Dare to die

Carolyn G. Hart

Book - 2009

A mysterious young woman returns to the island to make amends, but a ruthless killer fears she will recall one long ago, foggy night.

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Series
Death on demand
Subjects
Published
New York : William Morrow c2009.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Item Description
"A death on demand mystery."
Physical Description
292 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780061453038
006145303X
Main Author
Carolyn G. Hart (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Intrepid duo Annie and Max Darling return for their nineteenth adventure in the Death on Demand series. Annie owns a mystery bookstore in Broward s Rock, one of the idyllic South Carolina Sea Islands. This time Annie leaves her bookstore in the meddling hands of her mother-in-law and steps in to help her friends Ingrid and Duane Webb by taking care of their motel. One of the motel s new residents is a lonely and troubled young woman named Iris, who had disappeared from Broward s Rock more than 10 years earlier, following the tragic deaths of two of her high-school friends. Annie invites Iris to a party that happens to include some other old friends. By the time the evening is over, Iris is brutally murdered, and the best suspects are some of those very same old classmates. The Darlings vow not to get involved, but soon their own lives are in danger, and the body count escalates. As usual, the intricate interrelationships among the characters hold the solution to the mystery. Another strong entry in this popular series. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Agatha-winner Hart's winning 19th Death on Demand mystery set in Broward's Rock, S.C. (after 2008's Death Walked In), Annie Darling and her PI husband, Max, invite Iris Tilford, a troubled young woman who used to live in the island community and has recently returned, to a party they're giving at the Broward's Rock pavilion. The party ends in tragedy with Annie and Max's discovery of Iris's strangled body on a path in the surrounding pine woods. Annie promises police chief Billy Cameron she won't meddle in the investigation, but when the killer targets her and Max, she breaks her vow. The plot neatly builds to an exciting climax in the Agatha Christie tradition, with all the suspects gathered near the scene of the crime, each with a strong motive for murder. Hart assembles her usual distinctive supporting cast, including wacky celebrity mystery writer Emma Clyde. Readers will enjoy the many allusions to actual mystery authors and their books, from the classic to the contemporary. (Apr.) [Page 35]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When the arrival of a mysterious former Broward's Rock resident sparks a town-wide feud that pits neighbor against neighbor, Annie and Max Darling find their own circumstances affected by a murder that takes place at a pavilion party that the newcomer attends.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When the arrival of a mysterious former Broward's Rock resident sparks a town-wide feud that pits neighbor against neighbor, Annie and Max Darling find their own circumstances affected by a murder that takes place at a pavilion party that the newcomer attends. By the author of Death Walked In. Tour.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A mysterious young woman returns to the island to make amends, but a ruthless killer fears she will recall one long ago, foggy night.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“Filled with quirky, witty, and down-to-earth characters….It is a joy.”—Tulsa World Death is the uninvited guest at a Broward’s Rock gala thrown by bookstore owners and sometime sleuths Annie and Max Darling in Dare to Die—the 19th captivating whodunit in Caroline Hart’s much adored Death on Demand series. A Grande Dame of mystery, Hart’s wonderfully evocative, multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning novels will delight Diane Mott Davidson and Lillian Jackson Braun fans—and Dare to Die is a wonderful display of the skill and imagination that moved a Los Angeles Times reviewer to declare, “If I were teaching a course on how to write a mystery, I would make Carolyn Hart required reading.”