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Death Comes Silently (Death on Demand Mysteries) Hardcover – April 3, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Death on Demand Mysteries (Book 22)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245705
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


In Agatha Award-winner Hart's sparkling 22nd Death on Demand mystery,  Annie Darling enlists Gretchen Burkholt, a fellow volunteer at Better Tomorrow, to sub for her at the charity shop.   . . . another winning entry in a cozy series that shows no sign of age.  Publishers Weekly

. . . Recommended for all cozy mystery fans, especially for those who like to read Joan Hess, Leslie Meier, and Jill Churchill. Library Journal 

From the Author

Carolyn talks about mysteries and writing in a new video. Please go to her website at and click on the upper right hand corner

More About the Author

If you love Topper and Blithe Spirit, celebrate Christmas with It's a Wonderful Life, and live to laugh, please join the Late Bailey Ruth Raeburn, Heaven's irrepressible sleuth, on the Rescue Express October 1 In GHOST GONE WILD. Bailey Ruth returns to earth to help a scruffy but lovable 20-something-video-game inventor who has lots of money and just as many enemies. Bailey Ruth foils a shooting, but discovers her Heavenly supervisor has no idea she's on earth and this time she may never make it back to Heaven!

DEAD, WHITE AND BLUE is the 23rd in the Death on Demand series. Annie Darling insists a woman can't disappear without a trace but a sultry siren walks into the pines on the Fourth of July and no one has seen her since.

For more about Carolyn's books and comments, please visit her website at

Carolyn writes the Death on Demand series set in a mystery bookstore on a South Carolina sea island and the Bailey Ruth Raeburn series featuring a lively redheaded ghost.

Carolyn is also the author of several WWII novels, including ESCAPE FROM PARIS which is mewly available this month from Seventh Street Books. Escape from Paris is the story of two sisters who defy the Gestapo to help British fliers avoid capture.

In Ghost at Work, Bailey Ruth returns to earth to help someone in trouble. She moves a body, investigates a murder, saves a marriage, prevents a suicide, and--in a fiery finale--rescues a child who knows too much. In Merry, Merry Ghost, Bailey Ruth protects a little boy from danger. In Ghost in Trouble, Bailey Ruth tries to corral a wilful woman determined to play hunt-the-killer. Ghost Gone Wild puts Bailey Ruth at risk of never returning to Heaven.

Letter from Home, a WWII novel set on the home front, received the Agatha Award for Best Mystery of 2003. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. Thirteen-year-old Gretchen Gilman is working for the small-town newspaper during the hot summer of 1944. Murder occurs on the street where she lives, forever changing her life and the lives of those involved.

Hart was one of 10 mystery authors featured at the National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC, in 2003 for Letter from Home and again in 2007 for Set Sail for Murder, 7th in the Henrie O series. In Set Sail for Murder (new in paperback March 2008), Henrie O joins a troubled family on a Baltic cruise and death is an unwelcome passenger.

Hart has been nominated 9 times for the Agatha Award for Best Novel and has won 3 times. In 2007 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic. She will be the International Guest of Honor at Bloody Words in Toronto on June 6-8, 2008.

Hart is a native of Oklahoma City, a journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and a former president of Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and American Crime Writers League.

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Carolyn Hart always writes very good cozy mysteries.
Donna G. Davis
Annie and Max Darling are thrown into a murder investigation during a winter book signing by Broward Rocks,resident Author, Emma Clyde.
L. Rigod
Carolyn Hart is an excellent author and her Death On Demand series never leaves one wanting for great characters or story line.
D. A. Grabowski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Annie Darling, owner of mystery bookstore Death on Demand, is dealing with slow business so when she has the chance to host a book signing for a local writer, she asks Gretchen Burkholt, a fellow volunteer at a local charity resale shop, to take her scheduled shift. During the book signing Gretchen calls Annie when she discovers information on an index card found in the pocket of a jacket belonging to the late Everett Hathaway among clothes donated by his family after his supposed accidental drowning that could mean he was murdered instead.

Annie goes to the shop to discover Gretchen has been murdered and the paper with the information is missing. Suspicion falls on an ex-convict handyman but as Annie digs deeper into the connection between Gretchen's and Everett's deaths even more suspects emerge and it soon becomes apparent that one of them wants her out of the way.

This series is one of my favorites in the cozy mystery genre and this newest story lived up to my expectations. I always like reading about the relationship between Annie and her husband Max as they embark on sleuthing adventures together. All the regular characters are likeable which makes the series fun to read. Hart always does a good job of creating enough suspects to keep the reader guessing right up to the end and that was the case in this storyline as well.

Fans of this series won't be disappointed and newcomers will enjoy it even if they haven't read the previous titles as there is enough background given on the various characters to explain the relationships.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicted, nor was a positive review required.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PoCoKat on June 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's always wonderful to return to Broward Rock, even in the middle of winter. All of the regulars are here in Death Comes Silently. Annie finds the body of a fellow volunteer and the games begin. Annie and Max along with "aunt" Henny quickly set out to prove that a local handyman Jeremiah is not the murderer as the police assume. Of course their sleuthing puts them in danger...

A wonderful cozy should read all 22 volumes in this well written,well plotted series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kennedy on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In the 22nd release in her famous DEATH ON DEMAND series, Carolyn Hart offers a thoughtful, tantalizing mystery based in Broward's Rock, SC. Once more, readers are invited to join Annie and Max Darling as they hunt a killer on the loose in this bucolic setting. When mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling asks Gretchen Burkholt to fill in for her at the charity shop, she has no idea Gretchen will end up dead. Annie immediately goes into "sleuthing mode" and wonders if Gretchen's death could be connected to a suspicious drowning that occurred two weeks earlier. As always, Ms. Hart offers a delightful puzzle for her fans to solve. Intricate plotting, well-developed characters and enough red herrings to keep readers on their toes make this mystery a treasure to read. This is a series that should never end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christine H. Randall on June 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I actually enjoyed this mystery. Some of Carolyn Hart's Annie Darling books have been too cloying, particularly regarding the relationship between Max and Annie, with not enough mystery. This one was better than the last few of this series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Violetta on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There is much to like in this series from Carolyn Hart that stars Annie and Max Darling. There is a bookshop that Annie runs, which gives a central focus around which her friendships are formed, and there is also Max's mother, Laurel, who is a bit quirky but in a devoted, kind way. I have liked each of the books in this series, and this one doesn't disappoint either. Ms. Hart's writing style flows so smoothly, and her descriptions are vivid and interesting. Some readers have noted that in previous books Annie seems to make dumb decisions, and I suspect those readers will have a similar complaint here. She does act alone, without informing the police, or even Max, who would certainly come to her aid if he knew she needed him. However, as I see it, each of the three friends plus Annie, Max, and Laurel strongly portrays a particular quality--Annie perhaps empathy, Max rational deduction, Laurel beauty and emotion, etc. They each portray these characteristics in the extreme, but that's what makes the mystery and the plot unfold so well. I don't really expect the characters to act exactly as they would in real life; that's not the point. The point is having something to think about in addition to solving the mystery, and readers can certainly come away from this one having enjoyed the journey. The 2 cats, Agatha and Dorothy L., are both in fine form too. Ms. Hart write exquisitely about cats and their behavior, which adds to the fun. This is a very fine book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on August 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This marks the twenty-first novel in the Death on Demand series featuring the mystery bookstore owner, Annie Darling, and her husband, Max, who runs Confidential Commissions, through which he offers "counsel to people in trouble." There is, of course, a death early on, a seemingly accidental drowning of Everett Hathaway, who was, strangely [it being early January], kayaking before somehow tipping out into the water and suffering hypothermia before drowning. Very soon thereafter there is another death, one that shakes Annie to the core: The victim was Gretchen Burkholt, who had taken Annie's place at the charity shop at which they both volunteered so that Annie could attend a booksigning at Death on Demand. When Annie returns to the shop after a series of calls from Gretchen, she discovers her body on the floor, a blood-covered ax nearby.

Annie is guilt-ridden at the fact that Annie herself should have been there, not Gretchen, and is determined to find the killer. When it becomes known that Gretchen had discovered something in the clothing that the dead man was wearing the night he died, with shocking implications, Annie is not persuaded that his death was an accident, and believes that that discovery might have led to Gretchen's death. Annie is aided in this by the usual cast of characters: husband Max, and his mother, Laurel; local crime writer Emma Clyde, whose booksigning took place on the night Gretchen was murdered, and Annie's long-time friend Henny Brawley. The reader is introduced to a whole cast of characters, any one of whom had a motive to kill

The action takes place in Broward's Rock, a barrier island 40 minutes from the South Carolina mainland described by the author as "undoubtedly the most glorious place in the universe to live.
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