon as the old woman, cackling, races her motorized wheelchair into the bayou and drowns. Then begins a frantic search for the will, for family skeletons, and for a murderer. Mostly tongue-in-cheek--as usual for the series--and mostly amusing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466807624
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Series:
Claire Malloy Series , #7
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
293,816
File size:
342 KB

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Hess's books are funny, acerbic, touching, terrific.

Meet the Author

Joan Hess is a winner of the American Mystery Award and the author of twelve previous Claire Malloy books, including Roll Over and Play Dead, A Diet to Die For, A Conventional Corpse, Dear Miss Demeanor, and Strangled Prose, as well as the Maggody mystery series. A member of Sisters in Crime and a former president of the American Crime Writers League, she lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


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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