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Malpractice in Maggody (Arly Hanks #15)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  542 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
A part 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 ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Books (first published January 10th 2006)
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Mar 24, 2014 Carole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books-read
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
Jan 25, 2016 Ladysatel rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Arly Hanks the Police chief of Maggody (rhymes with raggedy) sneaks back into town after her vacation with a new male friend so she won't be beset with questions by her mother Ruby Bee. The town is all atwitter with the mystery of who bought the old folks home outside Maggody. All the old folks were moved or sent back to relatives, causing a great disturbance within the Buchanan Clan. A new building is being built where the old folks home was, but no one seems to know what is going on. No one, n ...more
May 11, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jun 27, 2011 Judy C. rated it liked it
Not my favorite. I enjoyed the new Buchanan names (Cinatra?) better than the plot.
Jul 10, 2013 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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May 21, 2009 Genie rated it liked it
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
Mar 09, 2011 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor
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
Feb 12, 2010 judy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Sep 29, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
Jul 07, 2013 Jana Denardo rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Dec 29, 2015 Alice rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Cozy mystery
Series but can be read as stand alone -- plot references give just enough background to continue story. Revelation of ?pregnancy for Arly hints at next major event in character's life. But characters are not main focus.They seem to be sterotypical characters-- hillbilly, inept Good Old boys-- portrayed to the extreme.

Jan 27, 2008 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2009 Brandon Kurtich rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 29, 2013 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
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Feb 06, 2008 Cyndee rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2011 Maria Elena rated it liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Aug 14, 2014 Charlene Gordon rated it it was amazing
It's always fun to go back to Maggody! Read this in 2007.
Jul 26, 2010 Sherry rated it really liked it
All the quirky characters we've come to know and then some. A little surprise at the end.
Apr 17, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Love this book - her books are not just good mysteries, they are great laughs.
Amy Chrzanowski
Aug 14, 2012 Amy Chrzanowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 15, 2009 Cranbery rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another fun read............makes you laugh out loud!
Sue Wargo
Jan 13, 2013 Sue Wargo rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Classic Maggody. Hess has still got it.
Sep 17, 2010 Roseann rated it liked it
Enjoyable, some places I laughed out loud!
Oct 27, 2013 Barbara rated it it was ok
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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