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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline; English Language edition (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055326351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553263510
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 www.CarolynHart.com

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.


Customer Reviews

The plot was really slow, with way too much extraneous description and information.
Heather Lynn Anderson
Other than relaxation, my second reason for reading cozy series is that I love to read the books in order as they are published year after year.
D. Blankenship
Ms Hart's characters are interesting and the story is fun at the same time a mystery.
Kathy Cook

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on May 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Annie Laurance runs a mystery book store, Death on Demand, which she inherited from her beloved uncle. Once a week she has a meeting of the Sunday Night Regulars, local mystery writers from the South Carolina island where she lives. One of the writers, Elliot Morgan is a disagreeable fellow who threatens to reveal things about his fellow writers which they would prefer to keep quiet. Before he has a chance to do so he is killed, presumably by one of the Sunday Night Regulars. The local police suspect it is Annie herself but with her friend Max Darling, she sets out to find the real murderer. Max and Annie discover that each of the Regulars has avoided a brush with the law and each has something to hide which Elliot could have known about. There are lots of wonderful references to classic mysteries and mystery writers as Annie and Max work to solve the case. This is the first book of a justly popular series.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Schau on February 28, 2002
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Since milieu is such an important part of a mystery novel, avid mystery readers will like Hart's Death on Demand book store and the cozy little island community in which it is located. Most of the characters are mystery novelists, and if the crimes and solutions are not brain teasers of the first order, mystery fans will enjoy the familiar references.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1997
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A delightful book, with endearing characters, this is the first in a series. The setting, an island off the South Carolina coast, is pleasantly unusual, and Annie's affection for it and for her mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, "the best mystery bookstore this side of Atlanta," as well as the whole genre of mysteries, are contagious. The comments on various mystery authors on whom she dotes have me dogearing pages so I can hunt up books by enticing authors I've never tried. I look forward to Annie's comments on books I have read or the appearance of books I recognize in her monthly mystery painting contest. The courtship is a lot of fun, and Max Darling's winning move in the campaign will bring a smile to the face of anyone who treasures books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2008
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Annie, the bookstore-owning heroine is too immature for belief (she apparently runs a business but still has, as she admits, uncontrollable temper tantrums?? - try growing up) and she's not bright either (her denouement scene is a joke). Her attempts at investigation are totally unbelievable, but really unnecessary to the reader since the perp is obvious from the start. The cozy mystery bookstore and off-coast southern island locale, along with her charming, bad-boy Logan Huntzberger-style male sidekick are redeeming factors, but it isn't enough. I won't be reading anymore of this series. (By the way, stay far away from the Wheeler Publishing large-print edition. It is full and then some of the worst typos ever.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ARkee on June 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Looking for a new series to keep me occupied for the summer, I read this first installment of the Death on Demand books...I know a lot of reviewers like the name-dropping, but I didn't know all these writers and it made me feel stupid! Also, another reviewer noticed some lack of research, like with the College of the Ozarks near Branson...however, since the character mentioned southern Arkansas in connection with that college, it must be our University of the Ozarks (which used to be College of the Ozarks) which is in WESTERN Arkansas, far away from the swamps of southern AR...but all those picky things aside, it was a pretty good mystery, I just wish Annie hadn't been so careless in her investigations, i.e.: using the one computer that was likely to get her in trouble (surely there was another way to check the disk), and staging her final trap when she knew Max was on the way back with proof...I like my heroines to use their brains, not set themselves up for disaster.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2003
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Annie Darling is the owner of a bookshop located on a small island that hosts an unlikely large number of crime fiction writers. During a meeting of those writer one of them got killed and Annie is eager to investigate about the murder, especially because she is one of the prime suspects.
In my opinion the book is nothing special and the mystery in itself is rather disappointing. At times things are far too obvious and at others they simply does not make sense (you can spot a few minor contradictions in the story).
However the setting is really nice, the idea of the bookshop is appealing and the continuos references to famous detective stories and mystery writers may attract fans of the genre. For these reasons it may be worth to explore some other books of this series, hoping that the quality improve.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debbi D on February 3, 2009
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I found the plot predictable, the characters boring and stereotyped, the flowery descriptions of the setting overwrought, and the name-dropping of mystery writers as irritating as my ex-boyfriend's account of his Sag Harbor softball team.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2001
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"Death on Demand" was disappointing for two reasons. First, the main characters, Annie and Max, were simply annoying. Annie conducts her investigation in an utterly unrealistic fashion, even for an amateur sleuth. And Max just spends his time tearing around the island in his Porsche. Secondly, the book disappoints because a pivotal plot element simply doesn't work. In order to commit the first murder the killer must turn off the lights in a bookstore while a group of people are there. He/she does this by tying a string to the circuit breaker and pulling it from 15-20 feet away. The problem is that you can't shut off a circuit breaker that way. Try it yourself, as the author should have done. Overall, a very disappointing and over-rated book.
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