- Joan Hess

By Joan Hess

  • Release Date: 2016-06-07
  • Genre: British Detectives


When the uproarious town of Maggody, Arkansas, plugs into the Internet, the digital age turns deadly.

Aside from the odd stolen dog or vandalized lawn ornament, there’s been no recent crime in Maggody, Arkansas, population 755, and that’s how Chief of Police Arly Hanks likes it. Things have been so quiet she’s taken to sitting in on school-board meetings, and she’s doing just this when the high school announces the new computer lab, which will be open to everybody in town. To Arly—who doesn’t trust her neighbors to handle a toaster, much less a computer—it seems like an invitation to disaster. Little does she know that when Maggody logs on, the results will be murderous.
As soon as the first modem is plugged in, Maggody’s computers are flooded with hackers, pornography, libel, and worse. And when a newcomer is brutally murdered, Arly must use low-tech resourcefulness to catch a digital killer—and save Maggody from the information age.
Fans of Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries will find themselves right at home in Maggody, where everyone knows everyone—and everyone is related. This is unquestionably one of the funniest mystery series of all time. is the 12th book in the Arly Hanks Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
“[An] indecently funny backwoods mystery.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“[] proves once again the author’s mastery of light-hearted country humor. . . . Maggody’s eccentric inhabitants and Hess’s comic touch infuse this cozy with a refreshing dose of spunk, resulting in another triumph for both small-town America and Hess.” —Publishers Weekly
“The latest in this very funny series deserves its star. . . . Don’t miss any of it.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A very funny, witty, and fast-paced mystery.” —School Library Journal

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.