Poisoned Pins (Claire Malloy Series #8)

Poisoned Pins (Claire Malloy Series #8)

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by Joan Hess
     
 

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Claire Malloy, bookstore owner, part-time sleuth, and full-time single mother, is not quite ready to face her big 4-0 birthday, but her gray hair is getting a boost from the melodramatic antics of her fifteen-year-old daughter Caron - and the screaming that comes from the sorority house next door. Strange things are definitely happening at Kappa Theta Eta House,… See more details below

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Claire Malloy, bookstore owner, part-time sleuth, and full-time single mother, is not quite ready to face her big 4-0 birthday, but her gray hair is getting a boost from the melodramatic antics of her fifteen-year-old daughter Caron - and the screaming that comes from the sorority house next door. Strange things are definitely happening at Kappa Theta Eta House, things that don't seem to match its girlish pink-and-frilly facade or sappy, sentimental traditions. To further complicate Claire's life, a relentlessly optimistic sorority girl has recruited Caron to be a My Beautiful Self, Inc., consultant. It seems like an innocent enough way to earn some extra cash - until one sister is killed in the dark alley behind the sorority. The cops say accidental hit-and-run, but Claire, more than willing to be diverted from the recession that has hit both her bookstore and her love life, isn't so sure. The intrepid Claire digs deeper into the case, but little does she know that soon she will see the world from the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle ... or be arrested in a raid at the Dew Drop Inn ... or rub elbows (and, God forbid, maybe more) with the night manager of the sleaziest motel in town. And little does she suspect that the secrets of the sugar-and-spice sorority sisters of the Delta Delta chapter of Kappa Theta Eta are more blue than pink - and are about to turn a deadly blood red.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hess delivers another lighthearted but tartly told mystery. Bookstore owner/sleuth Claire Malloy (last encountered in Death by the Light of the Moon ) finds herself embroiled in the affairs of Farber College's sorority, Kappa Theta Eta, whose house is next door to Malloy's. Suspecting prowlers after she hears a scream emanating from the shabby premises, Claire gains the qualified (and condescending) tolerance of the house's summer occupants: four students and the divorcee housemother. The reappearance of Claire's nemesis, Arnie Riggles, and further prowler sightings culminate in the hit-and-run death of one of the sisters. Suspicion falls on the sorority misfit, whose car was involved, but Claire follows other leads (and her own instincts), identifying a major college administrator as one of the KTE prowlers, which gives rise to further questions. Among other complications in Claire's life is the sorry state of her love affair with Farberville police lieutenant Peter Rosen, who wants her to stay out of sleuthing, and the newest get-rich-quick scheme of her teenage daughter Caron. (Apr . )
The New York Times Book Review
Lively, sharp, irreverent.
Chicago Tribune
Larcenous shenanigans…breezy throughout.
Mystery Scene
A wildly entertaining series.
Nashville Banner on Poisoned Pins
Refreshing…blends humor, eccentric characters, familiar emotions, and plot twists into an enjoyable lark.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Poisoned Pins
A colorful kaleidoscope of plotting and clues…undeniably funny.
Houston Chronicle on the Claire Malloy Mysteries
A winning blend of soft-core feminism, trendy subplots, and a completely irreverent style that characterizes both the series and the sleuth.
Mystery Lovers Bookshop News
You can't go wrong with a Joan Hess novel.
Harlan Coben
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.
The Drood Review on JOAN HESS AND THE CLAIRE MALLOY SERIES
Breezy and delightful…Claire Malloy is one of the most engaging narrators in mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525935919
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/1993
Series:
Claire Malloy Series, #8
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 5.66(h) x 0.94(d)

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