Nothing ever happens in Maggody, Arkansas, population 755. Aside from handling the occasional barroom brawl or exploding still, Chief of Police Arly Hanks spends her days sipping coffee and squashing flies. She returned to Maggody two years ago, licking her wounds after a bad Manhattan divorce, and she fell backward into the role of sheriff. From Hizzoner the Moron―also known as Jim Bob Buchanon, the pettily corrupt mayor―to Ruby Bee Hanks―Arly’s mother and the town’s foremost gossip―the people of Maggody are all crazy in their own ways, and that craziness is about to turn deadly.
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A prolific writer from northwest Arkansas, Joan Edmiston Hess is the author of dozens of mystery novels for adults and young adults. Known for her humor and use of regional flair, she writes novels that feature a recognizable southern landscape of characters. The books tend to be narrated by wry, no-nonsense characters who are worldly in their knowledge and experience but also down to earth.Review:
Praise for the Arly Hanks Mysteries
“Ms. Hess displays a consistent and rare skill. . . . She plays fair; she knows exactly when to lighten the mood, when to spill some blood and how to keep Arly Hanks one tiny step ahead of the reader.” —David Dawson, The New York Times, on Mortal Remains in Maggody
“Hess created a gem when she invented the wacky world of Maggody, Arkansas.” —Booklist on The Maggody Militia
Praise for Joan Hess
“Joan Hess is the patron saint of comic mystery.” —Sharon McCrumb, author of The Rosewood Casket
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