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Death by the Light of the Moon (Claire Malloy #7)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  608 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
"Outstanding...A fun-to-read mixture of homicide and humor."
THE PITTSBURGH PRESS
In this, the seventh adventure in the Claire Malloy series, Claire discovers a lot about her late, unlamented husband. The viperish family matriarch, Miss Justicia, gives a preview of her latest will at the decaying family estate in Louisiana. From snobbish Cousin Maxie and timid, tippling Paul
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Ballantine Books (first published 1992)
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Loraine
Mar 29, 2016 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SUMMARY: Things that go bump in the Bayou...
For bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy getting a root canal beats going to a Malloy family reunion. But it is time her fifteen-year-old daughter Caron visits her deceased father's relatives. Now Claire and Caron have arrived at Malloy Manor, a run-down mansion in Louisiana's bayou country...where the mosquitoes are big enough to barbecue, the swamp is crawling with alligators, the butler looks like he stepped out of a teen slasher movie, and t
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The Badger
Jul 04, 2016 The Badger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Claire Malloy series is a step above a Cozy, mainly because you actually LIKE the characters. Claire is the single mother of Caron, a teenaged daughter who's at the age of speaking in ALL CAPS. Claire is also the proprietor of a bookstore (which she doesn't seem to spend much time in, on account of solving murders and trying to calm Caron down to at least italics). Peter is Claire's detective boyfriend whom she's lucky to have, otherwise she'd spend the majority of her time in a holding cell ...more
David
Jan 14, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
This was my first adventure with Claire, but I found myself enjoying the dialogue, the mindset, and the whimsical nature of this novel. Claire, an amatuer sleuth, and her daughter, go to visit her dead husband's family and quickly find themselves in a scene that is not-far-removed from the Addams family. One cousin is a long-haired pot smoker that never removes his sunglassess or ipod headphones, another is a cackling old grandmother who runs her motorized wheelchair like it belonged in a NASCAR ...more
Alannah Davis
Bookseller/amateur sleuth Claire Malloy and her daughter Caron travel to a dilapidated mansion on the Louisiana bayou for a sort of Malloy family reunion. Her late ex-husband's mother, Miss Justicia, is celebrating her eightieth birthday, and wants her would-be heirs present so she can reveal the latest change in her will.

An amusing collection of characters - from Miss Justicia, who cackles maniacally while racing around the ground of Malloy Manor in her wheelchair, to the overly affectionate br
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Doris
Feb 20, 2016 Doris rated it really liked it
This mystery about a bookstore owner, Claire, and her teen daughter, Caron, traveling on invitation to meet and celebrate with the ancient mother-in-law of the widowed Claire. Claire wants her daughter to meet the family of her deceased husband, not realizing he had not so much left, as escaped, his childhood and the family he grew up around.

One of the things I particularly enjoyed about this story, as opposed to some of the later ones, is that Claire took no potshots at her deceased mate, altho
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Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
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Laura
Jan 04, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read quite a few (around a dozen or so) of the Malloy mysteries, and this is the first one I just couldn't seem to get into. I stopped about halfway through when I realized that I couldn't even tell all of Claire's relatives apart, and that I moreover didn't really care who was who. The death in this case seemed to be a mere accident, as everyone except Claire is happy to point out, and I wasn't captured by the dialogue as much as I usually am. In this book, it didn't seem witty - it seem ...more
Kyrie
Feb 09, 2014 Kyrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Light, somewhat funny (if you're not inclined to be upset about portrayals of all Southerners as racist hicks, criminals, and/or crazy) story in the continuing drama of Claire and her daughter Caron. I still often want to smack Claire for going off on trails by herself and not telling anyone. And Caron ... well, let's just say she drives me nuts and leave it at that. Although, she wasn't as bad as usual in this one.
Mary Newcomb
Claire and Caron are summoned to Louisiana to meet Caron's grandmother on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Nothing much goes as planned and Claire ends up solving several mysterious deaths. Somehow this is all fairly amusing and lighthearted, I do enjoy this series.

Ryan James
Jun 24, 2012 Ryan James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joan-hess
If you like Louisiana, you will enjoy this volume. This is my second time reading it. What surprises me with Hess is her vocabulary. For a quick and easy read, she does use some sophisticated vocabulary, making this better reading than some.
Pat
Nov 29, 2010 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
Decent plotting and her style of writing either has improved or I'm getting used to her odd style. But I doubt I'll read any more of her books. This book has a Southern racist component that was interesting, however. That is, Hess isn't racist, but some of the characters were.
Chazzle
Jun 06, 2007 Chazzle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Joan Hess has skill, but I guess I'm just not in the mood for a mystery. Mostly, I like her characterization and humor, but the solution really seemed a quantum leap. More answers/results than "proofs".

Found myself forcing the last 40 pages. Maybe it's me.
Patricia
Feb 07, 2012 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist is too glib, too superior to feel any empathy with, as is her daughter, Caron. Hess needs to take a look at MC Beaton, who manages to make the irascible Agatha Raisin endearing and interesting. There is no depth to this mildly amusing farce, and Hess is no Wodehouse.
Lisa Greer
Hess has a bit of the voice of Barbara Michaels/Peters. That's the type of cozy I like, so I'm enjoying this one so far. It's not as riveting as some I've read, but it's better than many. I like the gothic feel to it and the good description and dialogue.
Charlene Gordon
Ok book, not as good as her Maggody series. Read this in 1998.
Jackie
Dec 04, 2016 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quick read
Susan Smith
Jul 08, 2007 Susan Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one
Wild family reunion.
Monica Willyard
Apr 05, 2009 Monica Willyard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls, mysteries
Wickedly funny.
Catherine Marshall
Snarky Claire sticking her nose into a murder investigation with the usual consequences. Not the most amusing book in this series.
Nancy Cook-senn
Murder and mayhem among the decadent gentry in bayou Louisiana.
Rebecca
Aug 26, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
catching up on a book club selection through the local library
Cheryl
Aug 05, 2008 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love ANY mystery by Joan Hess!! (A Summer 08 book)
Alison Ross
Silly but fun.
Dorothy
Light fast reading,,,nothing really exciting
Pat
Apr 02, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Carla
Carla rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2012
Lorie
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Jun 16, 2013
Lisa Sussenberger
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Apr 22, 2013
Amanda Reed
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May 30, 2013
Amy Aelleah
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Apr 08, 2013
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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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