- Death on demand
New York :
- 1st ed
- Item Description
- "A death on demand mystery."
- Physical Description
- 293 p. ; 24 cm
- Main Author
Bookstore owner Annie Darling and her PI husband, Max, are restoring Franklin House, an antebellum home on the small South Carolina island of Broward's Rock. A mysterious woman calls Max's office and leaves a message that she has hidden something in Franklin House, but Max treats it as a crank call. When Annie hears about the call, she goes to the woman's house and finds her dying of a gunshot wound. Is there a connection between the murder and Franklin House? When someone takes a shot at Max while he is chasing an intruder who was breaking into Franklin House, he and Annie realize that they and their new home are in danger. Hart's many cozies are distinguished by the carefully constructed motives that drive the crimes. Readers will be drawn to the island setting and the intricate web of broken relationships that frame the puzzle. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.Review by Library Journal Reviews
A stolen coin collection and a dead woman with something to hide have bookstore owner Annie Darling and her PI husband digging for answers in their 18th case. Hart lives in Oklahoma City. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Annie Darling, proprietor of Death on Demand, "the finest mystery bookstore north of Miami," once again proves a resourceful sleuth in Hart's scintillating 18th Death on Demand mystery set in the South Carolina island community of Broward's Rock (after 2006's Dead Days of Summer ). When Annie's devoted PI husband, Max, who's busy renovating historic Franklin House, puts off returning a frantic phone call from a prospective client, Annie later discovers the caller, Gwen Jamison, dying of a gunshot wound in Gwen's house. It appears Gwen wanted to tell Max that after finding on her property eight gold coins worth nearly $2 million that were recently stolen from Gwen's employer, island civic leader Geoffrey Grant, she had hidden the coins at Franklin House. When Gwen's dropout son, Robert, is implicated in both the theft and the murder, Max believes Robert's been framed and works to clear his name. This tight, Agatha Christie–style puzzler will keep readers guessing to the end. (Apr.) [Page 57]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
In the aftermath of a million-dollar coin collection theft, bookstore owner Annie Darling and her private-investigator husband Max are further perplexed by a client's murder in an antebellum home that the Darlings are restoring.Review by Publisher Summary 2
In the aftermath of a million-dollar coin collection theft, bookstore owner Annie Darling and her private-investigator husband Max are further perplexed by a client's untimely murder in an antebellum home that the Darlings are restoring. Reprint.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Max Darling hasn't been interested in crime since his brush with a seductive young woman put him in danger of losing his freedom. He even refuses to talk to a woman who calls for help and says she is afraid. The caller leaves word she's hidden something in the antebellum house Max and his wife, Annie, are restoring. When Annie finds out, she hurries to the woman's home, only to discover she's been murdered. Evidence links the dead woman to a fortune in gold coins that has recently gone missing. Was this mysterious woman killed for a fortune in coins?The dead woman's son is accused but Max believes in his innocence, and Max and Annie plunge wholeheartedly into the investigation. Are the coins hidden in Annie and Max's house? The intruder who shoots at Max seems to think so. And when Annie discovers the secret of their old house, death arrives at their door.