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A Really Cute Corpse (Claire Malloy #4)

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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, 256 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published 1988)
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Loraine
SUMMARY: 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 overly-agressive personal trainer, an incontinent show-dog, a fifteen-year-old daughter with more growing pains than ...more
The Badger
Jul 04, 2016 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
Marfita
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
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Jayme(the ghost reader)
This is the fourth book in the Claire Malloy series. Claire is the owner of Book Depot, a mother of fifteen year old Caron and a single parent. In this installment, she is asked by her best friend Luanne to help direct a beauty pageant, the local Miss Thurburst. All the local young hopefuls flock to be crowned the future queen. It seems our heroine is out of her league but does her best to help her friend. Then the current Miss Thurburst is found dead. Claire seems to be in the middle of another ...more
Kyrie
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Mary Newcomb
Claire Malloy is one of my favorite detectives. She is smart, hard working, engages in witty repartee and is persistent in solving a case. This tale involves her reluctantly assisting with a pageant. As the bodies pile up, she sorts out the truth in some unique ways.
Owlsinger
At the 4th book in this series, I'm starting to find the author's style a bit less annoying, and her wordplay is getting more cleverly inventive. I'll most probably continue; she's on probation for improved behavior.
Shirley Plummer
The puzzle is interesting. I am not taken with the characters as much would like.
Charlene Gordon
Ok book. Not as good as her Maggody series. Read this on 1998.
Mary
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
If Claire Malloy was in a beauty pageant, she would win "Most Likely to be Snarky".
Aj
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun to read these books
Paula
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really like Claire
Levy Roberge
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quick, predictable with a twist.
Daelith
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy this author's sense of humor. She had me laughing and chuckling several times with this book.
Karen
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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.
Ginger Leroy
May 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shirley
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
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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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