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A Really Cute Corpse (Claire Malloy #4)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  591 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When Claire Malloy's best friend Luanne Bradshaw goes down with a badly sprained ankle, someone must fill in her shoes as Thurberfest beauty Pageant coordinator and usher a bevy of aspiring beauty queen through the two-day event. Enter Claire Malloy to the rescue. But this is one job Claire would gladly be fired from. Now, already fending off a hostile theater owner, and o ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1988)
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This was okay. I prefer the Maggody series but I was desperate. Oh, lovely - it's about a beauty contest that Claire Malloy is bullied into helping with. Hmmm. Been there. [Gah! Don't ask.]
Is someone trying to assassinate the soon-to-be-former Miss Thurberville? How many times can Claire be wrong before she has eliminated all other possibilities and finally hit on the right criminal? How annoying can her adolescent daughter be? Why won't her friend Luanne ever answer the phone? That's a "dead h
I like the author's way with words and dry sense of humor. This book was different in that the first murder doesn't happen until half way through the book. I do prefer the Maggody series.
It's a bit sarky and so I like it. I also liked that it had me guessing at things, reguessing, changing back to my my original choice, haring off in another direction and not making me feel like my brain was stressed.
It's light, it's funny, it's pretty good.
Ginger Leroy
one of the first in her series. because of its age, and current technology it just wasn't all that enjoyable. I figured out the killer mid way. too few really worthwhile plot twists
One more Joan Hess. Even though by now I can see her pattern, still enjoy the sarcastic humor. This one especially entertaining with her caustic comments about small town beauty pageants.
Charlene Gordon
Ok book. Not as good as her Maggody series. Read this on 1998.
I always enjoy this author's sense of humor. She had me laughing and chuckling several times with this book.
Shirley Plummer
The puzzle is interesting. I am not taken with the characters as much would like.
Levy Roberge
Fun, quick, predictable with a twist.
this was just an ok read.
What fun to read these books
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