The Maggody Militia: An Arly Hanks Mystery

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Thorndike Press, Jul 1, 1997 - Fiction - 394 pages
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Chief of police Arly (that's short for Ariel) Hanks makes sure there's law and order in Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755), which isn't too difficult considering the only weapon she needs to tote around is a radar gun. Aside from Raz Buchanon's moonshine still up on Cotter's Ridge, Maggody is a peaceful little Ozarks town snuggled in the heartland of America, until a group of camouflage-clad patriots march in with maneuvers - and murder. It all begins when a pretty widow named Kayleen opens a pawnshop over the hardware store and buys an old farm out on County 102. The widow is letting a group of survivalists use her back pasture for paint-ball war games during the first weekend of hunting season when bourbon-swigging good ol' boys with deer rifles shoot at anything that moves...and that might include make-believe soldiers in fatigues. Suddenly Arly has her hands full: burglars are breaking into remote homes throughout the county; Mayor Jim Bob is a missing person, and his wife is having a hissy fit; the very pregnant Dahlia Buchanon is behaving more bizarrely than usual; and Estelle, of Estelle's Hair Fantasies, gets a surprise inheritance that has the residents of Maggody running for cover. So when a survivalist gets killed, Arly is hunting for a motive, a means, and a murderer.

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Review: The Maggody Militia (Arly Hanks #10)

User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

Arly Hanks is still single. Dahlia is pregnant. Ostriches are on the loose. A very ineffective militia comes to town. Always fun. Read full review

Review: The Maggody Militia (Arly Hanks #10)

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

Madcap mayhem in Maggody. Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1997)

Joan Hess is a writer and educator. She was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1949. She received a B.A. in art from the University of Arkansas in 1971 and an M.A. in education from Long Island University in 1974. For several years, she taught art in a private preschool. She has lectured at Southwest Missouri State University, the University of Arkansas, Rice University, and Xavier University. She is also a columnist for Mystery Scene Magazine. From 1982 to 1984, she wrote 10 unpublished romance novels. In 1986, she published Strangled Prose, which was chosen as the best first novel in the 1986 Drood Review Readers Poll and nominated for an Anthony Award. She is the author of Claire Malloy Mystery series and the Arly Hanks Mystery series. A Diet to Die For won the American Mystery Award for best traditional novel of 1989. A short story, "Too Much to Bare," received the Agatha Award and the McCavity Award in 1991. She also writes under the pen name Joan Hadley. Joan Hess is a winner of the American Mystery Award, a member of Sister's in Crime, and a former president of the American Crime Writers League.

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