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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Hess Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Arly Hanks Mysteries Release Date: January 1999 ISBN: 9781436125796
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Joan Hess, highly acclaimed author, is known for her wonderful sense of the bizarre and talent for spinning a web of intrigue. She perpetually packs her unique mystery series with murder and mayhem in the not-so-sleepy town of Maggody, Arkansas.


Maggody Police Chief Arly Hanks is all shook up when she hears that her mother collapsed during a pilgrimage to Graceland and is in a Memphis hospital. Another member of the tour is pushed to her death from a hotel balcony. A prominent Maggody citizen stands accused of the murder. Arly’s suspicious mind tells her to snap into action--it’s now or never--before the touring residents of Maggody are returned to sender ... in a hearse.

Voicing the perfect amount of wit and satire along with the fast-paced dialog, narrator C.J. Critt gives listeners a real treat, as this mystery spins out of control and back again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hess does again here what she has done so expertly before: keep a firm hand on outrageous characters whose peccadilloes are worthy of a French farce.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Another hilarious episode in a superb series. If you haven’t yet met the denizens of Maggody, there’s no time like the present.”  Booklist
  • “Much of the charm of the Maggody series lies in its quirky characters and local color. C.J. Critt dives right into this story of a pilgrimage to Graceland…The distinct personalities of the characters are well developed, which is essential in a comedy of manners with a motley crew.” 

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  • “[Misery Loves Maggody] is as marvelously giddy as anything in Hess’ first ten chronicles of Maggody, with a core of logic as surprising as a Cracker Jack prize. As even the Tunica cops admit, ‘This is better than a miniseries.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Kurtich | 12/1/2013

    " This was a good book in the series, but definitely not Hess's strongest. There was a lot lacking, mostly due to the fact that this barely takes place in Maggody at all. Hopefully the next one will return ALL the characters, especially Raz and Marjorie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 5/9/2013

    " Ruby Bee & Estelle go in on an Elvis tour where people turn up dead, Ruby is hosptialized. Jim Bob Buchanon is caught in the murder mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fpentlin | 5/1/2013

    " Uninteresting characters; horrible dialog, built around an even that we never get invested in -- horrible waste of tiem. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna | 4/1/2012

    " What an odd little cozy mystery. Zany. Somewhat clumsily plotted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/14/2012

    " One of the funniest, books I've read . The characters are zany & entertaining. A laugh out loud series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 9/30/2011

    " See book #1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helaine | 8/4/2011

    " If you want a good laugh in a read, don't miss this Arly Hanks Mystery series. But do start with the first book in the series so you get the whole scoop on the various residents of Maggody. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 7/6/2011

    " For years I've enjoyed Joan Hess for something light and pure fun. Maggoty books are not to be taken seriously! (In case you haven't already figured that out.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 5/18/2011

    " Book #11 in the series may well be the funniest one yet as it involves the usual cast of idiots, their big hair, and a trip to Graceland. Arly definitely has her hands full here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna | 12/17/2010

    " What an odd little cozy mystery. Zany. Somewhat clumsily plotted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helaine | 8/4/2010

    " If you want a good laugh in a read, don't miss this Arly Hanks Mystery series. But do start with the first book in the series so you get the whole scoop on the various residents of Maggody. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 7/22/2009

    " This was a good book in the series, but definitely not Hess's strongest. There was a lot lacking, mostly due to the fact that this barely takes place in Maggody at all. Hopefully the next one will return ALL the characters, especially Raz and Marjorie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 7/22/2009

    " Book #11 in the series may well be the funniest one yet as it involves the usual cast of idiots, their big hair, and a trip to Graceland. Arly definitely has her hands full here. "

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About the Author

Joan Hess is the author of both the Claire Malloy and the Maggody mystery series. She is a winner of the Agatha Award, a member of Sisters in Crime, and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. A longtime resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, she now lives in Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.