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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Hess Narrator: Rachael Warren Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Claire Malloy Mysteries Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Breezy and delightful...one of the most engaging narrators in mystery.”

    Deadly Pleasures

  • “Snappy, sassy…A cast of eccentric supporting characters…add local color.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Humor, sympathetic characters, and plot twists make for an enjoyable addition to this cozy series.”

    Booklist

  • “Real estate problems escalate into murder when newly married Claire Malloy stumbles into a dangerous housing market. This long-running series never loses steam.”                     

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dee | 2/18/2014

    " This was ok. She is also not my very favorite author, but the premise sounded good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 2/18/2014

    " I liked this mystery series when it first came out. I guess I lost track of it. Only have 4 others that I haven't read. I love the main character -- owns a book store. Sounds like something I might like to do in another life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/9/2014

    " Joan Hess's books are nutty, entertaining fluff. This one was ok, nothing special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/3/2014

    " I think my favorite part of Joan Hess's books are the comedy. Many times reading this book I laughed out loud and forced my husband to hear what had just made me laugh. This Malloy series book was ok but I found it a little bit slow in pace. Also, I have to admit I prefer the Arly Hanks series. This story revolved around a house that Clair Malloy and her husband wanted to purchase. Claire REALLY wanted it. The previous owner had died and now his gay boyfriend inherited it. The whole area had been owned by one family for a long time and the story revolves around this and some other story lines. I am glad I read it though. Hopefully a Hanks book will be next. "

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About the Narrator

Rachael Warren is a member of the resident acting company at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she has played such roles as Eliza Doolittle, Sally Bowles, Ophelia, and Portia, as well as originating roles in world premieres by artists such as Paula Vogel and Charles Strouse. Her work has also been seen across the United States at a multitude of regional theaters and on several national tours.