Maggody is the perfect setting for this well-plotted mystery. The folksy humor of the town's inhabitants adds wit and charm to the suspense, creating a novel that is richly detailed and completely entertaining.

This installment in Hess' Arly Hanks series finds the small-town Arkansas police chief investigating a murder in Maggody.

When a retirement home closes, the facility is purchased by a foundation that renovates the property. Maggody is ripe with rumors concerning the foundation's true purpose. When a young receptionist at the foundation is murdered, Arly must investigate.

She soon discovers that the foundation is operating a rehab facility that caters to the extremely wealthy. As Arly questions the elitist patients, her investigation is hampered by the foundation's directors, who believe that the privacy of their patients is paramount to the murder investigation. But when another murder occurs on foundation grounds, Arly will stop at nothing to discover the identity of the killer or killers.

(Jan., 272 pp., $23.00)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick