Joan Hess is one of the best-kept secrets of Arkansas. She brings to life a group of characters that are funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking all at the same time. Having lived in Arkansas for a short while, Maggody is a place that I know well. If you like your mysteries with a touch of irreverancy, than you can't miss with the Maggody series. From Arly to Ruby Bee to Diesel Buchanon, it is a treat to get to know the whole clan.
Linda C. (Seagull) reviewed Misery Loves Maggody (Arly Hanks Mysteries Book #11) on
"The real mystery is how Joan Hess could write twenty-two books before a mystery series fan like myself discovered her. But once I stumbled into Maggody, Ark., and met Police Chief Arly Hanks and the crazy cast of characters who live there, I soon felt like we were old friends. Plenty of murder and mayhem....I laughed all the way to the end."--Grand Rapids Press