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Maggody and the Moonbeams
Simon & Schuster, Aug 2001, 23.00, 240 pp. ISBN: 0743202295 Maggody, Arkansas Chief of Police Arly Hanks feels that her current task is probably the worst assignment of her career. She, accompanied by the mayor's self-important wife Mrs. Jim Bob, despicable Preacher Brother Verber, and shop teacher Larry Joe Lambertino are chaperoning teens at the Camp Pearly Gates. The teens are a tough enough crowd, but her companions make for a long week...
Muletrain to Maggody
Simon & Schuster, Feb 2004, 23.00, 278 pp. ISBN 0743226380 Three days before the Battle of Farbersville in Arkansas during the Civil War, there was a skirmish in the small town of Maggody. The Stump County Historical Society has obtained funding to do a documentary on the battle thanks to the donation of the diary of one of the men who fought in that encounter. The diary goes on to say that the confederate troops were carrying gold to pay the s...
Murder@Maggody.com
Maggody, Arkansas, a town of 755 people, has gone "online". The high school's new computer lab has gained access to the internet and the town is in chaos. The high school kids are looking at online porn and stumble across images of some of Maggody's more prominent members in a variety of compromising positions. When a young woman is found murdered, police chief Arly Hanks is on the case. Soon everyone has their own list of suspects. Neighbor against ...
Out On A Limb
St. Martin's Nov 2002, 23.95, 272 pp. ISBN 0312266804 Farberville, Arkansas is usually a quiet little town but every once in a while trouble seems to erupt and everyone just knows crime solver Claire Malloy will be in the middle of it. To make way for more housing, a group of trees have to be cut down but environmentalist Miss Emily Parchester plans a protest by living in a tree until she wins her point. Claire, who aided and abetted the elderl...

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The Deadly Ackee and Other Stories
Five Star, Dec 2003, 25.95, 294 pp. ISBN: 1594140790 “The Deadly Ackee”. Nadine calls up her brother Theo, a retired florist, to chaperone his niece, her fiancé and four other college students on their Jamaican vacation. Fun and sun in the Caribbean proves tedious for Theo as the sextet drives him crazy with their antics. However, Theo soon finds himself in a deadly situation as someone poisons the pool boy with rum spiked with deadly unripe...


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