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Out on a Limb (Claire Malloy #14)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  528 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Faberville bookstore owner Claire Malloy is ruminating over the state of her love life when she gets disturbing news. Elderly Miss Emily Parchester is up a tree. Chained to an old oak, packing a thermos of tea and a gun, the retired schoolteacher is ready to go down with the ship, or rather the tree, before she'll let another historic piece of Farberville be bulldozed in t
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 17th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published 2002)
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Although there are a couple of subtle cross-references to Joan Hess’ other famous mystery series (Arly Hanks in Maggody, AR) such as when the protagonists in Out on a Limb go to a nearby small town and visit the Pot o’ Gold trailer park in search of clues and notice they are being tailed by a police car, I personally feel like the Claire Malloy mysteries are less “out there” in their humor than the aforementioned Maggody series. Maybe it is the difference between the ultra-small town-ness of Mag ...more
Joan Hess mysteries are fast moving and I find them hard to put down until I reach the end...which usually means marathon reading sessions that leave me breathless. Needless to say I am not quit sure how Claire Malloy manages to keep up the pace she does in the story. Joan Hess, as always, weaves a complicated tale with many mysterious twists that only Claire can untangle. And in this one the ending is quite a surprise! You won't want to miss this one.
Mike Zickar
Needed a good mystery page-turner. This one went quick, and was well-written.
Lots of twists. Mystery books are usually a 3 but this was a 4.
Sandy Weir
Miss Parchester is back and I love learning more about her! Another relatively cozy, if complicated Ms. Malloy (plus Caron, mystery with several twining threads that include Claire having to care for a new baby and an old tree huger sipping tea in the rain.
Another great book for the treadmill. (I accidentally typed dreadmill. mmmm....) An easy read mystery in a good series. You have to love book store owners.
typical Claire Malloy - always in trouble. I do really enjoy Joan Hess stories, they always make me laugh and are just fun to read.
Linz Zee
After reading Josi S. Kilpack's comedic and intense mystery novels, this was just boring and tiresome.
Karen Defreitas
Worth reading - interesting story line and the author kept you guessing
Larue Miller
Loved the lates (to me) in this series, always a laugh a minute
Levy Roberge
I was stunned by the ending. Didn't see that coming
Chi Dubinski
Another strong book in the Claire Molly series.
This was a quick, fun read.
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It's a snow day and I need a good laugh.
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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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