Arly Hanks

16 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 222 ratings

Much Ado in Maggody Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Joan Hess (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Much Ado in Maggody

    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful small town comic mystery series

    • By Leon Miller on 12-29-16

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 4

    • Madness in Maggody

    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    When Mayor Jim Bob Buchanon's SuperSaver Buy 4 Less takes out a full-page ad boasting the new supermarket's authentic tamales, gourmet deli counter, and various other bells and whistles, every restaurateur in town fears that Jim Bob is going to put him out of business. So when it comes time for the Buy 4 Less's gala opening, one citizen decides to play dirty, slipping something into Jim Bob's famous tamale sauce that leaves 23 unsuspecting attendees sick with food poisoning - and one dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kalbli gets Hess right!

    • By Susan on 07-17-18

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  • Book 5

    • Mortal Remains in Maggody

    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    When a Hollywood production company chooses Maggody as a backdrop for an X-rated Ozarks Romeo and Juliet, the locals are starstruck. And as Maggody is flooded with washed-up actors, ruthless producers, and a cynical crew, the townsfolk will do anything for a close-up - even if it means resorting to murder. Chief of Police Arly Hanks has no time for Hollywood - she's got her hands full with a local arsonist - but when one of the actors is found dead in a bathtub, she's forced to intervene.

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  • Book 6

    • Maggody in Manhattan

    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    When Arly's mother, the indomitable Ruby Bee Hanks, is invited to a baking contest in New York, Arly is forced to return to the city she hates - and the Big Apple is even more rotten than she remembered. Ruby Bee has hardly preheated her oven when a naked man is found shot in her bedroom and the NYPD throws her in jail. As tempting as it may be to let her mother rot on Rikers Island, Arly has no choice but to solve the case herself, facing down killers, bakers, and the most dangerous villain of all: her ex-husband.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed with the Scooby-Do ending.

    • By S. Wright on 05-17-17

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

    • Misery Loves Maggody

    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Maggody Police Chief Arly Hanks is all shook up when she hears that her mother collapsed during a pilgrimage to Graceland and is in a Memphis hospital. Another member of the tour is pushed to her death from a hotel balcony. A prominent Maggody citizen stands accused of the murder. Arly's suspicious mind tells her to snap into action--it's now or never--before the touring residents of Maggody are returned to sender ... in a hearse.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Funniest Yet!

    • By Kathleen on 04-10-09

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  • Book 12

    • Murder@Maggody.com

    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Maggody's high school has a new computer lab. Folks are calling the internet the Devil's workshop, but the adult computer class is filling up. Soon friends are exchanging E-mail, and the preacher is posting sermon notes. But when some mighty unusual images flash across monitors--and a pretty computer student is found dead in an abandoned shack--the town demands Arly find the answers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maggody is worth the read

    • By margo on 01-31-12

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  • Book 13

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  • Book 14

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  • Book 15

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  • Book 16

    • The Merry Wives of Maggody

    • An Arly Hanks Mystery
    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is regarded by most as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon seeks to change that with her latest scheme - a charity golf tournament! This 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 - nearly everyone in town quickly develops a profound interest in the sport...including a killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Merry Wives and Merry Murder

    • By margo on 01-31-12

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