Much Ado in Maggody (The Arly Hanks Mysteries) Paperback – December 14, 2021 by Joan Hess

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[280 pages]

PUB: December 14, 2021

$22.99 $16.21

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Author: Hess Joan

Brand: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road

Edition: Reprint

Package Dimensions: 25x203x322

Number Of Pages: 280

Release Date: 17-10-2017

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A hilarious police procedural set in the strangest town in the Ozarks, where whip-smart sheriff Arly Hanks does everything she can to keep the peace.

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 know 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.

When Joanna Mae Nookim returns to work after giving birth, the bank manager bumps her down to minimum wage as punishment for taking time off. It’s outrageous, but there’s nothing Arly can do. But when the bank burns to the ground and the head teller is found dead, Maggody threatens to burst into an all-out revolution for the sake of women’s rights.

Fans of comic mysteries have known for years that no small town is quite like Maggody. With its wild cast of characters and its no-nonsense female detective,
Much Ado in Maggody is evidence of master of cozy mysteries Joan Hess at her best.

Much Ado in Maggody is the 3rd book in the Arly Hanks Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.


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

About the Author

Joan Hess (1949–2017) was an award-winning author of several long-running mystery series. Born in Arkansas, she was teaching preschool when she began writing fiction. Known for her lighthearted, witty novels, she created the Claire Malloy Mysteries and the Arly Hanks Mysteries, both set in Arkansas.

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