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When you make a game of murder, be careful who the players are... Who could resist the mock-murder weekend at the charming Mimosa Inn-- certainly not bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy, who decides to bring her petulant daughter Caron along for some detecting. As the guests settle in for a weekend of sleuthing, dressed as their favorite literary detectives, ma When you make a game of murder, be careful who the players are... Who could resist the mock-murder weekend at the charming Mimosa Inn-- certainly not bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy, who decides to bring her petulant daughter Caron along for some detecting. As the guests settle in for a weekend of sleuthing, dressed as their favorite literary detectives, many a Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot stand poised to solve a murder. But fiction becomes alarmingly real, as the mock-murder victim isn't just playing dead-- he's really been bashed to death. More determined than even to find the killer, Claire combs the grounds of the lovely inn for this most uninvited guest.


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When you make a game of murder, be careful who the players are... Who could resist the mock-murder weekend at the charming Mimosa Inn-- certainly not bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy, who decides to bring her petulant daughter Caron along for some detecting. As the guests settle in for a weekend of sleuthing, dressed as their favorite literary detectives, ma When you make a game of murder, be careful who the players are... Who could resist the mock-murder weekend at the charming Mimosa Inn-- certainly not bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy, who decides to bring her petulant daughter Caron along for some detecting. As the guests settle in for a weekend of sleuthing, dressed as their favorite literary detectives, many a Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot stand poised to solve a murder. But fiction becomes alarmingly real, as the mock-murder victim isn't just playing dead-- he's really been bashed to death. More determined than even to find the killer, Claire combs the grounds of the lovely inn for this most uninvited guest.

30 review for The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Definitely liking this series so far. In The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn (What a mouthful!) Claire and Caron attend a murder weekend at a small inn outside of town. However, when a real murder happens it's up to Claire to find the culprit. Ms. Hess has a talent with subtle, dry humor and she proves it by adding it in throughout the story. I actually found myself laughing out loud at bits of the story. The characters were again written wonderfully. I loved Caron and her perpetual distas Definitely liking this series so far. In The Murder at the Murder at the Mimosa Inn (What a mouthful!) Claire and Caron attend a murder weekend at a small inn outside of town. However, when a real murder happens it's up to Claire to find the culprit. Ms. Hess has a talent with subtle, dry humor and she proves it by adding it in throughout the story. I actually found myself laughing out loud at bits of the story. The characters were again written wonderfully. I loved Caron and her perpetual distaste, and Clair and her sarcasm! Peter also reappears and is featured in this book, however besides that this is an entirely new cast of characters are in the mystery. The mystery itself was good. Claire almost got too close to the annyoing sleuth during a few parts but overall it was good. I really liked how the reveal was played out; it was very unique. Overall a wonderful second book. I will be continuing this series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I liked this story set at a murder mystery weekend, where they mystery turns real and stops being a game. This complicated things as it was hard to tell where it quit being part of the mystery script and the motives and actions started being real. I like Claire and how real she seems.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    While attending s murder mystery enactment at a newly opened B&B, the intended victim becomes the actual one before the final act. Bookstore owner, Claire Malloy, and her daughter, Caron, are in attendance & soon attention to solve the whodunnit, working with the original script and finding the discrepancies. With an appreciative reduction in snark from both Malloys, the daughter solves riddled clues while Claire and her detective cohort, Lt Peter Rosen, work out the remaining details to bring t While attending s murder mystery enactment at a newly opened B&B, the intended victim becomes the actual one before the final act. Bookstore owner, Claire Malloy, and her daughter, Caron, are in attendance & soon attention to solve the whodunnit, working with the original script and finding the discrepancies. With an appreciative reduction in snark from both Malloys, the daughter solves riddled clues while Claire and her detective cohort, Lt Peter Rosen, work out the remaining details to bring the culprit to their own final curtain call.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Claire Malloy is looking forward to spending a nice weekend away solving a murder. Not a real murder, of course, but she still is looking forward to it. Even over the protests of her fourteen-year-old daughter and the skepticism of cop and sometime love interest Peter Rosen. But then, the supposed corpse turns up actually dead. I remember quite enjoying these books when I was younger but Claire is mostly irritating me in this one. She keeps thinking she's going to "beat the cops at their own gam Claire Malloy is looking forward to spending a nice weekend away solving a murder. Not a real murder, of course, but she still is looking forward to it. Even over the protests of her fourteen-year-old daughter and the skepticism of cop and sometime love interest Peter Rosen. But then, the supposed corpse turns up actually dead. I remember quite enjoying these books when I was younger but Claire is mostly irritating me in this one. She keeps thinking she's going to "beat the cops at their own game" but mostly just runs around getting in the way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Claire Malloy signs up for the murder weekend at the Mimosa Inn, run by a former student of her late husband's. Could Claire be a bit competitive with the handsome police lieutenant Peter Rosen? At any rate, she's determined to be the one to solve the murder game. But when the game turns to reality, Peter tells her to stay out of the running, for her own safety. Claire would, if she wasn't sure that the police have the wrong suspect. Claire Malloy signs up for the murder weekend at the Mimosa Inn, run by a former student of her late husband's. Could Claire be a bit competitive with the handsome police lieutenant Peter Rosen? At any rate, she's determined to be the one to solve the murder game. But when the game turns to reality, Peter tells her to stay out of the running, for her own safety. Claire would, if she wasn't sure that the police have the wrong suspect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Oh ugh and ugh and ugh. I'm wishing there was a negative score I could give a book and I am kicking myself for my masochistic need to finish any book I start! What a waste of my time. I should have known and thrown this stinker back when I got it. I really, really, REALLY disliked Claire Malloy when I read the first book of the series. If you look up self-absorbed, aggrandized narcissist her picture would be front and center! What the author wants us to think of as wise-cracking and sarcasm (in Oh ugh and ugh and ugh. I'm wishing there was a negative score I could give a book and I am kicking myself for my masochistic need to finish any book I start! What a waste of my time. I should have known and thrown this stinker back when I got it. I really, really, REALLY disliked Claire Malloy when I read the first book of the series. If you look up self-absorbed, aggrandized narcissist her picture would be front and center! What the author wants us to think of as wise-cracking and sarcasm (in a cute way) is neither but nasty snarkiness. Neither cute or endearing. Not to mention the woman belittles everyone around her and treats even her daughter abominably. Now, on to the plot: The author seemed to work very hard to make a mock murder weekend unpleasant and not in the least fun. Yes, a real murder ensues but even before that the whole plot of the fake and real murder was muddy, incomprehensible, unnecessary and motiveless. Horrible. The clues were stupid and our "genius detective" Claire, for all her back patting ended up using her much-maligned daughter to solve all the cryptic clues for her. Ugh. Ugh. And Ugh.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debra Jeakins

    THE MURDER AT THE MURDER AT THE MIMOSA INN BY JOAN HESS is the second in the Claire Malloy series. Claire, who is known now as a "busy body, a sleuth, and other more not pleasant descriptions,is going for a weekend jaunt to the Mimosa Inn for murder! A fictional murder, and to her astonishment, a real murder. Peter Rosin,CID her new somewhat boy friend joins in just to make Claire's life more difficult. When the real murder occurs,the competition between Claire and Peter heats up and the giggle THE MURDER AT THE MURDER AT THE MIMOSA INN BY JOAN HESS is the second in the Claire Malloy series. Claire, who is known now as a "busy body, a sleuth, and other more not pleasant descriptions,is going for a weekend jaunt to the Mimosa Inn for murder! A fictional murder, and to her astonishment, a real murder. Peter Rosin,CID her new somewhat boy friend joins in just to make Claire's life more difficult. When the real murder occurs,the competition between Claire and Peter heats up and the giggles come faster. I started reading Claire Malloy mysteries some time ago and still love to revisit them. I like the humor Claire and Peter and yes,even Caron and Inez come up with. The early Joan Hess , Claire Malloy's are more than just a good mystery they can be a good stress reliever reading Claire fumbling and bumbling down the path to find out who dune it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nese

    The plot of the second book of Claire Malloy Mystery series takes place in a Victorian mansion, which is turned into a B & B, during a staged murder mystery weekend. It is humorous and has an upbeat and intimate tone, possibly because the story is narrated by the main character in the book. The beautiful nature, the historical Victorian mansion decorated with antique furnishings, and the characters in the book are so well-described that while reading it I felt like I were watching a movie. I was The plot of the second book of Claire Malloy Mystery series takes place in a Victorian mansion, which is turned into a B & B, during a staged murder mystery weekend. It is humorous and has an upbeat and intimate tone, possibly because the story is narrated by the main character in the book. The beautiful nature, the historical Victorian mansion decorated with antique furnishings, and the characters in the book are so well-described that while reading it I felt like I were watching a movie. I was going to give this enjoyable and entertaining book five stars but the murder mystery in a mystery murder story was so confusing and the ending was so repetitive, it didn’t make any sense to me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I actually started reading this long ago and then just decided to read the rest, since it was pretty short. I don't know if it was the long pause in reading or the fake and real murder plot lines, but I found the mystery somewhat confusing and not as compelling as I would hope. I like the series though and may keep on reading. I actually started reading this long ago and then just decided to read the rest, since it was pretty short. I don't know if it was the long pause in reading or the fake and real murder plot lines, but I found the mystery somewhat confusing and not as compelling as I would hope. I like the series though and may keep on reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Love the premise (a murder mystery weekend) and the characters, but books that save all the critical clues for the "oh look how I solved it" recap in the last chapter, instead of building them up throughout the book so that you can try to piece them together and solve it. This book had some of that, definitely, but also a lot that wasn't revealed to us at all until it was already 'solved'. Love the premise (a murder mystery weekend) and the characters, but books that save all the critical clues for the "oh look how I solved it" recap in the last chapter, instead of building them up throughout the book so that you can try to piece them together and solve it. This book had some of that, definitely, but also a lot that wasn't revealed to us at all until it was already 'solved'.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Helen Campbell

    A "murder at the Inn" weekend goes sour when a real murder happens. The characters in this novel are more like caricatures, everything overdone: a too defiant heroine, a too snotty teenager, too this . . ., too that . . . The revelation of the culprit ala Agatha Christie is so complicated that it gives the reader vertigo. A "murder at the Inn" weekend goes sour when a real murder happens. The characters in this novel are more like caricatures, everything overdone: a too defiant heroine, a too snotty teenager, too this . . ., too that . . . The revelation of the culprit ala Agatha Christie is so complicated that it gives the reader vertigo.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    I keep trying Joan Hess books - I want to like her books - but I just haven't been able to. This one was okay - but I just could not like the main character or her daughter and the denouement was very confusing. I keep trying Joan Hess books - I want to like her books - but I just haven't been able to. This one was okay - but I just could not like the main character or her daughter and the denouement was very confusing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shalyn

    I enjoyed this adventure in the Claire Malloy mystery series even more than the first one. I could see more personality and some playfulness in the main characters, and there were a few unexpected turns.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I liked her Arly Hanks series but this not so much had to drang through this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gale Wilkinson

    Enjoyed this book very much. Great characters and plot. Look forward to the next one. I recommend it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Still funny even reread years later.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This one was not as good as her other books but since it was #2, I will give her some leeway. Claire takes her daughter to a mock murder that turns in to a real murder.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Malerah

    It is a silly book. It was annoying.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    SUMMARY: When you make a game of murder, be careful who the players are... Who could resist the mock-murder weekend at the charming Mimosa Inn-- certainly not bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy, who decides to bring her petulant daughter Caron along for some detecting. As the guests settle in for a weekend of sleuthing, dressed as their favorite literary detectives, many a Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot stand poised to solve a murder. But fiction becomes alarmingly real, as the mock SUMMARY: When you make a game of murder, be careful who the players are... Who could resist the mock-murder weekend at the charming Mimosa Inn-- certainly not bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy, who decides to bring her petulant daughter Caron along for some detecting. As the guests settle in for a weekend of sleuthing, dressed as their favorite literary detectives, many a Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot stand poised to solve a murder. But fiction becomes alarmingly real, as the mock-murder victim isn't just playing dead-- he's really been bashed to death. More determined than even to find the killer, Claire combs the grounds of the lovely inn for this most uninvited guest. REVIEW: This cozy mystery somewhat reminded me of a game of Clue. The guests all amassed for a cozy murder mystery weekend and dressed the parts of literary sleuths past and present. In the midst of playing out their game, a real murder takes place. All of a sudden, things change quickly. Claire the main character seem somewhat less acerbic this time around, but she and her 14 year old daughter who has been forced to accompany her for the weekend murder event are still encased in the normal parent-teenager struggles. Caron's quick mind though helps Claire piece together some of the clues for the weekend event and them assist in sorting out some things connected to the real murder. I have to admit that I didn't guess the identify of the killer until the very end which was a nice twist. The minor characters were unique and added to the complexity of both the fictional and real murder. This is the second book in Hess' Claire Malloy Mystery series and the third I have read. They do well as stand alones and am happy to say that with each book her writing seems a bit stronger. Quick, cozy mystery read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Badger

    The Claire Malloy series is a step above a Cozy, mainly because you actually LIKE the characters. Claire is the single mother of Caron, a teenaged daughter who's at the age of speaking in ALL CAPS. Claire is also the proprietor of a bookstore (which she doesn't seem to spend much time in, on account of solving murders and trying to calm Caron down to at least italics). Peter is Claire's detective boyfriend whom she's lucky to have, otherwise she'd spend the majority of her time in a holding cell The Claire Malloy series is a step above a Cozy, mainly because you actually LIKE the characters. Claire is the single mother of Caron, a teenaged daughter who's at the age of speaking in ALL CAPS. Claire is also the proprietor of a bookstore (which she doesn't seem to spend much time in, on account of solving murders and trying to calm Caron down to at least italics). Peter is Claire's detective boyfriend whom she's lucky to have, otherwise she'd spend the majority of her time in a holding cell for interfering with crime scenes. If you're looking for a mystery series where you actually LIKE the characters (I love Christie, but spent much of my extracurricular time plotting the death of the sanctimonious bitch Ms. Marple), start on the Claire Malloy series. Likewise, if you're wondering whether to have children, pay close attention to Caron. I work with kids and can assure you that all teen girls go through the "I HATE YOU--I NEED A RIDE TO THE MALL" phase. Unless you're saving for boarding school, pay attention.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sally906

    This is the second in the Claire Malloy series, and is not my favourite. I happily read series out of sequence so this is the sixth one I have read. Claire decides to go to a murder mystery weekend at the Mimosa Inn and drags her less than enthusiastic teenage daughter with her. Claire is determined to solve the mystery and win the prize, a bottle of champagne. Her boyfriend Peter (a police investigator) ridicules the whole idea of pretend murder games which only makes Claire more determined. Th This is the second in the Claire Malloy series, and is not my favourite. I happily read series out of sequence so this is the sixth one I have read. Claire decides to go to a murder mystery weekend at the Mimosa Inn and drags her less than enthusiastic teenage daughter with her. Claire is determined to solve the mystery and win the prize, a bottle of champagne. Her boyfriend Peter (a police investigator) ridicules the whole idea of pretend murder games which only makes Claire more determined. The game commences and the ‘victim’ turns up dead – really dead; so all the hotel guests are now suspects – real suspects. The storyline had so much potential, and I really enjoyed the other books I have read, its just that this one fell a bit short for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    Book #74 read in 2012 I don't think I have ever tried to read a story with such an unlikeable main character. Claire is a rude and obnoxious know-it-all. I could barely tolerate the plot because I couldn't get past my annoyance with her. It didn't matter though, because the end result was so unexpected (and not in a good way). At the very least, there should have been SOME clues that would make the ending plausible. But, no. Ugh. I have a few more of this series on my shelf, but I'm not sure I'll Book #74 read in 2012 I don't think I have ever tried to read a story with such an unlikeable main character. Claire is a rude and obnoxious know-it-all. I could barely tolerate the plot because I couldn't get past my annoyance with her. It didn't matter though, because the end result was so unexpected (and not in a good way). At the very least, there should have been SOME clues that would make the ending plausible. But, no. Ugh. I have a few more of this series on my shelf, but I'm not sure I'll be able to get through them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Williams

    This book is right up my alley! References to fictional detectives, a lead with an odd sense humor and a Murder Mystery weekend set in a lovely locale! The plot was busy and fun and I enjoyed most of the characters. One big turn off was Clair's daughters snotty attitude. I actually found it painful to read her parts. I enjoyed Clair, but every now and then she said something mean which seemed out of character (although this is only the second I have read in the series) I liked the blossoming Rom This book is right up my alley! References to fictional detectives, a lead with an odd sense humor and a Murder Mystery weekend set in a lovely locale! The plot was busy and fun and I enjoyed most of the characters. One big turn off was Clair's daughters snotty attitude. I actually found it painful to read her parts. I enjoyed Clair, but every now and then she said something mean which seemed out of character (although this is only the second I have read in the series) I liked the blossoming Romance between Clair and Rosen and I look forward to reading more in this series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jim Lang

    This is one of those cheap paperbacks that you buy and it remains on your shelf for years. Then, one day you just pick it up and begin to read. I love murder mysteries in old castles, so the premise attracted me. Unfortunately, an unlikable protagonist, stereotypical characters, and a thin plot ruined the overall experience. In the end, I could have just left this unread gathering dust on my shelf.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I'm a mystery genre fan and am sometimes given a boxful of mysteries by other people who read them. That's how I got this book. I'd never read Joan Hess before and I found her style of writing to be so overly flowery and cloying (mixed in with occasional random flip insults of people who don't look or behave similarly to the narrator) that I couldn't even finish the book. I'm a mystery genre fan and am sometimes given a boxful of mysteries by other people who read them. That's how I got this book. I'd never read Joan Hess before and I found her style of writing to be so overly flowery and cloying (mixed in with occasional random flip insults of people who don't look or behave similarly to the narrator) that I couldn't even finish the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Looper

    I picked up this book because I loved the idea of the setting, a murder mystery weekend at a charming Victorian inn. The story wasn't as compelling as I'd hoped, however. Still, I enjoyed protagonist Claire Malloy's sense of humor, as well as teenaged daughter Caron's character, which added some color to the story. I picked up this book because I loved the idea of the setting, a murder mystery weekend at a charming Victorian inn. The story wasn't as compelling as I'd hoped, however. Still, I enjoyed protagonist Claire Malloy's sense of humor, as well as teenaged daughter Caron's character, which added some color to the story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    MountainShelby

    This book was a freebie hanging around my shelves. It's lightweight stuff, with a snarky heroine who may or may not appeal (I would certainly not want Claire in my circle of acquaintances). Be prepared for characters who make speeches, stomp around, grimace, and wink, along with a thin plot. Eh, this book is fine if you're not expecting too much; otherwise, pick up something more substantive. This book was a freebie hanging around my shelves. It's lightweight stuff, with a snarky heroine who may or may not appeal (I would certainly not want Claire in my circle of acquaintances). Be prepared for characters who make speeches, stomp around, grimace, and wink, along with a thin plot. Eh, this book is fine if you're not expecting too much; otherwise, pick up something more substantive.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Weir

    To my distress, I read this after reading the much later books in the series! Keeping in mind the correct place on the time-line (where Caron is much younger and Peter is being introduced)the story is perfectly complex (with parallel threads)and fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caron Allan

    For a modest fee I would be happy to offer my proofreading services. As a reader, there is nothing more irritating than the abundance of simple errors this book contains. A massive distraction from the entertaining story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    A perfect, cozy mystery- full of sparkling wit and a snappy main character.

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