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Posted December 1, 2005
When someone first sees the book, 'Strangled Prose' they will probably think, 'Oh, just another romance novel.' Don't judge a book by its cover applies to this book. In my opinion, Joan Hess has written an exciting book and it involves a crime of passion. Claire Malloy owns a small bookstore in a university town. Of her many friends, one happens to be an author of romance books and her name is Mildred. Mildred has written a new book and insists Claire hosts a book signing for her at her bookstore. Claire does not approve of romance novels but is finally pressured into agreeing to Mildred's request partly because of Mildred¿s husband. Mildred's book is titled 'Professor of Passion' and what a book it is¿Mildred has dug up all the dirt about the professors at the university and also about Claire's late husband. The entire community is offended when they see the book. It seems as if Mildred has gone too far. She ends up murdered. During the investigation of her death some very interesting information is discovered including the fact that she is not the true author of the book. Her husband, who is a professor at the university, is the one responsible for all the dirty details that have been published.
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Posted May 26, 2013
What do you say when there is nothing to say that would makes sense? Where do you move when you're stuck? What do you ask when you don't want to hear the answer to the most important questions? Where do you run to when your legs have gone from under you? <p> What happens to the things you forget to remember, and those dreams you remember but forget anyways? Where the heck did the times go that made sense, anyways? When will l be able to say that there's actually something to look forward to in this material world? What tears do l shed when l need to cry, but my own eyes refuse to let the tears fall? <p> How do you say what cannot be allowed to be said, no matter the intent? How do you accomplish the feats that people think are forbidden for attempt, and are excusively outlawed in theory? How does one think the thoughts that are unfathomable in size or importance? How would you write 'the end,' but go along as if it never ended? <p> To whom do you ask the impossbly difficult questions, and recieve the right answers? Can you see what is beyond your eyesight, and understand it? Can you touch and intimize with thoughts, and interact with their meanings? Can the future be known, and prepared for? What do l do with myself, asking all these questions...? <p> ~Meauthurist.
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Posted January 13, 2013
Posted August 7, 2012
This was a quick read with lots of humor. Things a lot of people identify in their everyday life. However, I hate to sound like a snob here but I have never seen so many typos in any other ebook to date. Now I have read maybe only 100 ebooks and I also have not yet been in to look at the hardcover to see if the same is true in it. I just am in a field that makes me notice such things. It was so bad it took away from the rhythm of the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2009
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I've just read Joan Hess's Strangled Prose. This is not only her first novel, but her first Claire Malloy mystery. It's been a few years since I've read Joan Hess's work, and I really wanted to get back into her series. Boy, was I glad I did. This book is nicely written, very easy to read and a nice addition to your cozy mystery library. The plot is simple, yet very original. A local romance novelist, having just written her latest love feast, is strangled in her home, after it is revealed that the plot of her latest book is actually a poorly concealed story that deals with many of the local scandals in the college town of the book's setting. The college town setting of Claire Malloy's world is very neatly constructed, and I enjoyed it. I definately want to return and meet the other quirky, yet likeable characters. Even our amature detective has an interesting back story, which makes her one of the many suspects in the murder. A few nice twists along the way, make this an enjoyable mystery. The solution, though probably not shocking, is simple and makes perfect sense. In fact, I didn't guess the answer, altough at one point I did suspect the actual killer, but later changed my answer. I enjoy being fooled, but the bottom line for me in any mystery is that the ending must make sense, and Joan Hess pulls this off quite nicely. The book is very cliche, but that's what I enjoyed about it. The combination of standard mystery story props, sprinkled with her own originality, makes this book a pleausre to read. It's only 184 pages, and a quick read, but well worth it. The only complaint would be that it goes by so fast, but what a nice ride it is. Thank goodness there's plenty more books where this came from. And for a very different twist on the cozy mystery, don't forget to check out Joan Hess's Arly Hanks novels.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.