Closely Akin to Murder

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At first it seems like a prank. How could Veronica Landonwood be the voice on the other end of the phone when she died three decades ago? But as Arkansas bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy is about to find out, her cousin "Ronnie" is very much alive-and in trouble. And could use Claire's help . . .

Today, Ronnie is a renowned scientist living in Chicago. But when she was a teenager, she had a run-in with a famous Hollywood producer in Acapulco, Mexico. He attempted to sexually assault her-and she killed him. Having served time in prison, Ronnie finally put this episode behind her . . . until now. Just when she has a real shot at the Nobel Prize, a ruthless blackmailer is threatening to expose the secrets of her past. Can Claire help to preserve Ronnie's reputation and keep her out of harm's way? That will depend on Claire's investigation-and what really happened on the night of the murder so many years ago . . .

Wildly entertaining.
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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
A Conventional Corpse
A Conventional Corpse
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
A Conventional Corpse
A Conventional Corpse
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