The Goodbye Body (Claire Malloy Series #15)

The Goodbye Body (Claire Malloy Series #15)

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by Joan Hess
     
 

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Claire Malloy runs a bookstore in the normally quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas - an enterprise which provides the verging-on-meager living for her and her deeply sarcastic teenage daughter Caron. So when emergency work forces Claire and Caron to abandon their apartment for a few weeks, they are in no financial position to put themselves up in style and

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Claire Malloy runs a bookstore in the normally quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas - an enterprise which provides the verging-on-meager living for her and her deeply sarcastic teenage daughter Caron. So when emergency work forces Claire and Caron to abandon their apartment for a few weeks, they are in no financial position to put themselves up in style and Claire is thrilled to accept a customer's offer to let them stay at her well-stocked, well-equipped palatial home while she is traveling.

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. No sooner do Claire and Caron ensconce themselves than disquieting events start to occur - dubious people show up looking for the 'traveling' owner of the house; the owner herself turns out not to be who she claimed and is now seemingly on the run; and a dead body keeps turning up - and subsequently disappearing - around the grounds of the house. Determined, for once, to stay out of the mysterious doings, Claire's hand is finally forced when the disappearing body turns out to be only the first corpse to turn up...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Claire Malloy and teenage daughter Caron find rats in their apartment, thanks to the trash-laden downstairs neighbors, it's time to find somewhere else to live, at least temporarily, in the amateur sleuth's fresh and funny 15th outing (after 2002's Out on a Limb). Dolly Goforth, good Samaritan and relative newcomer to Farberville, Ark., comes to the rescue, offering her palatial home as a refuge while she travels. Soon after Claire and Caron and her best friend Inez settle in, however, the girls find a body behind the gazebo. When the police arrive to investigate, the body's gone. Various people keep showing up and asking for Dolly, including two young women who claim Dolly invited them to visit her anytime. Getting in touch with Dolly proves difficult, and when the body keeps turning up only to disappear again, Claire is more determined than ever to resolve this nefarious affair. Hess handles the complicated plot with consummate ease, and her trademark humor is stamped on every page. Fans of the long-running series will find much to entertain, including a decision Claire makes that will affect her relationship with longtime beau Peter Rosen. (Apr. 18) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Claire Malloy (Out on a Limb, 2002, etc.) house-sits for a friend who turns out to be one shady lady. It seems like such a sweet deal. While her landlord renders her modest flat rodent-free, bookseller Claire, her daughter Caron, and Caron's best friend Inez get to stay in Dolly Goforth's swank digs, with unlimited use of the pool, the widescreen TV, and a freezer stocked with goodies for the grill. The only catch is that to reach the beef, they have to dig past a corpse that after two brief appearances on the lawn comes to rest smack atop Dolly's stash of New York strip steaks. Meanwhile, Claire's frantic attempts to reach Dolly at her sister's in Arizona stall, and Dolly's obnoxious nieces Madison and Sara Louise arrive, planning to spend their days lounging by the pool in their teensy-weensy bikinis while the local garage boys sweat over their Maserati. Nosy neighbors Daniel and Lucy Hood show up with brownies; bird-watcher Gary Billings hits on Claire; and a mysterious assailant knocks her out and trashes her shop. Before she and her boyfriend Peter Rosen solve the case, Madison and Sara Louise will both disappear, Caron and Inez will learn the tango, and Claire's dining room will be littered with flower arrangements no local florist will admit delivering. A deluge of puzzlement, somewhat unevenly distributed, but leavened as always by Claire's ready wit.
From the Publisher
“If you’ve never spent time with Claire and her crew, I feel sorry for you. Stop reading this nonsense and hop to it. You’ll see wit and humanity all wrapped up in a nifty murder mystery.”

–Harlan Coben, author of Just One Look

“Joan Hess is one of the best mystery writers in the world. She makes it look so easy that few readers and fewer critics realize what a rare talent hers is.”–Elizabeth Peters, author of Guardian of the Horizon

“Joan Hess is seriously funny. Moreover, she is seriously kind as well as clever when depicting the follies, foibles, and fantasies of our lives. Viva Joan!”–Carolyn Hart, author of Death of the Party

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429905404
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Series:
Claire Malloy Series , #15
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
155,134
File size:
353 KB

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From the Publisher
“If you’ve never spent time with Claire and her crew, I feel sorry for you. Stop reading this nonsense and hop to it. You’ll see wit and humanity all wrapped up in a nifty murder mystery.”

–Harlan Coben, author of Just One Look

“Joan Hess is one of the best mystery writers in the world. She makes it look so easy that few readers and fewer critics realize what a rare talent hers is.”–Elizabeth Peters, author of Guardian of the Horizon

“Joan Hess is seriously funny. Moreover, she is seriously kind as well as clever when depicting the follies, foibles, and fantasies of our lives. Viva Joan!”–Carolyn Hart, author of Death of the Party

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.


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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