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Dear Miss Demeanor [Mass Market Paperback]

Joan Hess
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Dec 15 1990 Claire Malloy Mysteries
The scandals mount in Farberville, Arkansas when a respected teacher is fired for pilfering petty cash and suggestive letters are sent to the local advice columnist. Murder of the high school principal is absolutely the last straw, and Claire Malloy, in her third outing in this acclaimed mystery series, gets a notion to do some detecting. But the killer is still out there and has some unfinished business....
"Hess's books are funny, acerbic, touching, terrific."
Elizabeth Peters

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"Hess's books are funny, acerbic, touching, terrific." --Elizabeth Peters

"Joan Hess is one very funny woman." --Susan Dunlap

"Joan Hess is the funniest mystery writer to come down the pipe since England's incomparable Pamela Branch. And oh, how well Joan writes." --Carolyn G. Hart
--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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"Hess's books are funny, acerbic, touching, terrific." -Elizabeth Peters --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Just cute little stories March 29 2004
Format:Hardcover
I got started on Joan Hess books from her Arly Hanks Maggody series (fantastic books). These are not as good but still quite entertaining little stories. The books are never more then 225 pages and are easy reading. The dialogue between Claire and her daughter is worthy enough to be a SNL skit. These books will not make you think but they will make you laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book That Got Me Hooked Feb. 5 2004
By MZ
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up at a school book sale amidst piles of paperbacks that had been donated for their fundraiser. The witty writing, light but intelligent style, and intriguing mystery combine to make a great, fast read.
Hess' humor is so enjoyable, and I love the fact that Claire Malloy is a bookstore owner and that the series has nothing to do with cooking. Hess is definitely a unique voice in the mystery world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty sleuthing in small-town US Nov. 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book Depot owner Claire Malloy, the recreational sleuth of Faberville, is urged by her daughter Caron to investigate the dismissal of an elderly spinster journalism-teacher at Faberville High: Miss Parchester, the daughter of a former judge of the Supreme Court, was accused of embezzling petty cash from the journalism-fund of Faberville High.
Suddenly the ghastly prinicipal of Fabervile High as well as the nasty janitor/custodian are poisoned and naturally old Miss Parchester seems to be the culprit. However, several of the teaching staff seem to have a motif to quieten the principal and/or the janitor.
Substituting in teaching Claire does her bit of sleuthing in order to solve the crimes.
As I have mentioned before, this book is not a thriller. Claire Malloy is a witty person, however, and has to cope with raising a teenage daughter mostly always speaking in capital letters and therefore is nearly incessantly involed in "adolescent melodrama" (p. 3). Yet another funny tidbit is Claire's relationship to local CID-boss Peter Rosen who seems to be a hunk, but a bit clumsy when it comes to investigating.
Result: The right book, if you want to spend an afternoon chuckling in front of the fireplace or in the garden.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Miss Demeanor Feb. 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was saucy and I enjoyed it very much. Until the ending. I was left feeling as though it wasn't finished. But there wasn't any conclusion concerning Miss Dort, and Miss hart's fickle boyfriend. Miss Dort, helped the now dead principle with a crime, and I feel that before the book ended, they both should have been dealth with. So although I liked the book, I certainly didn't like the ending, it didn't solve anything. I hope in one of her future books she will take care of this. anna cook
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