Deader Homes and Gardens

Deader Homes and Gardens

A Claire Malloy Mystery

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Finding what she hopes will be an ideal house to share with her new husband and teenage daughter, Claire Malloy learns that the property's previous owner died under suspicious circumstances and that a real estate agent has gone missing.

McMillan Palgrave
Claire Malloy discovers that house-hunting can be murder—literally—in the latest entry in Joan Hess's "wildly entertaining series." (Mystery Scene)
Back from her somewhat unusual honeymoon, Claire Malloy must face the harsh reality of life with her new husband, police chief Peter Rosen, and her teenage daughter Caron—three people simply can’t fit into her cosy two bedroom apartment. After a week of fruitless looking, she finally finds the perfect
place—a well preserved large house on a large plot of land in an area called Hollow Valley. There are only a few problems. Such as the real estate agent disappeared mid-showing and hasn’t been seen since. And the last owner died in circumstances labeled ’accidental’ but were actually both ’mysterious’ and ’dubious’. The family that owned the estate is now suing the lover of the dead owner over the rights to the property. Oh, and it isn’t really for sale. When the previous owner’s lover dies practically at her feet, Claire decides to take matters into her own hands. After all, to get the house of her dreams, first she has to find a killer. And all’s fair in love, war, and real estate.


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Finding what she hopes will be an ideal house to share with her new husband and teenage daughter, Claire Malloy learns that the property's previous owner died under suspicious circumstances and that a real estate agent has gone missing. By the author of the Arly Hanks series.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312363628
0312363621
Branch Call Number: M HESS
Characteristics: 291 p

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Jun 05, 2012

Solid offering in a mostly great series. (Although I do not disagree with below eval.)

bookfanatic1979 Feb 21, 2012

Not one of my favorites. This entry required a larger suspension of disbelief than usual for me when it came to some of Claire’s escapades. Either I’m growing more cynical, or her justifications are growing less believable.

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