A Holly Jolly Murder (Claire Malloy Series #12)

A Holly Jolly Murder (Claire Malloy Series #12)

by Joan Hess
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A Holly Jolly Murder (Claire Malloy Series #12) by Joan Hess


With Farberville's college on holiday break, Claire Malloy's bookstore is quiet . . . deadly quiet. Breaking the silence is a little old lady looking for volumes on pagan rituals, applied magick, and Celtic mysticism. Claire is intrigued and—miffed that her lover, Farberville police Lieutenant Peter Rosen, says she's in a rut—happily accepts an invitation to welcome the winter solstice at dawn.


Showing up at the Sacred Grove, Claire expects wild chanting or even nude dancing. Instead she ends up sitting on a stump watching the Arch Druid clean her bifocals. Then winter arrives and so does a dead man. Someone has shot the wealthy benefactor of Farberville's neo-pagans. Now Claire is mixing some snooping with her Christmas shopping. But instead of wrapping up the case, she finds out ‘tis the season for ho- ho- homicide . . . and she may be the next victim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312349165
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Series: Claire Malloy Series , #12
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 3.98(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.79(d)

About 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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A Holly Jolly Murder (Claire Malloy Series #12) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
glauver More than 1 year ago
I know it is unfair to compare Joan Hess with Chandler, Hammett, or Macdonald. However, this Christmas mystery involving a coven of Druids is a bit lightweight, even for her. She has written better Claire Malloy stories than this. The final confrontation with the killer was simply improbable.