Claire Malloy by Joan Hess
Claire Malloy is the protagonist in a series of cozy mystery novels by American novelist Joan Hess. Claire Malloy owns a small bookstore in the fictional town of Farberville, Arkansas that’s located right across from Farberville College.

Joan Hess began her Claire Malloy mystery series in 1986 with the novel Strangled rose. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Joan Hess’ Claire Malloy books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

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

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Claire Malloy Mysteries Synopses: Strangled Prose by Joan Hess is Hess’ debut novel as well as the debut of her character Claire Malloy. Azalea Twilight was an author of romance novels – not exactly a death sentence. However, when Claire Malloy finds out that her novels had more than a dash of truth to them, she may hold in her hands the answer to this “whodunnit.”

The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn is book 2 in Joan Hess’ Claire Malloy series. Claire heads off to the murder mystery weekend at the Mimosa Inn with her daughter Caron. The guests dress up as fictional detectives such as Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. But soon, what turns out as fiction turns real and one of the mock victims turns out to be a real murder victim. Claire must search through the inn for the uninvited guest.

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