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At Annie Laurance's Death On Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder most foul suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked shelves. Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen.With Annie in the unenviable position of primary police suspect, the pretty young mystery maven and her wealthy paramour, Max Darling, embark on an investigation into a classic locked-room mystery with high stakes. For failing to unmask a brutal and ingenious killer could mean prison for Ms. Laurance. While success could mean her death.

About the Author

Carolyn Hart is the author of two bestselling mystery series-the Henrie O. mysteries and the Death on Demand series. She lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline; First Edition 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This review is more or less a summation of my take on this book and this series. The plot has been pretty well discussed here already so I will be quite brief in that area; concentrating more on my likes, dislikes and goals in reading this particular work.

I enjoy cozy mysteries. The genre is one I use to completely relax with, enjoy, and when I find an author and series I like, I enjoy following it as new books are published. In many ways, these little books are kind of like comforting friends.

Death on Demand is of course the first book in this particular series and the first book I have read by this author. I note that at last count that the number of novels involved here, i.e. Death of Demand series, numbers 21 at this time. This one was published in 1987 which is a pretty good indication that the author most certainly has staying power. More about that later...

This story takes place on a small and isolated island off of the South Carolina coast...in a small village. The setting is a books shop which specializes in mysteries. The shop is owned and operated by our heroine, Anne Lawrence and the name of the shop is "Death on Demand," thus the title for the book and series.

In this first novel, Annie becomes the key suspect for the murder of a mystery writer connected with her shop and a group of other writers who meet at her store periodically. Annie is in a mess but in solving the murder and in clearing her name, she has the help of her old and ex, filthy rich boy friend/lover/and I don't know what all. Max Darling.

Now please keep in mind that this is a first novel of a new series. I will not tell you that it is not without its problems.
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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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