Strangled Prose (Claire Malloy Series #1)

Strangled Prose (Claire Malloy Series #1)

by Joan Hess
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Strangled Prose (Claire Malloy Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors, she never disappoints!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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NJMysteryMan More than 1 year ago
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.