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A Conventional Corpse (Claire Malloy #13)

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Farberville, Arkansas is playing host to its first ever mystery convention. Sponsored by the Thurber Farber Foundation and held at Farber College, Murder Comes to Campus is playing host to five major mystery writers representing all areas of the field. Dragooned into running the show when the original organizer is hospitalized, local bookseller Claire Malloy finds herself ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 13th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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Jasmine Giacomo
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Claire Malloy, owner of the Book Depot bookstore, finds herself suddenly in charge of a weekend murder mystery convention when the organizer is hospitalized. Five mystery authors, strong personalities intact, swoop into town, clashing with each other, their B&B owner, and a surprise guest who crashes the convention: their agent. A local girl crashes her car on the way home from the first night of the convention, but it's more than just a simple accident. And then the theories get really cree ...more
The Badger
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Dale Safford
Mar 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love the interesting cover, and the plot of murder at a mystery writers convention showed great promise, but I had to force myself to read this book. The characters are cardboard, main character Claire Malloy is just THERE and seems totally unable to pull things together or solve anything, and the dialogue has a very stilted, formal style ("why did you respond so virulently?"-what does that mean?). I went from this slow-moving story to an action-packed, page-turner mystery by Harlan Coben and ...more
George
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
#13 in the small bookstore owner Claire Mallory set in the small college town of Farberville, Arkansas. The town is playing host to its first ever mystery convention which is held at Farber College, Murder Comes to Campus is playing host to five major mystery writers representing all areas of the field. When the original organizer is hospitalized, Claire Malloy finds herself in charge of the two day convention. Soon, everything that can go wrong, does with Claire in the middle of trying to keep ...more
Jan
Feb 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
Holding a murder mysstery writers convention in faberville, Arkansas, Claire Malloy is left running the mess rather than just selling books to the attendees. On the side, she has to solve the murder of conference attendee as well as the nasty agent to four of the authors. Better than the earlier ones.
Ruth Turner
Jul 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Had run out of books to read on vacation so picked this up at the little lending library while taking a walk around the lake. Not my kind of book...silly, absurd (who would ever act like those characters, especially the police?) but stuck it out. But, nice that there are books out there for everyone's taste!
Lesley Looper
I enjoyed the fact that this was about a mystery writers' convention in the college town of Farberville, as well as the development of the relationship between bookseller Claire Malloy, the protagonist, and Detective Peter Rosen. The ending caught me a little off guard, but it was a good read!
Jenn
May 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
A mystery convention with 5 major mystery writers was coming to Farberville, Arkansas. They all stayed at an inn and the editor was found murdered in a cistern. Everyone had their own spin on who dunnit. I just wanted to find out the ending.
Jewett
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I enjoy her books and think this ids one of the best Claire Malloy mysteries. Decent plot of lots of laughs along the way.
Miriam
Mar 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
i had hoped for a good snow-day read. i had to talk myself into finishing it.
Gina Estrada
so much with the plot... mystery writers could be a possible suspect, you'll just never know because the way they think.
Angela Barbee
Jan 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ive had enough from these annoying characters! And the biggest twist is that a cat goes missing? Naw...
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Joan Hess was the author of both the Claire Malloy and the Maggody mystery series. Hess was a winner of the American Mystery Award, a member of Sisters in Crime, and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. She lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Joan Hess also wrote a mystery series under the pseudonym of Joan Hadley.

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