O Little Town of Maggody: An Arly Hanks Mystery
Chief of Police Arly (Ariel) Hanks is still hiding out in her hometown of Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755), the land of moonshine and Ruby Bee’s Bar & Grill, country roads and Nashville on the radio, cheatin’ hearts and, well, maybe murder. It all starts when Matt Montana, country music’s number one superstar of the year, decides it’s a great PR move to come home to Maggody for the holidays. For a town in the grip of a recession, the news means Christmas is bringing a savior.
Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanan, the mayor’s wife, quickly sets up the Matt Montana Official Souvenir Shoppe, the amply endowed Dahlia Buchanan drives tourists around in the “Matt-mobile,” and beer costs two dollars a bottle at the Matt Montana Hometown Bar & Grill. Only one thing is missing: Aunt Adele, Matt Montana’s one and only living relative. The elderly lady has mysteriously disappeared from the local nursing home, and Arly—even with the loan of the Fayetteville’s PD’s tracking dog—can find neither hide nor hair nor corpse of her. Now Arly gets to peek behind the scenes at a singing star’s very private life to discover the manager who isn’t above using blackmail, the wife who may be willing to kill to keep her man, and the pretty young singer who is giving Matt Montana an achy breaky heart. Is one of them a killer? Why has Dahlia Buchanan confessed to murder? What did happen to Aunt Adele? And what does moonshiner Raz Buchanan’s pig Marjorie have to do with it all?
Since Arly is the smartest, spunkiest, most off-beat sleuth in the Ozarks, it’s up to her to save Christmas and restore order to the wacky, delightful community of Maggody, where anything can happen—and usually does.