Deader Homes and Gardens by Joan Hess
A Claire Malloy Mystery (Claire Malloy Mysteries)

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Claire Malloy discovers that house-hunting can be murder--literally--in the latest entry in Joan Hess's "wildly entertaining series." (Mystery Scene)

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. And the last owner died in circumstances labeled 'accidental' but were actually both 'mysterious' and 'dubious'. The family that owned the estate is now suing the lover of the dead owner over the rights to the property. Oh, and it isn't really for sale. When the previous owner's lover dies practically at her feet, Claire decides to take matters into her own hands. After all, to get the house of her dreams, first she has to find a killer. And all's fair in love, war, and real estate.


About Joan Hess

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JOAN HESS is the author of both the Arly Hanks and the Claire Malloy mystery series, most recently Mummy Dearest. She now lives in Austin, Texas.
Published February 14, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 302 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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At the start of Hess’s snappy, sassy 18th Clare Malloy mystery (after 2008’s Mummy Dearest), Claire, who’s just returned from “a decidedly adventurous honeymoon in Egypt” with her new husband, deputy police chief Peter Rosen, realizes that her small apartment in central Farberville, Ark...

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When her real estate agent disappears and the current contested owner of the house dies at her feet, Claire must solve several mysteries to have a hope of buying the house.

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In Deader Homes and Gardens, Joan Hess’ 18th Claire Malloy book, readers will find Claire fighting for her home.

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