A Conventional Corpse

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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 in the midst of a barely controlled disaster. Not only do each of the writers present their own set of idiosyncracies and difficulties (including one who arrives with her cat Wimple in tow), the feared, distrusted, and disliked mystery editor of Paradigm House, Roxanne Small, puts in a surprise appearance at the conference. Added to Claire's own love-life woes with local police detective Peter Rosen, things have never been worse.

Then when one of the attendees dies in a suspicious car accident, Wimple the cat disappears from Claire's home, and Roxanne Small is nowhere to be found, it becomes evident that the murder mystery is more than a literary genre.

About Joan Hess

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.

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Books by Joan Hess

Pride v Prejudice
Pride v Prejudice
A Holly, Jolly Murder
A Holly, Jolly Murder
Strangled Prose
Strangled Prose
The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn
The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn
Dear Miss Demeanor
Dear Miss Demeanor
A Really Cute Corpse
A Really Cute Corpse
A Diet to Die For
A Diet to Die For
Roll Over and Play Dead
Roll Over and Play Dead
Death by the Light of the Moon
Death by the Light of the Moon
Poisoned Pins
Poisoned Pins
Tickled to Death
Tickled to Death
Busy Bodies
Busy Bodies
Closely Akin to Murder
Closely Akin to Murder
Out on a Limb
Out on a Limb
The Goodbye Body
The Goodbye Body
Damsels in Distress
Damsels in Distress
Mummy Dearest
Mummy Dearest
Deader Homes and Gardens
Deader Homes and Gardens
Murder as a Second Language
Murder as a Second Language

Books in the Series

Pride v Prejudice
Pride v Prejudice
A Holly, Jolly Murder
A Holly, Jolly Murder
Strangled Prose
Strangled Prose
The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn
The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn
Dear Miss Demeanor
Dear Miss Demeanor
A Really Cute Corpse
A Really Cute Corpse
A Diet to Die For
A Diet to Die For
Roll Over and Play Dead
Roll Over and Play Dead
Death by the Light of the Moon
Death by the Light of the Moon
Poisoned Pins
Poisoned Pins
Tickled to Death
Tickled to Death
Busy Bodies
Busy Bodies
Closely Akin to Murder
Closely Akin to Murder
Out on a Limb
Out on a Limb
The Goodbye Body
The Goodbye Body
Damsels in Distress
Damsels in Distress
Mummy Dearest
Mummy Dearest
Deader Homes and Gardens
Deader Homes and Gardens
Murder as a Second Language
Murder as a Second Language