The madcap citizens of Maggody, Arkansas, descend on Graceland, and a bizarre murder mystery forces police chief Arly Hanks to pay homage to the King.
When Chief of Police Arly Hanks came home to Maggody, Arkansas, after a bad divorce, she thought life here would be simpler than it was in New York City. But it’s been one insane episode after another, and the latest eruption of chaos may just drive poor Arly around the bend. After all, Maggody is more than a town; it’s a state of mind—and that mind is a bit deranged.
When Arly’s mother, Ruby Bee Hanks, and a few fanatics leave town on a pilgrimage to Graceland, Arly hopes for a few days of peace and quiet. But before you can say, “Blue Suede Shoes,” one of the Elvis enthusiasts has been found dead, and the Memphis police are flummoxed by the tourists’ unique brand of crazy. Arly will have to solve the murder herself because, as she knows all too well, it’s not insane—it’s Maggody.
The people of Maggody love having a tacky good time, and Elvis-lovers know that there’s nowhere tackier, or more fun, than Graceland, Tennessee. The madmen of Maggody should fit right in.
Misery Loves Maggody is the 11th book in the Arly Hanks Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
“If you haven’t yet met the denizens of Maggody, there’s no time like the present. Another hilarious episode in a superb series.” —Booklist
“Fans of the Maggody series, and there are many, will revel in this entry.” —Publishers Weekly
“Raucous and rollicking fun.” —Tampa Tribune-Times
Joan Hess (1949–2017) was an award-winning author of several long-running mystery series. Born in Arkansas, she was teaching preschool when she began writing fiction. Known for her lighthearted, witty novels, she created the Claire Malloy Mysteries and the Arly Hanks Mysteries, both set in Arkansas.