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Busy Bodies

(1995)
(The tenth book in the Claire Malloy series)
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Leave it to Claire Malloy, owner of the Book Depot in Farberville, to start out having tea with retired schoolteacher Miss Emily Parchester and end up investigating a murder. An avant-garde artist who moved into a house on Willow Street has the whole neighborhood up in arms. His "interactive art," complete with a nearly nude model and a coffin in the front yard, is attracting a mob of noisy gawkers. Irate residents are worried about declining property values. The local mystery writer cannot meet her deadlines with the constant clatter. And when the artist's estranged wife rolls up in a limo and announces to one and all that she intends to have him committed to a mental institution, all of Farberville is in a dither. But before the night is out, even stranger things happen: the volatile artist's house goes up in smoke, a dead body is found inside the coffin, the artist is promptly arrested for murder...and Claire Malloy, devoted amateur sleuth that she is, starts snooping where she doesn't belong.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"Witty, pithy, and beautifully plotted... my favorite Claire Malloy so far" - Patricia Moyes


Used availability for Joan Hess's Busy Bodies

Hardback Editions

July 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Busy Bodies (Claire Malloy Mysteries)
Author(s): Joan Hess
ISBN: 1-4472-7912-3 / 978-1-4472-7912-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: Busy Bodies (Claire Malloy Mysteries, No. 10)
Author(s): Joan Hess
ISBN: 0-525-93910-5 / 978-0-525-93910-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Busy Bodies (Claire Malloy Mysteries)
Author(s): Joan Hess
ISBN: 1-4472-7913-1 / 978-1-4472-7913-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bello
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Busy Bodies (A Claire Malloy Mystery)
Author(s): Joan Hess
ISBN: 0-312-38462-9 / 978-0-312-38462-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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May 1996 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Busy Bodies (Claire Malloy Mysteries, No. 10)
Author(s): Joan Hess
ISBN: 0-451-40560-9 / 978-0-451-40560-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Busy Bodies (Claire Malloy Mysteries Book 10)
Author(s): Joan Hess
Publisher: Bello
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Busy Bodies (Claire Malloy Mysteries Book 10)
Author(s): Joan Hess
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA