A Conventional Corpse

A Conventional Corpse

A Claire Malloy Mystery

Book - 2000
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Farberville, Arkansas is playing host to its first ever mystery convention. Sponsored by the Thurber Farber Foundation and held at Farber College, Murder Comes to Campus is playing host to five major mystery writers representing all areas of the field. Dragooned into running the show when the original organizer is hospitalized, local bookseller Claire Malloy finds herself in the midst of a barely controlled disaster. Not only do each of the writers present their own set of idiosyncracies and difficulties (including one who arrives with her cat Wimple in tow), the feared, distrusted, and disliked mystery editor of Paradigm House, Roxanne Small, puts in a surprise appearance at the conference. Added to Claire's own love-life woes with local police detective Peter Rosen, things have never been worse.Then when one of the attendees dies in a suspicious car accident, Wimple the cat disappears from Claire's home, and Roxanne Small is nowhere to be found, it becomes evident that the murder mystery is more than a literary genre.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2000]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780312246624
Characteristics: 275 pages ; 25 m.


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IndyPL_RobinK Jun 17, 2019

My first Claire Malloy mystery and it didn't disappoint. Claire is left to pick up the pieces for a mystery writers convention after the organizer falls ill. Book store owner Claire quickly finds if something can go wrong it will. The personalities of mystery writers perhaps reveal what the author thinks of her contemporaries! Parts are reminiscent of the Mary Tyler Moore's show about Chuckles the Clown's death.


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