Claire Malloy

20 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 168 ratings

Damsels in Distress Publisher's Summary

A renaissance fair is coming to the relatively quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas. Though resistant to getting involved, Claire Malloy, local bookseller and mother of the perpetually petulant teen Caron, finds herself drawn into the strange inner workings of the group putting on the fair. But a dark mood falls over the festivities when one of the organizers is a victim of arson, and her body is found in the burned wreckage of her rented house. Someone is definitely dead - but is it murder?
©2007 Joan Hess (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
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  • Book 1

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    • Death By the Light of the Moon

    • By: Joan Hess
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  • Book 16

    • Damsels in Distress

    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    A renaissance fair is coming to the relatively quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas. Though resistant to getting involved, Claire Malloy, local bookseller and mother of the perpetually petulant teen Caron, finds herself drawn into the strange inner workings of the group putting on the fair. But a dark mood falls over the festivities when one of the organizers is a victim of arson, and her body is found in the burned wreckage of her rented house. Someone is definitely dead - but is it murder?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It was OK

    • By Sandy on 06-26-14

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 17

    • Mummy Dearest

    • The Claire Malloy Mysteries, Book 17
    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Claire Malloy - Arkansas bookseller and widowed mother - after a long courtship has finally said "I do" to her swain, Lieutenant Peter Rosen. Now they are on their honeymoon in Luxor, Egypt. That is, Claire is on her honeymoon - accompanied by Caron, her teenaged daughter, and Inez, Caron's best friend and frequent partner in adventure. Peter is mostly away on various mysterious consultations with equally mysterious government agencies for his new mysterious job.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I really enjoyed this book!

    • By Jackie on 08-06-18
    • The Claire Malloy Mysteries, Book 17
    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 11-28-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 18

    • Deader Homes and Gardens

    • A Claire Malloy Mystery
    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: Rachael Warren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Joan Hess fan VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!

    • By Sweet Pea on 03-09-12

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  • Book 19

    • Murder as a Second Language

    • A Claire Malloy Mystery
    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Claire Malloy, now a married woman of leisure, tries her hand at volunteering but instead lands right in the middle of another murder investigation. Longtime bookseller and single mother Claire Malloy has recently married her long-term beau and moved out of her less than opulent apartment into a sprawling, newly remodeled house. Her daughter, Caron, is making plans for college. All of this leaves Claire with something she hasn't had in quite a while: Spare time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Poor narration detracts from enjoyment of story

    • By Carol on 01-21-14

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  • Book 20

    • Pride v. Prejudice

    • The Claire Malloy Mysteries, Book 20
    • By: Joan Hess
    • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Semiretired bookseller and former single parent to a challenging teen, the not-so-newly remarried Claire Malloy finds herself entangled in yet another case of felonious doings in this latest cozy.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • AWFUL

    • By Judith on 04-27-16

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