Malice in Maggody - Arly Hanks, Bk 1 Author:Joan Hess The last crime to hit Maggody, Arkansas, happened eight years back when a farmer's barn burned down and caught two teens in flaming delicto. that's why Arly Hanks, back in the Ozarks after her marriage went sour in the Big Apple, figured taking the local sheriff's job would give her some needed R & R. What she got was M & M -... more »- murder and malice. First Raz Buchanon's favorite hunting dog was snatched, then an EPA official (who okayed dumping sewage in the town's favorite fishing hole) disappeared...and then a pretty barmaid turned up dead at the Flamingo Motel from real unnatural causes. Now Arly's in danger of landing up the creek without a paddle -- where the quiet of the Ozarks may be shattered by the sounds of death.« less
This is the first in the Maggody series. Arly Hanks has returned home and taken the job of sheriff in her small hometown of Maggody, Arkansas. This book has amazing rural small-town humor, where finding your clues is often more about overhearing the right gossip rather than forensic evidence. Hilarity ensues when a government representative goes missing before a scheduled meeting over the local river and the concerns over pollution, and amongst the chaos a young woman ends up dead. Arly has her first murder to investigate, and a whole town up in arms. A fun read!