Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Out on a Limb (Claire Malloy, #14)” as Want to Read:
Out on a Limb (Claire Malloy, #14)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Out on a Limb (Claire Malloy #14)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  562 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Farberville, Arkansas is normally a quiet college town, where bookseller Claire Malloy tends her small store and raises her somewhat dramatic teenage daughter Caron. But this week, it's gone a bit out of control. A local group of activists calling themselves the Farberville Green Party is protesting a developer's plan to remove a copse of trees by having retired schoolteac ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published November 19th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published 2002)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Out on a Limb, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Out on a Limb

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 856)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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.
Love Joan Hess but not my favorite of her books. I didn't feel as engaged by the plot as I usually do with her books.
Thought I had it figured out, but there were enough red herrings that I was wrong.
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.
Ann Marie
One of the better Claire Malloy books that I've read. A little surprised at the end as I thought I had the killer pegged.
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.
Arly Hanks
It's a snow day and I need a good laugh.
Ramona Walker
Ramona Walker marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2015
Suzie is currently reading it
Jul 12, 2015
Phyllis marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 28 29 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Resort to Murder (Henrie O, #6)
  • Creeps Suzette (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries, #15)
  • Make No Bones (Gideon Oliver, #7)
  • Southern Ghost (Death on Demand, #8)
  • Dead Crazy (Jenny Cain, #5)
  • The Crepes of Wrath (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery, #9)
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.

Series contributed to:
. Crosswinds
. The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mys
More about Joan Hess...

Other Books in the Series

Claire Malloy (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • Strangled Prose (Claire Malloy, #1)
  • The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn (Claire Malloy, #2)
  • Dear Miss Demeanor (Claire Malloy, #3)
  • A Really Cute Corpse (Claire Malloy, #4)
  • A Diet to Die For (Claire Malloy, #5)
  • Roll Over and Play Dead (Claire Malloy, #6)
  • Death by the Light of the Moon (Claire Malloy, #7)
  • Poisoned Pins (Claire Malloy, #8)
  • Tickled to Death (Claire Malloy, #9)
  • Busy Bodies (Claire Malloy, #10)
Malice in Maggody (Arly Hanks, #1) Strangled Prose (Claire Malloy, #1) Mischief in Maggody (Arly Hanks, #2) The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn (Claire Malloy, #2) Martians in Maggody (Arly Hanks, #8)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »