Sunday, October 9, 2016

Much Ado in Maggody by Joan Hess

◊ Series: An Arly Hanks Mystery, Book #3
◊ Narrator: Kristin Kalbli
Audio CD: 6 Discs
◊ Listening Length: 6 hours and 52 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
◊ Release Date: August 16, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1520034717
ISBN-13: 978-1520034713


Nothing ever happens in Maggody, Arkansas, population 755. Aside from handling the occasional barroom brawl or exploding still, Chief of Police Arly Hanks spends her days sipping coffee and squashing flies. She returned to Maggody two years ago, licking her wounds after a bad Manhattan divorce, and she fell backward into the role of sheriff. 
From Hizzoner the Moron―also known as Jim Bob Buchanon, the pettily corrupt mayor―to Ruby Bee Hanks―Arly’s mother and the town’s foremost gossip―the people of Maggody are all crazy in their own ways, and that craziness is about to turn deadly.

If you’re looking for a story that will have you laughing out loud, having to use a scorecard to keep up with events, and guessing at every turn who the real killer is, look no further than MUCH ADO IN MAGGODY.

Narrator Kristin Kalbli does a superb job bringing these unique characters to life. Her accents and mannerisms cover a wide range of emotions. Her vocals enhance this entertaining tale.

The author has created a small town atmosphere that’ll have you shaking your head in awe and comparing it to the likes of Mayberry USA. The eclectic cast of characters is well-developed and likable. Originally written in the 1980s, the events may seem a bit dated but still hold a glimmer of realism when dealing with women in the workplace.

The story moves fast and has numerous twists, turns, and surprises along the way. The satire will have you in stitches as you try to uncover who did what, when and why.

Life in small town Maggody is anything but quiet and peaceful. This is a hilarious murder mystery you won’t be able to stop listening to.

Much Ado in Maggody by Joan Hess, An Arly Hanks Mystery series (Book #3), Narrated by Kristin Kalbli, Dreamscape Media LLC, @2016, ISBN: 978-1520034713, Unabridged, 6 Discs, Run Time: 6 Hours and 52 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy stories that have you laughing out loud? What do you think of stories featuring Mayberry-type (from the old Andy Griffith show) towns?


  1. It is quite a while since I have read this series. Thanks for the reminder. They are fun - with an occasional dash of realism to make me wince.

  2. This one does sound like fun, Mason. Sometimes those small-town mysteries can be excellent. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I loved this series!

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