Out on A Limb

Out on A Limb

A Claire Malloy Mystery

Book - 2002 | 1st ed.
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Claire Malloy deals with an old friend who is chained to a tree to protest the destruction of a copse of trees, an abandoned baby left on her doorstep, and the murder of the developer at the center of the controversy surrounding the trees.

McMillan Palgrave
Farberville, Arkansas is normally a quiet college town, where bookseller Claire Malloy tends her small store and raises her somewhat dramatic teenage daughter Caron. But this week, it's gone a bit out of control. A local group of activists calling themselves the Farberville Green Party is protesting a developer's plan to remove a copse of trees by having retired schoolteacher Miss Emily Parchester camp out in one of them while chained to it by the ankle. While concerned about the aged Miss Parchester's vigil in the tree, Claire isn't able to talk her down-and if that wasn't turmoil enough, a baby is left on Claire's doorstep with a note from his mother asking her to care for him for a few days.

While trying to track down the mother, Claire tries to avoid alerting either the authorities or the local gossips, but both efforts are doomed to failure. When Claire is sighted buying diapers, the unlikely rumor that her daughter has an illegitimate child runs rampant in Caron's high school. And when Claire does track down the mother of the child, it is because the teenager has been arrested for the murder of her own father - who is the local developer at the center of the controversy surrounding the trees.

Unconvinced that the baby's mother is really responsible, and juggling feedings and diaperings for the first time in fifteen-some years, Claire decides that the only way to rescue Caron's reputation and the baby's mother - not to mention coaxing Miss Parchester down out of the tree - is to uncover the truth behind the murder.


Blackwell North Amer
Farberville, Arkansas, is normally a quiet college town, where bookseller Claire Malloy tends her small store and raises her somewhat dramatic teenage daughter, Caron. But this week it's gone a bit out of control. A local group of activists, calling themselves the Farberville Green Party, is protesting a developer's plan to remove a copse of trees by having retired schoolteacher Miss Emily Parchester camp out in one of them while chained to it by the ankle. Although concerned about the aged Miss Parchester's vigil in the tree, Claire isn't able to talk her down. And if that wasn't turmoil enough, a baby is left on Claire's doorstep with a note from his mother asking her to care for him for a few days.
While attempting to track down the mother, Claire tries to avoid alerting either the authorities or the local gossips, but both efforts are doomed to failure. When Claire is sighted buying diapers, the unlikely rumor that her daughter has an illegitimate child runs rampant in Caron's high school. And when Claire finally does track down the mother of the child, it is because the teenaged mother has been arrested for the murder of her own father - who just happens to be the local developer at the center of the tree controversy.
Unconvinced that the baby's mother is really responsible, and juggling feedings and diaperings for the first time in fifteen-some years, Claire decides that the only way to rescue Caron's reputation and the baby's mother - not to mention coaxing Miss Parchester down out of the tree - is to uncover the truth behind the murder.

Baker
& Taylor

Local bookseller Claire Malloy finds herself dealing with an old friend, retired schoolteacher Emily Parchester, chained to a tree to protest the destruction of a copse of trees, an abandoned baby left on her doorstep, and the arrest of the baby's mother for the murder of her own father, the developer at the center of the controversy surrounding the trees. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312266806
0312266804
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 25 cm.

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shrewgirl Jun 18, 2014

Love this cozy mystery series!

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