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O Little Town Of Maggody Hardcover – Feb 20 1997

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (Feb. 20 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525936548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525936541
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,886,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Getting better Jan. 8 2003
By D. P. Birkett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A country and western music star is scheduled to visit his claimed home town and visit his dear old great-aunt. The usual Maggody misadventures and murders familiar to all ardent Hessians take place.
I think this is a series that gets better as it goes on. There is a certain crudity and dependence on cliches and stereotypes in the earlier character drawing. The fat girl Delia is greedy; the preacher is a hypocrite. The later ones have more subtlety.
"She had her cat, Pussy Toes, her apartment in a quiet neigborhood, her meetings of the genealogical society, her knitting projects for nieces and nephews, and her annual vaction to a family-run hotel in Mexico where she remained drunk out of her mind for ten days straight." You might accuse Hess of making fun of alcoholism in that portrait of Miss Vetchling but it has a certain style and sharpness.
Maggody Blues May 30 2011
By Cyn2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wanted to like this story, but all the characters, with the exception the the lead character, sound exactly the same. It had a few cute moments, but generally I had trouble finishing. I give it two stars.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Another Maggody gem April 18 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite the small town of Maggody's inability to pull itself into the sophisticated world of today. Arly manages just fine. When a country music star and his entourage arrive for a Christmas special, things get kinda weird. Not to worry though, Arly has everything under control. Disappearing people and dying mannequins? Do not miss this Christmasy murder mystery.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
O Little Town of Maggody Aug. 7 2008
By Anna M. Ligtenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN 0451404572 - You know those people who tell sort of bad jokes and find themselves wildly amusing, while all you can do is roll your eyes? That's this Joan Hess book for me. And surely someone out there finds her amusing, because someone's buying the books - but I'm just rolling my eyes.

Arly's always got her hands full in Maggody, but this Christmas things are getting a little more hectic. The town is slowly dying, but there's hope on the horizon in the person of Matt Montana, Maggody's own prodigal son. He's serving his own career and the people of Maggody would benefit from a bit of tourism... so Matt's on his way to town. The problem is that Matt's Aunt Adele has gone missing. Arly is also trying to riddle out the moving city limits sign, deal with Dahlia's jealousy and suspicions about what Kevin's up to, the return of Hammett and a myriad of other goings-on in Maggody.

Arly Hanks reminds me of Isle of Dogs, but not quite as awful. In fact, not awful at all, just... dumb. The same "this is funny, really, you should laugh" feeling runs through both books, but they're just not - to me. The characters are so stereotypical that they're miles beyond amusing and closer to stupid. If you enjoy the tongue-in-cheek style, lightly mocking the mystery genre, you're going to enjoy Hess, and fans of Arly Hanks will like the book far more than I. Hess herself gave me a quote I couldn't pass up: "Writers ...they're so goofy nobody cares what they do."

- AnnaLovesBooks
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just Could not Finish it !!! Sept. 30 2004
By Irish Accountant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been reading all of the Arly Hanks books in order and at first they were there cute little novels with charming characters from AR. This one I actually gave up on. Everything has become a cliche and just overdone.

I am sorry Ms. Hess - normally I love your work but this one I just could not get through.