Joan Hess
Joan Hess is an American author of cozy mystery novels. She writes the Claire Malloy series and the Arly Hanks series (also known as the Maggody Mysteries). Hess earned her B.A. from the University of Arkansas in art and an M.S. in early childhood development from Long Island University. It was suggested to her by a friend to try writing a romance novel. After ten tries, she decided to switch to mysteries and finally found success. Joan lives in Austin, Texas and has two twin grandchildren.

Joan Hess made her debut as a published novelist in 1986 with the novel Strangled Prose. Below is a list of Joan Hess’ books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Claire Malloy Books


Strangled Prose(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dear Miss Demeanor(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Really Cute Corpse(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Diet to Die For(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Roll Over and Play Dead(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death by the Light of the Moon(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Poisoned Pins(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tickled to Death(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Busy Bodies(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Closely Akin to Murder(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Holly Jolly Murder(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Conventional Corpse(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Out on a Limb(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Goodbye Body(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Damsels in Distress(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mummy Dearest(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deader Homes and Gardens(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder as a Second Language(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pride v. Prejudice(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Theo Bloomer Books


The Night Blooming Cereus(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deadly Ackee(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Arly Hanks Books


Malice in Maggody(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mischief in Maggody(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Much Ado in Maggody(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Madness in Maggody(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mortal Remains in Maggody(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maggody in Manhattan(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
O Little Town of Maggody(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Martians in Maggody(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miracles in Maggody(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Maggody Militia(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Misery Loves Maggody(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
murder@maggody.com(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maggody and the Moonbeams(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Muletrain to Maggody(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Malpractice in Maggody(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Merry Wives of Maggody(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Future Tense(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Rover, Red Rover(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Tales of Obsession: Mystery Stories of Fatal Attractions and Deadly Desires(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Romance Writer and Other Stories(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Big Foot Stole My Wife! and Other Stories(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deadly Ackee and Other Stories(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies


The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Funny Bones: 15 New Tales of Murder and Mayhem(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crime After Crime(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Malice Domestic 9(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Theo Bloomer series was written as Joan Hadley. Tales of Obsession: Mystery Stories of Fatal Attractions and Deadly Desires also contains stories by Patricia Highsmith, Evan Hunter, P.D. James, Nancy Pickard, Ruth Rendell and Lawrence Treat. The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories was co-edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg. Crime After Crime was co-edited by Martin H. Greenberg.

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  • Pat Trubey

    she looks so much prettier & it is so much healthier.

  • Pat Trubey

    stupid to end the show.