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Dear Miss Demeanor (Claire Malloy #3)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  802 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Agatha Award-winning author Joan Hess, the prolific creator of the Claire Malloy and Maggody mysteries, is beloved for her clever sleuths, quirky characters, and her ingenious plotting. We invite you to enjoy this delightful Claire Malloy mystery, and to discover why Sharyn McCrumb calls Joan Hess "the patron saint of comic mystery."

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 15th 2000 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1987)
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I am a great fan of Joan Hess books, her delightful sense of humor, her harassed bookseller with a teenaged daughter who speaks in capitals (MOTHER, you are so IMPOSSIBLE!. The portrait of
life in a small college town, the hardly profitable enterprise of running an independent book store,
and the often thankless parenting of a high school student are all so funny and the murders to be solved in her books are just interesting enough to keep serious mystery fans happy too. I am definitely going to
Claire Molloy, bookstore owner, is volunteered by her teenage daughter to substitute at the high school after the journalism teacher is suspended under suspicion of having embezzled club money. The idea seems to be that Miss Parchester was framed, and that Claire would do some sleuthing inbetween her class periods. Claire delves into the microcosm of a high school (anno 1987 or so). I liked the various characters that she encountered, such as the hyper-efficient Miss Dort, the slimy janitor, the ...more
Her plotting was fine but I couldn't warm to her flippant writing. Also, I felt like her writing was stilted and that she used words almost inappropriately, like she didn't really understand the meaning of the words. Very odd writing to me.
Clarice Stasz
I normally don't read Cosy mysteries, but I was drawn to this one because the deaths occur in a school. So I was unfamiliar with Hess's voice and her bookseller detective Claire Malloy. At first I found her humor cloying, but kept on to discover the fun of her high school teaching characters. They had me reminisce on the more eccentric teachers I encountered. I enjoyed Claire's acerbic personality, not a perfect mother or sleuth. She tricked me with the solution as well. I think I have found a C ...more
I had read this one a while ago. In re-reading, I realized why I had never followed the series. It is terrible!

This is one of those books where the author adds scenes not because they contribute to the plot but so that the main character may have additional opportunities to make snide and nasty comments about everyone and everything around her. The main character, Claire Malloy, spends the entire* book sniping at people and making rude comments to those around her. Most disturbing were the sarca
Claire seems to be hitting the bottle frequently. Is this going to be a problem in future books? On to the next in the series to find out.
Kalendra Dee
Claire Malloy’s daughter, Caron, is devastated when a teacher at here high school is removed after being accused of petty thievery. Miss Parchester was in charge of the school newspaper and, without her, the Dear Miss Demeanor column will not be published. An aspiring journalist, Caron had a chance to actually write for the column when the current “Miss Demeanor” is out of school with mono. Taking a decided course of action, Caron volunteers her mom as a substitute teacher and convinces her to i ...more
Janet York
Silly, cute book. Just the right mix of sarcasm and fun prose. I want to be Claire Malloy minus the teenage drama queen daughter.
Joan Hess is one of the few murder mystery writers I unreservedly adore. Her Clair Malloy mysteries have a perfect sense of humor about them--in this one, Claire is stuck substituting at her daughter's school where someone is murdered via some horrible sounding peach thing. [The poor former journalism teacher is particularly memorable.] My mother introduced me to the series and I was hooked. The daughter is spot on and perfectly annoying as she deals with the high school drama of her mother as a ...more
Claire Malloy out of mistaken loyalty to her daughter volunteers as a substitute teacher for journalism when the teacher is accused of embezzlement. After the murder, Claire has two mysteries to solve in order to escape the detention of high school a second time.

Ms. Malloy is northeast tart and world weary. At times a tad too clever and arch, however, a definite change of pace.
Love this author for her wit! It's like reading the script of a stand up comic, but better because there is a viable mystery as well. I'm reading one after another, at least for now.
Hess was reliving high school and showing a lot of sympathy for both students and teachers in this one. Absurdity mixed into the plot of a conventional whodunit--an entertaining formula.
Jan 29, 2008 Jackie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like clever quick reads
I read this a long time ago, but I remember it being clever and, mostly, remember Miss Demeanor's advice in the book jacket that all women need a good pair of asbestos boots.
A quick and reasonably entertaining read. Not great "art", but worthy of an hour or two of perusal after everyone has gone home after a big Thanksgiving dinner.
Charlene Gordon
Ok book, not as good as her Maggody series. Read this in 1998.
Sandy Weir
Having taught school, this one really seemed sooo right! Humorous characters and lots of caustic comments.. yielded an entertaining read!
I like this series better when Claire is working with Peter instead of withholding information from the police.
Enjoyable mystery novel. I enjoy Claire her personality is humorous.
Not Joan Hess's best series, but funny and fluffy.
May 15, 2012 Patti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Book Lovers
This is the 3rd book in the Claire Malloy Series.
Re-reading Joan Hess - i love her!
did not finish it - too goofy
Passed on to me from Mom.
Susan Smith
Jul 08, 2007 Susan Smith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Light hearted reading.
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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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