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Madness in Maggody (Arly Hanks #4)

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No doubt about it, local gossips had finally gotten something right: a maniac was loose in Maggody Arkansas (pop. 755). So Chief of Police Ariel "Arly" Hanks, a.k.a. the local girl who did not make good in New York City and came home to lick her wounds, is back in action. Someone sabotaged the grand opening of Jim Bob's Supersaver Buy 4 Les

Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 7th 1992 by Onyx (first published 1991)
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Oct 26, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing
I've read some of other's reviews on this book and they seemed to be mixed (which is with all books, some like them some don't) I very much enjoyed the 4th Ozarks Mystery, everyone in Maggody finally gets what's coming to them in terms of lying and flapping their gums. The Mayor is opening a Super Saver store in town which has the possibility of putting a lot of self employed residents out of business. When the Grand Opening happens, half the town gets food poisoning and Arly shuts the store dow ...more
May 11, 2015 Lenore rated it did not like it
Oct 03, 2015 Alondra marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-i-own
May 23, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
A new grocery (with deli & fresh produce) store, together established businesses feel threatened, meanwhile a championship baseball team gets organized w/Jim Bob, Hizzoner, Buchanan & Arly on opposite side.
Brenda Worley
Jul 18, 2008 Brenda Worley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery Fans
Another awesome cozy mystery from Joan Hess. The Arly Hanks series is one that makes you laugh from beginning to end. If you like deep- south humor with great characters, you'll love this series.
Jul 03, 2013 Kathie rated it did not like it
Not my cup of tea. Did not enjoy the books I have read in this series so far so am not going to read the rest. Too raunchy and boring story lines. I don't believe a town like this could exist.
Jan 29, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes quick and funny mysteries.
The first Maggody book I read. Borrowed if from my friend's mom. It was funny enough to make me read the rest of the series. Clever and not dumb like other quick read mysteries.
Jul 03, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Recommended to Suzanne by: West Chester Mystery Club
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I know a lot of people love this series but it just wasn't doing it for me. I may try the next book at some point - maybe I wasn't in the right mood.
Sue Wargo
Feb 11, 2013 Sue Wargo rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
An early book in the series. Found this on my TBR shelf. Pleasant way to spend a day home sick wrapped up with a fun mystery.
Julie H.
Jul 22, 2009 Julie H. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Book #4 in the Maggody series takes Arly to the grocery store where we'd be wise to steer clear of the condiments aisle.
Jan 16, 2008 Rebekah rated it really liked it
Shelves: readit, mysteries
This was my first "fun" read of the year. I really enjoyed it. It was a nice cozy mystery and I liked the protagonist.
Carol Poplin
Oct 27, 2007 Carol Poplin rated it really liked it
This series is hillarious- set in Arkansas and has every cliched southern character you can imagine.
Aug 27, 2012 Kyrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Parts were really funny. Others were just too sad and humiliating. Not my favorite Maggody book.
Jan 13, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
This is a crazy town with the families to match, Love it.
Aug 24, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Book #52 in 2012

This was a quick read.
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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.

Series contributed to:
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