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Mummy Dearest (Claire Malloy #17)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  592 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Claire Malloy—a single, widowed mother of a teenage daughter and a bookseller in Farberville, Arkansas—has finally said ‘I do’ to her swain, Peter Rosen of the local police department. Now they are on their honeymoon in Luxor, Egypt. Well, Claire is on her honeymoon, accompanied by her daughter Caron, and Inez, Caron’s best friend and frequent partner in adventure.Peter, m ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published April 2008)
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Every good author periodically writes a clinker, and this is Ms. Hess's example. I have loved most of her Malloy and Maggody books. Not so here. I finished it, basically because I expected it would improve. Now, I am waiting for her next one to see if she returns to form.
Very disappointing. The characters all seem like caricatures and Peter seems like an afterthought. It was as if Joan Hess needed an excuse to get Claire Malloy to Egypt and he seemed like the easiest way. In the end the reason for Peter to be in Egypt is never explained. If he is a city cop why would they send him to Egypt. On the other hand if he works for the FBI when did that happen? There are too many questions left unanswered. And if Caron were my daughter she would have been Put Up For Ado ...more
Unlike the last mystery I read, Tree Huggers by Goodreads author Judy Nichols, Mummy Dearest was pretty easy to put down, at least for the first 170 pages. Because I enjoyed some of the earlier Claire Mallory mysteries, I plowed on. It actually did get a lot better about page 170 so I recommend starting there. Still, if over half the book is sort of silly and boring, 3 stars seems like enough.
May 25, 2008 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: other lovers of humorous mysteries
I am a mystery reader and, therefore, love series of favorite authors. I have read Joan Hess and have always liked her Maggody series better than those featuring Claire Malloy. For some reason I just couldn't warm up to Claire.

However, Mummy Dearest held my attention and was LOL funny. Perhaps it was because Claire had more in common this go-around with a favorite character of mine: Amelia Peabody. In fact, Joan dedicates this book to Barbara Mertz (aka Elizabeth Peters).
Hess wanted to write a book based in Egypt; I suspect she also avoided dealing with Clare and Peter as a married couple seting up house in Farberville this way. As reviewed elsewhere, the supporting characters are cartoon-ish; the series isn't particularly "advanced" on the whole, except perhaps the relationship betwen Caron and Inez. Not particularly recommended.
This is one of the worst books I have tried to read for a long time. I got to about the last 10 pages and decided it wasn't worth the effort to even finish. So, don't ask me what happened. The characters are silly and very poorly drawn.
Holly Booms Walsh
This is a cheap knockoff of the Amelia Peabody Emerson series by Elizabeth Peters (a friend of the author). An English drawing room comedy of a mystery set in Egypt that falls flat.
This is an entertaining mystery series with comedic and eccentric characters, quick-paced story, and witty dialog, especially the conversations that take place between Claire Malloy and her teenaged daughter Caron. I really loved the Egyptian setting and antiquities details, but I wish there was more ancient Egypt. I watched the BBC production of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile after reading this book for the spectacular scenery and settings, so similar to those in the book. If you are a fan ...more
These books are clever and quick and fun to read. Nothing memorable however
I had an absolutely delightful time reading Mummy Dearest by Joan Hess. I've read a couple of Hess's Claire Malloy series before and enjoyed them, but I'm not a huge fan. This book was in my MIL pile, though, and I thought I'd give it a try. I am so, so, so glad I reached for it!

As you might have guessed from previous book reviews, I love Elizabeth Peters. Love, love, love Elizabeth Peters. She's used her study and love of Egyptology to write more absolutely delightful books than I can count. We
Alannah Davis
#17 in the Claire Malloy mystery series. Claire finally marries Peter Rosen of the Farberville Police Department. Peter has been trained in international copspeak in order to go on special assignment in Egypt, so that is where he and Claire spend their honeymoon. Unfortunately, much of their honeymoon in Luxor, Egypt is spent apart while Peter is off doing...whatever policework he's there to be doing, leaving Claire behind at the luxurious Winter Palace hotel along with 17-year-old daughter Caro ...more
Claire Malloy is actually likable in this book. I would love to continue this series based on this book, but; unfortunately, I know she reverts true to form in the next - totally self-centered, over-confident in her detective ability and extremely annoying.

She is more laid back in this book and it almost gives you hope that she and her husband, Peter Rosen, can forge a working partnership (in terms of her amateur investigations and his professional law enforcement role). She is not in your face
Lori Whitwam
No such thing as a bad book by Joan Hess. I prefer her "Maggody" series more than this, one of her "Claire Malloy" books, but both series are smart-funny with great plots and offbeat, memorable characters.

This was only three stars, though. Part of that may be my distraction with the Olympics and a craft project, but this seemed to move slowly. Or it had a lot going on, but none of it seemed directly connected to a crime. The murders all happened "off-screen," and seemed very remote. Plus, this e
I have read a TON of this mystery series, but it's been a few years since I picked one up. I've mentioned before that I will stick with an entertaining and engaging heroine through less-than-stellar-plots. Though this one is a little slow going at first, the new setting of Luxor, Egypt, is a refreshing change that makes up a bit for the lackluster plot. It ended up being quite an amusing denouement, and her sly wit comes through especially well in the end.

Caron and Inez's relationship is taking
I love Claire Malloy, and I'm glad to find that she and Peter have finally taken the big step. Their honeymoon in Egypt is anything but romantic, though, with her teenage daughter Caron and Caron's best friend Inez in tow, and Peter off on "special agent" training more than half the time.

Moving the action to the banks of the Nile doesn't reduce Claire's curiosity. With more than a hint of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile," Mummy Dearest is rife with suspicious characters, suspicious Egyptia
Not bad, but the main character seems not to be very likeable, and neither are the supporting characters. She has tons of snark going on -- or maybe that's how the audiobook narrator sounded.
although I DO so hate when I forget where I am in a series, when I picked this one up, I realized I'd already read it, just hadn't listed it. Another good adventure with Ms. Malloy, her police investigator husband and teens Caron and Inez. Fun read.
Ann Marie
If this were the first Joan Hess book I read I would read no more. Took too long to get into the mystery. Yuk
I think this is my favorite Joan Hess to date. (Side note ... I kept thinking during the book how funny it was that she was writing about Egypt as it kept making me think of Elizabeth Peters. Then she mentioned Peabody and I knew it had to be more than coincidence. Imagine my surprise in the end when she mentioned traveling to Egypt with Elizabeth Peters.) I've always liked the Claire Malloy books better than the Maggody series. Maybe because I always had dreams of owning a book store. This one, ...more
Funny mystery set in Egypt. I was amused.
I am usually a big fan of Joan Hess, however, this book was not quite as good as the rest. It took almost half of the book to really get going. For me is was a little far fetched that a small town detective would be working out of country when there has been very little reference in past books abount him training for higher positions or expressing a desire to expand his career. It seemed out of place and out of character. I hope that future books go back to her previous style of writing.
In spite of a premise with potential, this turned out to be a dreary slog. I got more than tired of the endless bickering between all the characters -- it's difficult to believe any of these people care about each other. The secondary cast of British aristocrats seemed to be pale and disagreeable imitations of Noel Coward characters. And Egypt -- which could have been such a fascinating setting -- seemed to be almost entirely inconsequential. Read something else.
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In the latest book of the Claire Malloy series, bookseller/sleuth Claire can't stay out of trouble even while on her honeymoon in Egypt. She stumbles into a mystery involving murder, archaeology, antiquities, and kidnapping. The book is filled with Joan Hess's signature assortment of over-the-top characters, and it kept me entertained through 4 airports and 4 flights, but I was a lot more charmed by her writing style earlier in the series.
Brenda Worley
Dec 31, 2008 Brenda Worley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery Fans
Joan Hess is one of my absolute favs. when it comes to "cozy mysteries". She doesn't let the reader down in this one either. Claire, the character is a humble bookseller in a small town, who is recently married. In this book Claire is on her honeymoon with dh, AND her teenage daughter and dd's best friend. It's definetely a different background for the main character but still an excellent read if you like lighthearted mystery.
Renee Pawlish
I love the Claire Malloy series but I had a hard time getting into this one. It just didn't seem to flow very well. Now, I have to say that I usually read a book in a few days and I've been so busy it too me longer to read it, and that may be in part why the book felt disjointed, but it just seemed like it was lacking in...mystery (and it's a mystery book).
I'll continue to read the series but I hope the next one is better.
Decent trip to modern Egypt with Claire Malloy. Mystery is a little obvious and as usual I wish I liked these enough to read them all in order so I'd have some better character development. Best parts are the mother-daughter interactions, and Inez. I think I like Inez better than anyone else in the series. Bonus 1/2 star for Elizabeth Peters references, subtracted again for my dislike of future Emersons as portrayed.
I checked the audio book out for this novel because I'm working on a book that takes place in Egypt, and as the current political situation makes it impossible to travel there myself, I'm watching, reading, and studying lots of stuff about Egypt.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked the story and the characters. Claire Malloy seems like a fun heroine and I'd like to read more books about her.
Sandy Weir
Quite a departure from the Farberville setting, but the author's enthusiasm over Egypt helps the transition. Several great new characters were introduced and I enjoyed the interests developed by Caron and Inez. For a honeymoon, though, Claire does not see Peter much!
#17 in the Claire Malloy Series
Claire, her new husband, her daughter and her daughter’s best friend head to Egypt for a honeymoon and business trip. While Peter is working with Egyptian officials on a major case, Claire gets involved with the people in the hotel. One of them is kidnapped, involving Claire even more.
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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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