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Dead, White, and Blue (Death on Demand Mysteries Series Book 23) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Hart
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bookstore owner Annie Darling’s life is all about murder mysteries: reading them, selling them—and solving them…

Summer is a hectic time for Annie and her husband, Max. Sun and scorching temperatures never fail to bring swarms of tourists to their mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, for the latest beach reads. Not to mention the whole island is buzzing with excitement over the upcoming Broward’s Rock Fourth of July dance.

Shell Hurst is the kind of woman wives hate—for good reason—and most of them wish she would just disappear. But when she does—last seen walking into the pine trees during the Fourth of July fireworks display—Annie can’t help but feel like someone should be looking for her.

Annie and Max are soon following a twisted trail marked by blackmail, betrayal, and adultery, winding from the corridors of the island’s lovely inn to a pier lashed by pelting rain, to a gathering on the terrace of a country club where a trap is set for a calculating killer…

Editorial Reviews

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It’s the Fourth of July on Broward’s Rock, the sea island off the coast of South Carolina that is home to Death on Demand, the mystery bookstore run by Annie Darling, and to Confidential Commissions, the problem-solving agency run by her husband, Max. At a dance at the club that holiday night, it seems that Max and Annie are the only happy couple. Most notably, Shell, the younger, second wife of Wesley Hurst, is making things miserable for him, his first wife, her lover, his kids, and her blackmailer. Several days after the dance, Wesley’s daughter comes to Confidential Commissions to ask Max for help in finding Shell, who is missing along with her new green Porsche. Also missing is a waiter at the club. Annie and Max suspect a connection, but, until a body is found, others assume both Shell and the waiter are just away. As always, Annie and Max use conversations and subterfuge to seek out the truth. Fans of this series will enjoy the twists on the monthly store contest and the involvement in the case of Max’s mother, local author Emma Clyde. --Karen Muller


“A beautifully constructed mystery.”—Connecticut Post
“A highly satisfying read that builds to a stunning climax.”—Mystery Scene Magazine
“Annie and Max...tackle multiple suspects and clues reminiscent of the classic mysteries offered at their bookstore. Their fans will enjoy rooting among the suspects in preparation for a denouement straight out of Agatha Christie.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425260771
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hart Does it Again! May 9, 2013
Hurray for another Death on Demand book! Annie and Max Darling are such a fantastic duo. If you love Agatha Christie (like I do) you'll love Hart's Death on Demand series as well. Dead, White, and Blue kept me guessing until the end. I highly recommend this mystery to anyone looking for a great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carolyn Hart's 50th book is her best yet!! May 7, 2013
For readers that have been following Annie and Max Darling right from the beginning, with the release of Death in Demand, they will be anxiously awaiting the release of the 23rd book in this series, Dead, White & Blue.

It is summer in Broward's Rock and Annie and Max Darling are looking forward to the Fourth of July dance. However one resident is causing up a stir and everything is due to come to a head at the dance. That person is Shell Hurst, the woman everyone loves to hate. Even her own husband, Wesley Hurst, has reasons to dislike her and wish her dead. When she goes missing after the dance, after having made a spectacle, Max is asked to investigate where she went by Shell's step-daughter, Hayley. However what Annie and Max will uncover is a multiple murder and many people in the town that really wished Shell would disappear and never return.

The Death on Demand series are one of my favorites. They are intelligent mysteries, that are very much reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence. Annie and Max are smart sleuths, that always get their man (or woman!), despite the obstacles in their way. This time there is quite a few people that are determined to stop them from investigating Shell's disappearance, people that would rather she stayed missing!

I love the Darlings and I always enjoy trying to solve the mystery alongside them. I also dearly love Broward's Rock and the Death on Demand bookstore. The secondary characters that appear in each book have endeared themselves to me over time, and I always look forward to taking another adventure with them.

If you haven't picked up this series yet, be sure to begin with Death on Demand. Like a glass of fine wine, these books have only gotten better with age, and I can't wait to see what Carolyn Hart has in store for us next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50th Book and Better Than Ever May 15, 2013
It's hard to believe that anybody could write 50 books. It's harder still to believe that her 50th book would be one of her most thrilling. However, that's exactly what Carolyn Hart has done with her latest release: Dead, White, and Blue.
Loved the setting in Broward's Rock. I've always loved the south. And, I always love the 4th of July celebrations. But, of course, Carolyn puts a witty spin on all those things in Dead, White and Blue. And, naturally it involves both mystery and murder.
I found it to be an easy and fast read. And, I really don't read much fiction. But, Mrs. Hart keeps you turning the pages faster and faster as you lose your sense of time and place. It was a great weekend escape.
Destined to be a classic. A must read.

By the way, Carolyn has a great website: [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one June 5, 2013
By Reader
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Another good one in the continuing series. All the basics including her tradition set of pictures depicting famous mystery books. As usual, I couldn't figure them out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner June 3, 2013
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Annie and Max are back, along with their usual island family and friends and cats. This time they are trying to find someone that no one really misses or wants to find. I truly enjoyed my annual visit to Broward's Rock and Death on Demand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Carolyn Hart May 30, 2013
By Kristen
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I look forward to Hart's new book each spring...not only does she weave an interesting plot full of complex characters, but I enjoy her writing itself - her prose, descriptions, etc. Although I can usually figure out the killer midway through the book, with Hart, watching the characters come to the same conclusion is half the fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Carolyn. Loved the book. May 19, 2013
This is another excellent effort by the Queen of Cozy, Ms. Carolyn Hart. I have been reading the Max and Annie Darling Books for some time now, and I love each and every one of them. This book is another winner. The setting is of course Broward's Rock in South Carolina . The book is set in a steaming hot July on this little island paradise. This is beach reading at its best. Annie and Max are trying to find out what happened to a young woman who disappeared during the fireworks display on July 4. No one seems to think that anything bad has happened to her, but Annie and Max know that she just didn't disappear off the island without a trace. There is no shortage of suspects, as this young woman has not made many friends in Broward's Rock. She has not been above going after any man she fancies and could care less if he's married or not. And Annie and Max are nothing if not entertaining. I love reading about their lives and their friends with each book that comes out. It's like reading about old friends, and that's what cozies are supposed to be about. Can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery by Carolyn Hart! May 17, 2013
I loved Dead, White & Blue. Mrs.Hart has outdone herself again. Max and Annie are as entertaining as usual. This book like her others is a real page-turner. You will not be disappointed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love this author and this type of mystery
i've been a fan of this series since i was quiet young. love this author and this type of mystery.
Published 1 month ago by zee
5.0 out of 5 stars The entire Death on Demand series is perfect for reading while on...
The entire Death on Demand series is perfect for reading while on vacation or as a "mini-escape. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DLM
4.0 out of 5 stars ... read all the Death On demand books and I enjoy them very much
I have read all the Death On demand books and I enjoy them very much. I like to see how many books she mentions that I have read. Fun summer reading
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Szuta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book and story line
Published 3 months ago by Jan M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read this book and I loved it. I follow her faithfully.
Published 3 months ago by Arlene F. Fabec
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by E Mirassou
5.0 out of 5 stars Another(Satisfying)Visit With Old Friends
Max and Annie Darling have got to be one of the most delightful couples in literature. Their relationship is maturing nicely, Laurel doesn't get on Annie's nerves so much and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by candida friedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Cozy that Leaves You Guessing!
The Death on Demand series is classic. I've been reading this for quite some time, and I absolutely adore it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by poshpow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AS usual a good Carolyn Hart mystery
Published 3 months ago by moongoose
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Job
Excellent book and received in very good condition. The story line was great as always by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Marjorie
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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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