Damsels in Distress

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A Renaissance Fair is coming to the relatively quiet college town of Farberville Arkansas, which is not the sort of news that usually sets local bookseller Claire Malloy's heart racing. But with Claire's daughter, Caron, being the perpetually petulant teenager that she is, and her fiancé, Police Lieutenant Peter Rosen, away, she finds herself drawn into the strange inner workings of the group putting on the fair.

Stranger still: A Ren Fair volunteer has just been found burned in the wreckage of a rented home. Who is this woman, and why haven't any of her associates ever met her in the flesh? When the fair is set to open, tensions expose the dark secrets and malevolent schemes that lurk beneath the surface. Now, with Claire's dreams of a blissful wedding hanging in the balance, she has no choice but to fling herself into the battle and match wits with the killer . . .

Lively, sharp, irreverent.
New York Times Book Review on Poisoned Pins

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
A Conventional Corpse
A Conventional Corpse
Out on a Limb
Out on a Limb
The Goodbye Body
The Goodbye Body
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
A Conventional Corpse
A Conventional Corpse
Out on a Limb
Out on a Limb
The Goodbye Body
The Goodbye Body
Mummy Dearest
Mummy Dearest
Deader Homes and Gardens
Deader Homes and Gardens
Murder as a Second Language
Murder as a Second Language