The Merry Wives of Maggody (Arly Hanks Series #16)

The Merry Wives of Maggody (Arly Hanks Series #16)

by Joan Hess
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The Merry Wives of Maggody (Arly Hanks Series #16) by Joan Hess

“Amusing, slap-happy…and wise.”—Publishers Weekly

Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is perceived as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But the mayor’s wife, Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon, seeks to change that perception with her latest scheme: a charity golf tournament! Which presents a bit of a challenge, since no one in Maggody plays golf and there is no course. But when the prize for the first hole-in-one is announced—a top-of-the-line bass boat—suddenly Maggody goes golf crazy…with limited success and maximum domestic disorder.

“HUMOROUS…A MYSTERY THAT KEEPS UP GUESSING, BUT WITHOUT DISTRACTING US FROM THE GOLF AND THE FUN.”—BOOKLIST

Besides the townspeople, there are several outside figures who actually know how to play the game. Among them: The low-level PGA player Bonaparte Buchanon and Tommy Ridner, an instructor from a nearby country club. As for Sheriff Arly Hanks? She has more important things to worry about on, and off, the job—and just wishes all this golf business would go away.

“SPEND AN AFTERNOON IN MAGGODY AND YOU’LL BE RICHER FOR IT.”
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

When Tommy Ridner beats the odds and sinks the first hole-in-one, it looks like what’s done is done...until he’s found in his bass boat—dead. Now Arly Hanks is facing a complicated murder investigation for which darned near everyone in town is a suspect.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312365646
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Arly Hanks Series , #16
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JOAN HESS is the author of both the Claire Malloy and the Arly Hanks (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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The Merry Wives of Maggody (Arly Hanks Series #16) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the complete series about Arly Hanks. It is so funny that it makes you laugh and smile all the while reading it. Since I am from Missouri, I know some of towns that are mentioned in this book. It makes me feel like I am there with them. I also feel like I have met some of those character in my real life. So as pitiful as some of the characters are; they do exist in this world. It shows the human caring side that exists in the rural areas that you don't always see in the city. I am looking forward to her next book about Arly and what she will do about motherhood..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books jumps around from one scene to another without any sense. I got it on recommemdations and reviews on another site. Don't waste your money I couldn't get past the first 50 pages this is one of the worst books I have ever tried to read. To bad I can t get a refund.
AvidReader002 More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Hope Joan will bring it to a close and not leave it hanging. She seems to be focusing on the Claire Malloy series (which I've got as well). I have a few as audio CD as well, makes time doing work around the house pass quickly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, fun read!
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motwig More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the Maggody series until this one. Arly Hanks seemed to be a minor character. She's needed to play a stronger role to combat the weird ones. The idea of the plot is ok, but the story line doesn't move along very fast.
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jean cope More than 1 year ago
if you want to get away from the realworld, read a joan hess ebook. you think you have flaws! this town will make you think twice. i just love ruby bee!! who would't want a mom with a pink hotel that knows everything?
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The Arly Hanks books have always been amusing. Certain parts of the character speak to most all of us at one time or another.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The 755 residents of Maggody, Arkansas are overall excited over hosting the first ever Maggody Charity Golf Tournament, which symbolizes how far from homemade cornpone to country club whiskey the townsfolk's have come; though secretly most prefer the products of the back woods distillery. Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanan who came up with the idea refuses to accept any issues to prevent the tournament; for instance there are no golf courses, clubs or players in the town; most of the folks cannot spell the word golf. When Mrs. Jim Bob announces the prize of a $40,000 bass boat for the first hole in run, everyone takes out brooms and what not to practice golf. Faberville Country Cub professional Tommy Ridner wins the prize over the hoot and holler of locals claiming he is an outside ringer as is PGA player Bonaparte Buchanan brought in by his clan to keep the prizes inside the family. Someone murders Tommy and soon afterward his friend. Pregnant police chief Arly Hanks puts aside her tea for tee time to investigate the homicides; while a LPGA pro files an assault complaint. Merry Wives of Maggody is even zanier than the title implies as golf proves a lethal sport with a hole in one having new meaning as a hole in the head. The thin story line is fast-paced from the moment Mrs. Jim Bob tries to change the town's rep from the centerfold of hick to glamour and never slows down as Arly investigates the homicides and the assault. Golf has never been crazier than in Maggody as Joan Hess strokes an ace on the sixteenth hole with this amusing cozy. Harriet Klausner
AcerAcer More than 1 year ago
I have every book in this series, in hardcover, and have kept on buying even through the "lean patches". The last couple of books weren't very good as far as I was concerned, and only the fact that I used to love the town and the characters kept me coming back, hopeful that the plots would improve. To be brutally honest, I have been hoping that the author would bring the series to an end soon, because it seems to me like she is very tired of writing about Maggody. At the end of the last book, when it became clear Arly was pregnant, I was hoping that the next book (this book) would be the final installment. Now I'm just going to have to hope it will be the next one after this that brings the series to an end. But I will keep on buying and reading until the time because I really do love Maggody and don't want to miss any book about it.