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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Hess Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Arly Hanks Mysteries Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781482979305
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Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is regarded by most as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon seeks to change that with her latest scheme—a charity golf tournament! This presents a bit of a challenge, since no one in Maggody plays golf and there is no course. But when the prize for the first hole-in-one is announced—a top of the line bass boat—nearly everyone in town quickly develops a profound interest in the sport. Sheriff Arly Hanks, who has better things to worry about, just wishes it would all go away. When Tommy Ridner beats the odds and sinks a hole-in-one to win the boat on the first day of the tournament, it looks like it’s all over. Until the next morning, when he’s found dead, his head caved in by a golf club. Now, according to the rules, the prize is once again up for grabs. Arly Hanks is faced with a complicated investigation—and darned near everyone in town is a suspect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spend an afternoon in Maggody and you’ll be richer for it.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Amusing, slap-happy…and wise.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lightly humorous, with a large cast of slightly loopy characters and a mystery that keeps us guessing, but without distracting us from the golf and the fun.”

    Booklist

  • “True delight.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/18/2014

    " ok. this series has lost its charm for me. the first few were hysterical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Beth | 2/6/2014

    " Another good one from Joan Hess! I found the golfing references very humorous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Chrzanowski | 2/4/2014

    " Sad it's the last book of the series:( "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 1/28/2014

    " This series has worn out its welcome with me. It's always felt a bit mean-spirited but that's gotten more and more pronounced in recent books. Or maybe I've just reached my limit for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ceci Marlow | 1/27/2014

    " If you haven't visited Maggody, you really gotta go there. All the characters and suspects are here in this 16th visit and every one of them takes a special place in your mind, causes wonderment, and, maybe reminds you of that backwoods small town (your hometown?) on speed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/26/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this one as much as her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 1/23/2014

    " This is another in the Maggody series. Arly Hanks and the rest of Maggody are caught up in a charity golf tournament to benefit golf widows. The violence is the result of outsiders, just as it is in all the books in the series. Arly's own problems are not yet solved, so readers can look forward to another episode! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish Malta | 1/21/2014

    " Joan Hess books have such great characters. Very funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 1/19/2014

    " She is funny and writes an interesting book. I've enjoyed many of her Arly Hanks' novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 1/18/2014

    " One of her better books. I definitely like the Arly Hanks series over the Claire Malloy series. But again, the swearing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/11/2014

    " I missed Arly and the gang. Glad they're back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine | 1/4/2014

    " I am a Joan Hess fan anyway, especially the Maggody series. My only qualm with this one was that the main character seems to have become a bit more nastier. I'm going to chalk it up to her pregnancy hormones and hope she is a tad more like her usual self for the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eyre | 1/2/2014

    " This visit to Maggody was good, and I got to see the characters that I've come to love (and sometimes hate). However, it was pretty obvious who the murderer was from the get-go. I did find Mrs. Jim Bob's attempt at raising money for those poor, malnourished, golf widows to be quite amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jann | 12/30/2013

    " A hoot as usual. This is a fun series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mascanlon | 12/13/2013

    " Great fun if you love the wacky world of Arly Hanks in Arkansas. The usual cast of characters, the Buchanon's, along with pigs, golfers and of course Estelle and Ruby to help Arly solve the mystery along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/11/2013

    " Fun series with delightfully quirky characters. Don't like her Claire Malloy mysteries, not sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tjf | 4/7/2013

    " Best Maggody book yet. Hope Joan Hess continues the series. Can just imagine Ruby Bee as the over-interested gramma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndee | 2/12/2013

    " Summer reading, but not as humorous as the others in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Ashworth | 4/8/2012

    " Arly Hanks is always a fun read. Love the Maggody series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 3/31/2012

    " Mrs Jim Bob Buchanon holds a golf tournament to raise money for golf widows, offering a $40,000 fishing boat to the 1st person to make a hole in one. Arly is pregnant but not telling her boyfriend. The fun mayham. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/1/2012

    " I always enjoy the names she comes up with for her characters, particularly the never-ending Buchanan clan. My favorites this time were Boyl and Cinatra. Hee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 8/23/2011

    " The Southern accent was thick in this book, which had more of a mystery hook than recent Arly books. Great as always. Joan Hess has been a favorite of mine for more than a decade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharold | 5/1/2011

    " What a nice read for a hot summer afternoon. Joan Hess always makes me laugh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MB | 4/23/2011

    " I just can't force myself to finish this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 3/23/2011

    " A very funny addition to Hess' Arly Hanks series, but based on a somewhat improbnble premise. Well, less probable than usual for a series muder mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia Majetich | 3/22/2011

    " Haven't read one of her books in many years. I enjoyed it tremendously, but it is getting somewhat repetitive. There is no other place like Maggody, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 3/15/2011

    " The Southern accent was thick in this book, which had more of a mystery hook than recent Arly books. Great as always. Joan Hess has been a favorite of mine for more than a decade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 9/16/2010

    " Light entertainment and kind of fun. I pick up one of these every once in a while to revisit the quirky characters and humorous situations Hess creates. I always enjoy the visit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 8/22/2010

    " She is funny and writes an interesting book. I've enjoyed many of her Arly Hanks' novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/28/2010

    " Fun series with delightfully quirky characters. Don't like her Claire Malloy mysteries, not sure why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndee | 7/20/2010

    " Summer reading, but not as humorous as the others in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattie | 6/2/2010

    " I enjoyed catching up with Arly & the citizens of Magoody again ... this series of light cozy mysteries make for an enjoyable read when one feels like being entertained rather than enlightened ... and are always good for a chuckle! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 5/16/2010

    " A very funny addition to Hess' Arly Hanks series, but based on a somewhat improbnble premise. Well, less probable than usual for a series muder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/17/2010

    " Merry Wives of Maggody: An Arly Hanks Mystery by Joan Hess (2010) "

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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.