Poisoned Pins (Claire Malloy Series #8)

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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 ...
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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.

While investigating a sorority member's death at her daughter's college, Claire Malloy discovers the sorority sisters are participants in many bizarre rituals and illegal activities--the kind Claire would not want her daughter to be caught dead in. Original.

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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 . )
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"Lively, sharp, irreverent."—The New York Times Book Review

"Larcenous shenanigans…breezy throughout."

Chicago Tribune

"A wildly entertaining series."

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PRAISE FOR JOAN HESS AND THE CLAIRE MALLOY SERIES

"Refreshing…blends humor, eccentric characters, familiar emotions, and plot twists into an enjoyable lark."—Nashville Banner on Poisoned Pins

"A colorful kaleidoscope of plotting and clues…undeniably funny."—Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Poisoned Pins

"A winning blend of soft-core feminism, trendy subplots, and a completely irreverent style that characterizes both the series and the sleuth."—Houston Chronicle

"With her wry asides, Claire makes a most engaging narrator. The author deftly juggles the various plot strands…the surprising denouement comes off with éclat."—Publishers Weekly on Out on a Limb

"You can't go wrong with a Joan Hess novel."—Mystery Lovers Bookshop News

"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

"Fresh and funny…her trademark humor is stamped on every page."—Publishers Weekly, on The Goodbye Body

"Breezy and delightful…Claire Malloy is one of the most engaging narrators in mystery."

The Drood Review

"Hess is one very funny woman."—Susan Dunlap, former president of Sisters in Crime

"Amiable entertainment with an edge."—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525935919
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Claire Malloy Series, #8
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 5.66 (h) x 0.94 (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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