Death comes silently

Carolyn G. Hart

Book - 2012

Saved in:

1st Floor Show me where

MYSTERY/Hart Carolyn
1 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
1st Floor MYSTERY/Hart Carolyn Checked In
Mystery fiction
New York : Berkley Prime Crime 2012.
1st ed
Physical Description
276 p. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Carolyn G. Hart (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

It's winter on Broward's Rock, the South Carolina sea island where Annie Darling runs Death on Demand, a mystery bookstore, and her husband, Max, a consulting firm. It should be quiet, leaving Annie with nothing more to worry about than avoiding Laurel, her mother-in-law, currently pressing sunflowers on everyone, or Emma Clyde, the resident eccentric mystery writer. During an event at the bookstore, Annie receives dramatic messages from the woman who substituted for her at A Better Tomorrow, the remotely located volunteer relief shelter. As soon as the bookstore event ends, Annie heads to the shelter to soothe her friend but instead finds her dead. The ex-con handyman, hired by Annie's loyal friend Henny Brawley, is the prime suspect—and the only one the meddling mayor will let the police consider. Annie, Max, Henny, Emma, and Laurel do some meddling of their own, along with careful observation of how people get around the island, which leads to trapping the real killer in lies. A particularly satisfying entry in an always-satisfying cozy series. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In her 22nd adventure set in Broward's Rock, SC, Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand bookstore, and her husband, Max, become involved in the murder investigation of a local charity shop worker. The victim tried to call Annie right before she was killed, so Annie feels compelled to find her killer. When a second murder occurs, Annie and Max begin to think that another recent death, which was ruled accidental, may be connected. In addition, Annie's longtime customer Henny Brawley is trying her best to keep an innocent man from being tried for the murders. VERDICT Fans of this popular cozy series will not be disappointed with Hart's latest entry (after Dead by Midnight). It is always a pleasure to read about the current obsession of Annie's well-meaning mother-in-law Laurel Darling Roethke and the competition between Henny and resident mystery writer Emma Clyde over the bookstore's monthly mystery contest. Recommended for all cozy mystery fans, especially for those who like to read Joan Hess, Leslie Meier, and Jill Churchill.—Jean King, West Hempstead P.L., NY [Page 67]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Agatha Award–winner Hart's sparkling 22nd Death on Demand mystery (after 2011's Dead by Midnight), Annie Darling enlists Gretchen Burkholt, a fellow volunteer at Better Tomorrow, to sub for her at the charity shop so she can host an author signing at her Broward's Rock, S.C., bookstore, Death on Demand. To Annie's horror, someone kills Gretchen with an axe during the charity shop's afternoon shift. Police chief Billy Cameron is sure ex-con handyman Jeremiah Young, who fled the crime scene, is guilty, but Annie's longtime customer and mystery connoisseur, Henny Brawley, is equally convinced of Jeremiah's innocence. When Annie and Henny find a link between Gretchen's murder and the "accidental" drowning of fussy and pretentious Everett Hathaway two weeks earlier, the suspect field opens considerably. A bucolic setting, colorful characters, and frequent knowledgeable recommendations of mystery authors and books old and new help make this another winning entry in a cozy series that shows no sign of age. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman-Schneider Agency. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When her fellow charity shop volunteer Gretchen Burkholt is murdered, Dead on Demand Mystery shop owner Annie Darling enlists the help of her husband, Max, to piece together a puzzle involving an overturned kayak, a stolen motorboat, a troubled love affair, and a reckless teenager.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Unable to volunteer at a book signing by a popular local writer, Annie Darling arrives after the event and discovers her fellow volunteer, Gretchen Burkholt, murdered after having left numerous voicemails about some scandalous news she wanted to share.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

National Bestselling Author and winner of multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, Carolyn Hart continues to dazzle mystery fans with an all new Death on Demand Mystery.Winter has arrived in Broward's Rock, South Carolina, and business has slowed for Annie Darling, owner of mystery bookstore Death on Demand. So when the island's resident writer publishes the latest in her popular mystery series, Annie jumps at the chance to host a book signing, even though it conflicts with her shift at the local charity shop, Better Tomorrow.Luckily, fellow volunteer Gretchen Burkholt agrees to sub for her. The signing goes well, but Gretchen interrupts the event multiple times, leaving voice mails about scandalous news she's dying to share. Even though Gretchen tends to be excitable, Annie heads over to Better Tomorrow, where she finds Gretchen dead on the floor, an axe by her side.Annie enlists the help of her husband, Max, to piece together a puzzle involving an overturned kayak, a stolen motorboat, a troubled love affair, and a reckless teenager. And she must tread carefully in her investigation, because a killer is on the loose, and that killer works well in the foggy days of winter...