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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (586 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Hart Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2000 ISBN: 9781415910894
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It’s getting to look a lot like Christmas on the sea island of Broward's Rock, South Carolina. At the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, owner Annie Darling’s Yuletide preparations have to be put on hold thanks to several rather inconvenient distractions—including murder. Across the windswept isle, in the spacious, spooky mansion of Marguerite Dumaney Ladson, a motley crew is gathering for the onetime movie star’s gala Xmas/birthday bash. And when it turns deadly, it’s Annie who has to prove the innocence of the most disturbing suspect: her own deadbeat dad.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/28/2013

    " A nice Christmas mystery with lots of twists and turns! I love this series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Vassey | 8/18/2013

    " way . . . too . . . slow!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 7/28/2013

    " Cozy murder mysteries set out of a bookstore "Death On Demand." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morrigan | 2/11/2013

    " This was the first book that I read of Carolyn Hart and I plan on reading more. I thought I knew who was guilty until the very end. A very fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/29/2012

    " A fun romp of a mystery. Nothing particularly special, but enjoyable. Based on the books I've read so in this series, this would be an appropriate recommendation for young mystery readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/23/2012

    " Lots of fun, and you didn't need to read the previous 11 books in the series to follow what was happening. I'll try more in this set. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 10/19/2012

    " I recognize that the setting of this series IS a bookstore that caters to mystery readers but the product placement and name dropping in the first 25 pages almost exceeds the whole of "The Truman Show"! One wonders if she could possibly name EVERY mystery writer since the late 1800s in 294 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 7/3/2012

    " I've always enjoyed Hart's "Death on Demand" mysteries, and they give me an idea of other mystery writers to explore. They're intimate and fun to read, and the puzzles are well drawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/5/2012

    " Talk about using doppelgangers and switcharoos exquisitely I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/7/2011

    " Eady to read gentle mystery. The mystery book store owner solves the case with the help of her husband and new family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 10/18/2011

    " This one had me guessing most of the way through it - no real clear villian except the one person who didn't get killed til near the end. It kept my interest as most of her books do. I do love a good mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alma | 10/13/2011

    " This one was fun. There's a whole series, which I'd love to read. I believe I read it while I was in law school, but I can't recall exactly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/4/2011

    " love these cozy mysteries "

  • 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 numerous 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.