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Murder as a Second Language: A Claire Malloy Mystery (Claire Malloy Mysteries) Hardcover – December 17, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Claire Malloy Mysteries (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250011965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250011961
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

With her bookstore, the Book Depot, being run by a competent graduate student, Claire Malloy is at loose ends. Her attempt to learn French cooking meets with dismay, so when her daughter, Caron, and Caron’s friend Inez sign up to tutor English-as-a-second-language students to beef up their college applications, Claire offers to help tutor. After being turned down as a tutor since she missed the training session, Claire is roped into becoming a board member of the Farberville Literacy Council. She soon learns there are problems with the council’s books, and then an elderly Polish student, Ludmilla, is murdered at the council’s office. The unpleasant Ludmilla’s death is not even mourned by her own grandson, so there are plenty of suspects. As Claire investigates, she uncovers other nefarious deeds that have transpired among the employees of the literacy council, and she becomes a target. Claire’s investigation leads to the resolution of several crimes in this satisfying cozy that contains humor, sympathetic characters, and well-drawn family relationships. --Sue OBrien

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"If you've never spent time with Claire Malloy and her crew, I feel sorry for you. Stop reading this nonsense and hop to it. You'll see wit and humanity all wrapped up in a nifty murder mystery." —Harlan Coben

"Snappy, sassy." —Publishers Weekly on Deader Homes and Gardens

"Hess writes this series with a wickedly funny sense of humor. Anyone looking to be amused by a wildly entertaining series will have a good time." —Mystery Scene on Out on a Limb

"Humor, sympathetic characters, and plot twists make for an enjoyable addition to this cozy series." —Booklist on Deader Homes and Gardens


More About the Author

Oh dear, this seems so personal. I was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, luckily a blue dot in a red state. Did the normal kid stuff, avoided the long arm of the law. I earned a BA in art from the U of A, and a MS in early childhood development from Long Island University. I was teaching art in a preschool (pretty clever combination of the degrees, right?) when a friend suggested I write a romance novel. I wrote ten unpublishable ones before I realized I needed a splash of blood and a slather of humor in my prose and turned to mysteries. The Claire Malloy series came first, followed by the Maggody series. A third series, the Theo Bloomer mysteries, sputtered out after two novels, alas (it was going to be my "travel" series, requiring me to take tax-deductible business trips to do the research).

Now I live in Austin, Texas (also a blue dot, but a bigger one), a ten-minute drive from my absolutely adorable twin grandchildren Jack and Annabelle, soon to be three years old. Please don't ask me if they're identical. Their gracious mother frequently allows me to drop whatever I'm doing and dash over to babysit. And I do.

I'm currently working on my forty-fifth (or so) mystery, a Claire Malloy based on my brief experience in the jury pool. When I'm not babysitting, that is.

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Hope the next book in the series comes out soon!
Jean R. Roach
I am not quite half-way through the book and am having to force myself to keep reading.
Lou
The depth of of her characters, the well developed plots keep me coming back for more.
Susan Sleuth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LSNelson on January 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am not sure what's happening to some of the authors I regularly read. It isn't me changing, since lots of reviews wonder the same thing.
I have read the other Claire Malloy novels, and while it isn't my favorite series, I usually enjoy them. This one, I couldn't even finish. I skimmed through to see what was happening.
What was happening is a change in Claire. The self confident single mom married a few books back, and in this one her husband seems to call the shots. Why did he hire someone to staff Claire's bookshop? The bookstore she has owned for years, and I thought loved? I guess not, I guess it was "just a job" until she hooked that rich husband. He asks her to resign from the literacy center and she does.
If the series lasts, what will happen when Caron and Inez go off to college? It will even be more boring than now. Oh, is it the author who think that manicurists and car mechanics are uneducated (poor Caron will become one if she doesn't get into college), or is it just Claire who is so ignorant? Not only are they educated after high school, they often make more money than Claire does with her bookshop!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Sloane on January 19, 2014
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I was extremely disappointed in this book. It didn't live up to the high quality of humor and interest that I've come to expect expect in the Claire Malloy series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By margo on February 7, 2014
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Amusing, may not be one of her best, but a fun read all the same. I will certainly buy her next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jojo on February 5, 2014
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I have all the Claire Malloy books..Good stories, Good read, Good entertainment....If you started with the first one to current, it's a fun ride..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose on February 3, 2014
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I have always enjoyed Joan Hess' mysteries. This one was no different...it is an interesting, witty, and perplexing murder mystery with real life situations. Her characters are so real that I found Claire's daughter annoying me with her true to life teen antics...it made me wish that I could 'ground' that daughter for a month of Sundays! LOL Most of us can identify with the family problems and social situations that Claire encounters while solving a murder that baffles even her deputy husband.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wilsonbelle on January 14, 2014
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Always a treat to read Joan Hess' latest. Would have liked a bit more action. Clare and her daughter are great fun. Wishing for a new book in the Maggoddy series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By loufry on January 14, 2014
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I found this to be somewhat lame. It gets old when every story line has our sleuth being rejected by police and then ends up solving crime.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lou on February 3, 2014
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I have read the books Joan Hess has written, and, in the past, really enjoyed them. The last few have become more and more boring. This most recent book shows me the series have completely lost its charm, along with the characters. I am not quite half-way through the book and am having to force myself to keep reading. It's a sad state of affairs, and I will miss looking forward to Hess's next book, but I am done with reading this series.
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