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Joan Hess (1949–2017)

Autor(a) de The Painted Queen

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About the Author

Joan Hess was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1949. She received a bachelor's degree in art from the University of Arkansas in 1971 and a master's degree in education from Long Island University in 1974. For several years, she taught art in a private preschool. Her first book, Strangled Prose, mostrar mais was published in 1986. She was the author of the Claire Malloy Mystery series and the Arly Hanks Mystery series. A Diet to Die For won the American Mystery Award for best traditional novel of 1989. A short story, Too Much to Bare, received the Agatha Award in 1990 and the McCavity Award in 1991. She also wrote the Theo Bloomer series under the pseudonym Joan Hadley. She finished the final Amelia Peabody novel, The Painted Queen, using the notes of Elizabeth Peters and their conversations to finish the book. It was published in 2017. She died on November 23, 2017 at the age of 68. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Joan Hess with Dewey Lambdin in Nashville


Obras de Joan Hess

The Painted Queen (2017) 461 cópias
Strangled Prose (1986) 363 cópias
Malice in Maggody (1987) 305 cópias
Dear Miss Demeanor (1987) 282 cópias
A Holly Jolly Murder (1997) 279 cópias
A Diet to Die For (1989) 272 cópias
Busy Bodies (1995) 267 cópias
A Really Cute Corpse (1988) 265 cópias
Poisoned Pins (1993) 263 cópias
Damsels in Distress (2007) 263 cópias
Tickled to Death (1994) 260 cópias
murder@maggody.com (2000) 255 cópias
Death by the Light of the Moon (1992) 252 cópias
Closely Akin to Murder (1996) 241 cópias
Mischief in Maggody (1988) 237 cópias
A Conventional Corpse (2000) 229 cópias
Roll Over and Play Dead (1991) 227 cópias
The Goodbye Body (2005) 222 cópias
Mortal Remains in Maggody (1991) 221 cópias
Misery Loves Maggody (1999) 219 cópias
Out on a Limb (2002) 217 cópias
Much Ado in Maggody (1989) 217 cópias
Mummy Dearest (2008) 216 cópias
Madness in Maggody (1991) 214 cópias
Martians in Maggody (1994) 213 cópias
O Little Town of Maggody (1993) 213 cópias
Maggody in Manhattan (1992) 206 cópias
The Maggody Militia (1997) 196 cópias
Malpractice in Maggody (2006) 196 cópias
Maggody and the Moonbeams (2001) 191 cópias
Muletrain to Maggody (2004) 177 cópias
Miracles in Maggody (1995) 175 cópias
The Merry Wives of Maggody (2010) 146 cópias
Deader Homes and Gardens (2012) 135 cópias
Murder as a Second Language (2013) 120 cópias
Pride v. Prejudice (2015) 86 cópias
The Deadly Ackee (1988) 37 cópias
The Night-Blooming Cereus (1986) 27 cópias
Crime After Crime (1998) — Editor — 13 cópias
Future Tense (1987) 6 cópias
Red Rover, Red Rover (1987) 5 cópias
Claire Malloy (2017) 3 cópias
Dead on Arrival (1994) 2 cópias

Associated Works

Women of Mystery (1992) — Contribuinte — 127 cópias
Once Upon a Crime (1998) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
Cat Crimes II (1992) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
Sisters in Crime 4 (1991) — Contribuinte — 105 cópias
Sisters in Crime 2 (1990) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Malice Domestic 3 (1994) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
Murder for Revenge (1998) — Contribuinte — 71 cópias
Master's Choice, Volume 1 (1999) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
A Modern Treasury of Great Detective and Murder Mysteries (1994) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
Mom, Apple Pie and Murder (2000) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
Irreconcilable Differences (1999) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
First Cases 2: First Appearances of Classic Amateur Sleuths (1997) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Deadly Allies II (1994) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Vengeance Is Hers (1997) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Women of Mystery - Book 3 (1998) 24 cópias
Murder Most Postal: Homicidal Tales That Deliver a Message (2001) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Crimes of Passion: Twenty-Three Tales of Love and Hate (1993) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Felonious Felines (2000) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
First Cases [Unabridged Audiobook] (2002) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias


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It's light entertainment; she's heavy on the cliches, but can write a decent story line and develop her characters; no real surprises.
alanac50 | outras 3 resenhas | Feb 27, 2024 |
This episode was begun by Peters before her death and finished by her friend and fellow author Joan Hess.

It's 1912 and the Peabody/Emerson clan has two problems to solve. One has to do with an exquisite bust of Nefertiti and the many forged copies of it floating around Cairo. The other problem has to do with semi-incompetent assassins with monocles who are chasing after Amelia and Ramses.

The missing bust problem brings in potential German goals of disrupting the Egyptian government so that Egypt can be conquered by Germany. There are drugs and drugged archaeologists and a hirsute missionary who is trying to convince the Copts to start a revolution. Ramses and David spend a lot of time in Cairo trying to chase down the original Nefertiti and running afoul of the German embassy.

Meanwhile, Amelia is supposed to be under close supervision to thwart any more assassination attempts while they are digging at Amarna, but she's her usual intrepid and headstrong self and gets into and out of many dangerous situations.

This was an other excellent episode in an engaging historical mystery series.
… (mais)
kmartin802 | outras 19 resenhas | Nov 15, 2023 |
I have been eagerly awaiting the final installment of the Amelia Peabody series ever since I heard that the late author Elizabeth Peters had one final book in the works. Thanks to the gracious folks who responded to my request at William Morrow/Harper Collins Publishers, I was able to get my hands on this advance reader's edition, and you may be sure that I devoured it!

For those who may be coming to this book with no prior knowledge of the series, even though this book is #20, it fits chronologically about two-thirds of the way into the series and fills in a gap between previously published books. The Painted Queen will certainly be most meaningful to you if you have read the books that precede it, but I think it would stand up even if you came to it without that context.

That being said, here are my thoughts:

This is a stellar addition to the Amelia series. On page one, I admitted to myself some reservations. Joan Hess is the co-author for this work; I wondered, how would the collaboration flow? Would I really recognize my favorite characters? Would I be able to suspend disbelief and go along on their adventures with the same thrill I've gotten in many of Elizabeth Peters' other works?

I realized by about page seven that the answer to all of those questions was YES! In fact, this book may actually mark the series' peak of comedy, derring-do, and suspense. It's very, very funny, and the action is tightly plotted without any slow bits.

I love the premise, which is absurd and therefore sits fair and square in Amelia's world. Without any apology whatsoever, she OWNS the fact that her life is straight out of the most sensational of novels. She and her family of archaeologists are just beginning their latest venture in Egypt when a villain with a monocle bursts into her bath chamber, gasps "Murder!" and collapses in a dead heap on the floor moments before he would have strangled her. Naturally, she hoists herself out of the tub and begins going through his pockets. When she and her husband Emerson begin speculating about the presence of the monocle, she immediately informs him that it must be the insignia of a secret society, and that assassins sometimes travel in gangs.
"Assassins do not travel in gangs," says Emerson.
(They are the perfect duo!)
This is the point at which I began to dissolve into fits of chuckling.

And that is just the beginning of an adventure that involves a whole parade of monocled men named after the great traitors of history. Also, you know the iconic treasure sitting in a museum in Berlin, the Nefertiti bust? The Emerson family is seamlessly inserted into that historical narrative. (I love the way Elizabeth Peters has always had them at or near the scene of great discoveries, but always in such a way that real history is left intact...they get their hands all over the story, but in the end they leave no trace!)
So, yes, the Nefertiti bust has been discovered, but then it vanishes, but then it reappears again...and again...and again...how many of them can there be? Amelia's son Ramses and his best friend David traverse Cairo hunting down each new copy.
This keeps Ramses mostly away from Nefret, the Emerson family's ward, now a grown woman with a tragedy in her past. Readers of The Falcon at the Portal and He Shall Thunder in the Sky know that since this new book is filling in that chronological gap, the relationship tension must be kept intact. It simmers ever so slightly below the surface.

I must mention one other big thing that I adored in this book....the appearances of the Emerson family's perpetual nemesis (actually, at this point, "frenemy" is probably a more accurate description). Yes, it's Sethos, or as Amelia likes to call him, the Master Criminal. His disguises and plots are ongoing joys of the series. When he shows up in The Painted Queen, it's with greater panache than ever before. There are thundering hooves. There are dramatic interventions. It's glorious. Those who know the rest of his story will revel in these moments.

So, in review, this book is everything I wanted the last Amelia Peabody novel to be. I'm sad that there won't be any more of her adventures, but I'm happy that The Painted Queen is such a fitting swan song. I am totally elated to have read it, and you will be too. It goes on sale July 25!

***SO MANY THANKS to William Morrow/Harper Collins Publishers who provided me with this free advance copy in exchange for an honest review
… (mais)
Alishadt | outras 19 resenhas | Feb 25, 2023 |



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