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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Hart Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Death on Demand Mysteries Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780307879127
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Solving puzzles comes naturally to Annie Darling, cheerful owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore on the lovely sea island of Broward's Rock. Annie is aided and abetted by her admiring husband, Max, who runs an unusual business that offers help to people in trouble.

A recent death appears to be suicide, but Annie suspects murder. To solve the case, she unravels the mystery of a towel hidden at midnight in a gazebo, the lack of fingerprints on a crystal mug, blood on a teenager's blue shirt, and the secret of a lovers' tryst.

Annie believes she has set the perfect trap for a merciless killer until her cell phone rings and Death whispers in her ear.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ❂ Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " This was a great book and a good addition to the Death on Demand series. My only complaint would be that Billy, the island Sheriff, is consistently portrayed like a dismissive idiot. I can understand his unwillingness to take Max and Annie seriously in the first couple of books, but we're well into the series by now and there are only so many times he can be proven to be wrong before it just wears thin. But I still love this series and this one doesn't disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 2/12/2014

    " This was a quick read. The mystery was good, not 100% obvious who the killer was. I like that the main character owns a mystery book store and has lots of recommendations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/28/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Annie Laurance/Max Darling; when her new employee dies and its judged to be suicide, the book store owner works to prove it was really murder "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Horney | 1/23/2014

    " very basic and prosaic. never read her before, probably won't again. if you've been with her from the beginning and like/know the characters then you will probably enjoy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/21/2014

    " Loved this one!! One of my favorites of hers. Plot was well-developed and full of twists!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/17/2014

    " a bit slow...but still, the last few chapters, couldn't put it down & it keeps you guessing! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Martin | 12/22/2013

    " This is Annie and Max's 21st book. I like this series of cozy mysteries because the clues are all there for the smart reader to figure out. Unfortunately, I can't figure them out. But the solution was clear and elegant when it arrived. The case concerns the purported death by suicide of a fired law firm receptionist, the shooting death of the head of the law firm, and the death of the yard boy. There are so many suspects. I also like the fact that Annie owns a mystery bookstore and drops in references to other mystery books and authors. I also like the lovely sea island setting for the stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Mancini | 12/18/2013

    " Great story!! As the murder unfolded, I knew the murderer-but as more info came forth, I was proved wrong. The story's main character's are becoming a bit.....much? unkempt? kinda-out there?? but the murder storyline is sharp as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/25/2013

    " did not finish, just could not get into this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 9/29/2013

    " I've read some of the books in this series and would like to read them all! I'm so excited to read this one! I just love a good mystery and this really sounds like it is going to be a good one! Great author and great series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 9/21/2013

    " This was a great mystery with an interesting plot. I would have given it 4 stars, but the cat posters really were distracting and unnecessary. I mean, what was she thinking? You can't see them! And she describes and quotes about 15 of them in the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 8/1/2013

    " I love this book even though i read the newest book first it makes me want to read all now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 12/16/2012

    " This was a pretty standard Death on Demand mystery. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for a cozy, but the plot didn't get exciting until the last few chapters. The killer was a nice twist though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/10/2012

    " I always like the Death on Demand books although now I tend to read them for author/title recommendatons. I am getting a little tired of the characters and the obligitory femme jep situation that Annie has to have. That said, I am sure I'll read the next one too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 10/3/2012

    " Fun, fluffy series. Quick read. I figured out the murderer early on but still enjoyed the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 9/20/2012

    " I don't think that Carolyn Hart's writing style is a good reading style for me. I like a lot of dialog and a little less description. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 6/3/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book as I do all the Death on Demand series--although they are somewhat alike. There are so many wealthy old families on Broward's Rock and they are always busy killing each other off, or offing themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artha | 4/27/2012

    " nice easy read, I enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 1/12/2012

    " I was just going to skim it so I could return the book to the library - but it was too good. I had to read it cover to cover. I want my own Max:) Fun summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/16/2011

    " I like Annie and Max, but this one didn't draw me in as much as some. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 9/3/2011

    " Hart is getting better, I almost didn't figure it out! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina Beirne | 7/7/2011

    " I think I'm done with this series. How many murders can possibly take place on Broward's Rock? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 6/23/2011

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Annie Laurance/Max Darling; when her new employee dies and its judged to be suicide, the book store owner works to prove it was really murder
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Quenta | 6/22/2011

    " I listened to this while I was driving to Utah. It barely kept me awake! Not bad really, just predictable and slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/14/2011

    " I love the Death on Demand series and this was another good one. My only question is how does Annie run her book shop when she's always out solving murders?! Fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 6/12/2011

    " This was a quick read. The mystery was good, not 100% obvious who the killer was. I like that the main character owns a mystery book store and has lots of recommendations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 5/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book as I do all the Death on Demand series--although they are somewhat alike. There are so many wealthy old families on Broward's Rock and they are always busy killing each other off, or offing themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/13/2011

    " Great story!! As the murder unfolded, I knew the murderer-but as more info came forth, I was proved wrong. The story's main character's are becoming a bit.....much? unkempt? kinda-out there?? but the murder storyline is sharp as ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 5/6/2011

    " It was okay. I don't think these books are really doing it for me any more. It might be time to quit this series for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/24/2011

    " Another exciting Death on Demand book. Max and Annie really outdo themselves - planting evidence and putting Annie in jeopardy. Nice read.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/18/2011

    " This was a great mystery with an interesting plot. I would have given it 4 stars, but the cat posters really were distracting and unnecessary. I mean, what was she thinking? You can't see them! And she describes and quotes about 15 of them in the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mascanlon | 4/14/2011

    " Always a treat to spend time with Max and Annie darling. And I always end up my read with a list of new books (and some old) to look for and read next courtesy of Death on Demand...Annie's Mystery Bookstore! "

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About the Author
Author Carolyn Hart

Carolyn Hart is the bestselling author of the Death on Demand mysteries. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is a recipient of the Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement Award, and In 2014 she received the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award. She lives in Oklahoma City.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.