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Malpractice in Maggody (Arly Hanks #15)

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Apart from small-town feuds and church scandal, things have been so quiet in the little Arkansas town of Maggody that even police chief Arly Hanks has found time for a vacation. But she returns to find trouble brewing and tongues wagging at fever pitch. The local old-folks' home has been sold to a mysterious outsider, and overnight the place has been transformed into the S ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Books (first published January 10th 2006)
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Joan Hess has written another installment of life in Maggody, Arkansas, with all the usual quirky characters--mostly Buchanons who through much intermarriage have extremely limited their gene pool. Arly Hanks is the entire police force of Maggody, and she has her hands full, as usual.

The old folks home is closed; the state cannot finance it any longer so they sell the property to a private concern. Not a word leaks out as to what the purpose of the business will be, but they have torn down much
This is Maggody at its best (or worst, depending on your view of things). Hess always has a few little subplots running underneath the main mystery; which are almost more entertaining. My favorite character is the reverend, who watches porn and subscribes to dirty magazines so he will best know how to protect his flock from the evil such items offer. Sure, Brother Verber, whatever you say…
Judy C.
Not my favorite. I enjoyed the new Buchanan names (Cinatra?) better than the plot.
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Arly returns from a camping trip with boyfriend, Jack, to find the Maggody town folk stirred up. The local nursing home has been sold to a snarky diet doctor who plans to transform the building into an upscale rehab center called the Stonebridge Foundation. His plans begin to fall apart when the Stonebridge receptionist is found drowned in the courtyard fountain. The atmosphere of the place take on a even more sinister air when a second body is discovered in the staff quarters. Dragged into the ...more
The old people's home is torn down and a new facility is erected under great secrecy, until finally at completion is revealed to be The Southbridge Foundation, a celebrity rehab. The denizens of tiny Maggody, Arkansas, are fascinated and frightened by the new 'lunatic asylum', and Police Chief Arly Hanks gets involved when a murder occurs there.

This is supposed to be humorous in its portrayal of the characters in Maggody, but I found it somewhat heavy handed in its satire of the hill folk. I be
You either love the Maggody series or you don't. I start smiling when I see that name on a cover. Joan Hess always produces a good mystery but its hard to notice when you're laughing. For an Ozark town of just over 700, it produces characters that make Deliverance look like a graduate school. Thank heaven I've never met anyone named Buchanon in real life! You can count on that family (who probably make up the majority of the town) to have produced yet more kin with hysterical first names and qua ...more
#17 02/07/06 MALPRACTICE IN MAGGODY by Joan Hess
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/ # OF PGS: Mystery, 2006, 258 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present, Maggody, Arkansas
CHARACTER: Arly Hanks/police chief
COMMENTS: 15th in the series. Still fresh & amusing. The local Senior Home is sold to an exclusive rehab center. The 1st patients are a former child star, a senator, a football star & diet dr. When the receptionist at the center is killed at the center all the patients are highly
suspect as well as the doctors
Jana Denardo
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I've enjoyed all the books in the Maggody series, but some have been a little thin. This is one of the best with plenty of action among the townfolks and the "outsiders" who, as in past book, provide both the victims and the suspects. This book remains a page turner right to the last sentence and leaves you eager for another book in the series.
Brandon Kurtich
Definitely the best of the series so far! Joan Hess is still at the top of her game after writing about Maggody's inhabitants for over a decade. Even if for some strange reason you don't find this book amazing, I guarantee the last paragraph will make up for everything.
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This is one of the funniest in the Maggody series. Not only the usual characters, but the opening of a rehab facility in Maggody has all the locals toting guns. The patients and staff of the rehab facility are hilarious.
Book #33 read in 2013

I liked this story. It was a cute, quick read and since the focus for most of the novel was off the Maggody crew, it was more interesting than some of the others in the series.
Jul 15, 2014 Anu marked it as to-read
Hess brings out another great Maggody mystery, with her usual tongue in cheek wit. About 50 pages too longs, but a delightful read nonetheless.
Maria Elena
Something happened to Hess and she wasn't that funny. I didn't read the next book "Merry Wives" after Al tried it and said not to bother.
May 25, 2012 Vicki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: adult
The town deals with the tearing down of the old folks home and the secretive Stonebridge foundation that is built in its place.
Charlene Gordon
It's always fun to go back to Maggody! Read this in 2007.
All the quirky characters we've come to know and then some. A little surprise at the end.
Malpractice in Maggody: An Arly Hanks Mystery (Arly Hanks Mysteries) by Joan Hess (2006)
Dale Burchfield
Good quick read and very funny Lots of arkensaw hicks With a murder mystery included
Mar 26, 2012 Jewett rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Love this book - her books are not just good mysteries, they are great laughs.
Amy Chrzanowski
Love this whole series. Very light murder mysteries with southern humor.
Julie H.
Jul 22, 2009 Julie H. marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery
The 16th and, I believe, most recent in the Arly Hanks series.
Another fun read............makes you laugh out loud!
Sue Wargo
Classic Maggody. Hess has still got it.
Enjoyable, some places I laughed out loud!
Not one of her finer efforts. Disappointing.
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Joan Hess is the author of both the Claire Malloy and the Maggody mystery series. She is a winner of the American Mystery Award, a member of Sisters in Crime, and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Joan Hess also writes a mystery series under the pseudonym of Joan Hadley.

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