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Yankee Doodle Dead (Death on Demand Mysteries, No. 10) Audio, Cassette – April 19, 2000

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Unless you find the idea of a woman who runs a mystery book store as an amateur crime solver just too cute for comfort, you'll have some fun with Carolyn G. Hart's latest cozy yarn about Annie and Max Darling, the Nick and Nora Charles of the South Carolina island resort town called Broward's Rock. Annie, of course, still keeps her Death on Demand book shop, matching wits with customers about unlikely murder methods from classic mysteries while serving them iced café lattes to ward off the summer heat. Max, the most underemployed private detective of recent memory (he doesn't seem to have had a paying client since 1995), is still as charming and sexy (to Annie, that is) as ever--although his annoying mother, Laurel, has become positively dangerous. But Laurel is only one of a veritable Orient Express-load of possible suspects when an obnoxious ex-military man is shot to death at the Broward's Rock Fourth of July Festival. The racist, sexist, antigay Bud Hatch could have been killed by any of his several enemies. It's up to Annie and Max to clear Laurel and various other friends of suspicion, and Hart certainly knows how to keep a familiar story from becoming too obvious. Other Death on Demand tales in paperback: The Christie Caper, Deadly Valentine, Death on Demand, Design for Murder, Honeymoon With Murder, A Little Class on Murder, Mint Julep Murder, Something Wicked, Southern Ghost. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This ninth in the Death on Demand series (after Mint Julep Murder, 1995) finds mystery-bookstore owner Annie Darling in top form: polite, considerate, cheerful and relentlessly investigative. Retired Brigadier General Charlton "Bud" Hatch is a newcomer to the tiny resort community of Broward's Rock, S.C., where his arrogance, power and extreme right-wing views have quickly antagonized many of the genteel yet clannish residents. When Hatch is shot to death at the island's annual Fourth of July festival, Annie and her relaxed but shrewd husband, Max, utilize their connections and gentle diplomacy to interview some of the many idiosyncratic natives who loathed the general. Was he murdered by a cuckolded husband? What about the young, sweet do-gooder whom Hatch had terrified? Or the gay library director whose job had been threatened by the moralistic library trustee? Annie and Max tap into the best source of information anywhere?rampant gossip?and, aided by society doyenne Miss Dora, find out more than they want to know. Might Max's flaky and much-married mother be another suspect? Rich in Southern atmosphere (lots of live oak, Spanish moss and the ever-present smell of the salt marsh), populated by a diverse and engaging cast, including the fallible, endearing leads, and following a deftly constructed plot line, this tale is charming?and gripping.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc. (April 19, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0736650792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736650793
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,256,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 13, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I, too, am a mystery buff, and I have read Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series from the very first book she published. The series started out wonderfully. The characters of Annie and Max, Henny Brawley, and even Miss Dora are entertaining, and the books are very well written. I like the references to other mysteries for two reasons: they remind me of other satisfying plots I have read, and they give me information about books that might interest me in the future. The only negative thing I can say about the series (this book included) is that the character of Laurel, Max's mother, is annoying and disruptive to the stories. She doesn't actually come into the series until the third book, so the first two (Death on Demand and Design for Murder) are as close to absolute perfection as you could get in a mystery. If you can stomach Laurel, the rest of the books have pretty good plots. I keep hoping the author will come up with a really good way to kill off Laurel and let Annie nab her murderer. Now THAT would be satisfying.
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Bud Hatch, Brig. Gen. (Ret.), is one of those people who makes more enemies than any reasonable person really needs. He's on the Board of Directors for the Broward's Rock Library, and trying to get two of the staff fired--and they know it. He's cheating on his wife--and both she and the other woman's husband know it. He hates gays--and one of the best-known ones on the island is both a Vietnam vet and the significant other of one of the would-be layoffs. He's a male chauvinist hog--and the highly respected local Grand Dame who's the driving force behind the up-and-coming fourth-of-July library fundraiser is determined to feature the "Gallant Women of South Carolina." He's trying to initiate radical changes in the focus of the local boys' club. Annie Laurence Darling's long-time chum and partner-in-community-service, senior citizen Henny Brawley, has even told Annie that she "could kill that man." But when an ornamental urn falls off the roof of the library and narrowly misses him--and someone breaks into his locker and rifles it--things get serious, as Hatch accuses Samuel Kinnard, youngest son of a well-respected local black family. Samuel promptly goes underground, and his father asks Annie's husband Max to find him. Which Max does--just in time for Samuel to be discovered holding a gun minutes after someone shoots Hatch.

With a super-sufficiency of possible suspects (it's almost more a case of "Who *didn't* hate the victim?" than of who did), plus the eccentric antics of Annie's mother-in-law Laurel (who probably isn't a likely suspect), the steam-bath weather of the island in summer, and a surprise legal twist, this is one of the best yet of the Death on Demand mysteries, featuring mystery-bookstore owner Annie as amateur sleuth.
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In many ways *Yankee Doodle Dead* is rather like the paperback mysteries that Annie Laurance Darling praises in chapter one and it's obvious that's intended. This book kept me up until my eyes refused to stay open any longer and I made sure to finish it during breakfast, even though it meant I had to scramble to get to work. The references to other mystery books and authors were fun when I recognized them and gave me some idea what the other fictional detectives were like when I didn't. The reason for Edith Wentworth's non-stop lifestyle came as no surprise when it was revealed, because it's similar to one of Leslie Ford's classic Grace Latham-Colonel Primrose mysteries. (Given the the emphasis Patricia Wentworth of Miss Silver fame placed on honorable conduct, the choice of surname for Jonathan and Edith was quite appropriate.) General (Retired) Bud Hatch raised my hackles from his first appearance. I didn't care how many men (including Max)thought he could be a great/good guy. As the book progressed, I knew he wasn't. I'm a DAC(Department of the Army Civilian), as was my mother. I received my certificate and pin for 20 years' service last year. My father was Air Force, so I'm a former military brat, too. I can assure the reader who is unfamiliar with our military that Hatch is no caricature. I find the premise of the Dark Deed that led to the General's death chillingly plausible. Even though I cannot condone Hatch's murder, I understand why his killer shot him. Got a good chuckle out of the way that our modern gallant women of South Carolina foiled Hatch's plot to make sure that the Fourth of July festival honored only patriotic men.Read more ›
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I read this type of book for pure simple entertainment. I don't have to think. Usually they do what I want them to do...relieve stress however, one line in this book is such a glaring mistake I felt compelled to write. Toward the end a "person of interest" is in a rented boat and missing in the middle of a storm and the author has the police chief say " I've contacted the Coast Guard. They'll be out at first light...." Now having been in the Coast Guard, that line is pure BS. Before the days of political correctness the unspoken motto of SAR unit was "You have to go, you necessarily don't have to come back". If a person is overdue in a boat, no matter what the conditions, the Coast Guard is going out! The storm that the movie "The Perfect Storm" was about, Coast Guard SAR units were out in that (I being one on the Harriet Lane) and the seas in that storm were anywheres between 35 to 90 feet! So, going out at "first light" was and is NOT an option!
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