Deader Homes and Gardens (Claire Malloy Series #18)

Deader Homes and Gardens (Claire Malloy Series #18)

by Joan Hess
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Deader Homes and Gardens (Claire Malloy Series #18) by Joan Hess

Claire Malloy discovers that house-hunting can be murder—literally—in the latest entry in Joan Hess's "wildly entertaining series." (Mystery Scene)

Back from her somewhat unusual honeymoon, Claire Malloy must face the harsh reality of life with her new husband, police chief Peter Rosen, and her teenage daughter Caron—three people simply can't fit into her cosy two bedroom apartment. After a week of fruitless looking, she finally finds the perfect
place—a well preserved large house on a large plot of land in an area called Hollow Valley. There are only a few problems. Such as the real estate agent disappeared mid-showing and hasn't been seen since. And the last owner died in circumstances labeled 'accidental' but were actually both 'mysterious' and 'dubious'. The family that owned the estate is now suing the lover of the dead owner over the rights to the property. Oh, and it isn't really for sale. When the previous owner's lover dies practically at her feet, Claire decides to take matters into her own hands. After all, to get the house of her dreams, first she has to find a killer. And all's fair in love, war, and real estate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429950749
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Series: Claire Malloy Series , #18
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 211,169
File size: 331 KB

About the Author

JOAN HESS is the author of both the Arly Hanks and the Claire Malloy mystery series, most recently Mummy Dearest. She now lives in Austin, Texas.


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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Deader Homes and Gardens: A Claire Malloy Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BeckyMcF 6 months ago
Definitely not too long of a book! Joan Hess is a very good writer who manages to have touches of humor in a book that is a cozy murder mystery. Trying to find your dream home when your realtor actually disappears and dead bodies appear does not daunt Clair Malloy and her teenage assistants. I will definitely read more Joan Hess books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too long, too contrived, and neither the general storyline or the personal details provided me any reason to care about the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author's sly humor and erudition and read everything I can get my hands on by Hess. This one is typically delightful. Just a quick note to the copy editor, however: You missed a correction where Terry claims to have been nauseous. Dog vomit is nauseous. People are nauseated. The distinction was carefully explained to me by the family doctor many years ago, and I still blush a bit at my mistake.
DEBIEMAC4 More than 1 year ago
Joan Hess ............keep em coming, I don't like being referred to as a cozy reader, if the shoe fits wear it :). I need to smile and Ms. Hess makes me smile often !! Thank You !! Debbie
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable, light mystery. Joan Hess has mastered her craft. Her readers know what to expect and she doesn't disappoint She provides a refreshing break from "manly" mysteries without adding too much "fluff". Three stars for the book but four stars for a Joan Hess novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, decent paced, a fun social mystery read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always love Joan Hess- she's my turn to author for fast, fun reads and this one did not disappoint!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very fun summer read. The book reminded me of the Ms Marple detective stories. I read it in two days and enjoyed it very much.
reading-babe More than 1 year ago
This kept me guessing till the end. I don't try too hard to figure mysteries out so the entertainment value is more enjoyable.
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amyalexander More than 1 year ago
The plot was slow and the story felt old and tired. The characters were uninteresting and even Caron Speaking in Capitals was no longer funny. I think it's time for Hess to return to Maggody, because Farberville needs some time off.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Claire Malloy mysteries are light entertainment that doesn't strain your brain. The plot is a framework for Claire's comic observations about the other characters. Her daughter Caron and her best friend Inez always add a few escapades. We never get attached to victims and the danger is usually low key. This entry involves real estate and a weird family of Southern aristocrats. I f you liked the other books you will enjoy it. Just don't expect Ross Macdonald or Dashiell Hammett.
s-charlie_1 More than 1 year ago
Joan Hess never disappoints. It's a light, funny, fast read.
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