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4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Spending Time With These Characters, June 6, 2012
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This review is from: Death Comes Silently (Death on Demand Mysteries Series Book 22) (Kindle Edition)
Hart's mysteries are very well done and, in the most positive way when it comes to murder, fun to try to solve along with the main characters. "Death Comes Silently" is no exception. When Gretchen Burkholt, who agreed to sub for Annie Darling at Better Tomorrow, a charity shop for which both women volunteer, is murdered during her shift, Annie feels very guilty. Not only should it have been Annie who was working that day, but also, she shut Gretchen off when the nervous volunteer phoned her from the store. To make matters more complex, the man accused of the murder is nowhere to be found, and Annie is reluctant to believe he is guilty. Then there is the note that Gretchen discovered in the pocket of a recently deceased resident. The note has disappeared... This is the makings of an enjoyable mystery with great amateur sleuths.

I like Carolyn Hart's Annie and Max Darling mysteries because they are so comforting. Annie and Max are a charming couple, who love each other. Max is rich, but nice. Annie owns Death on Demand, a mystery bookstore -- something I've dreamed of doing -- in Broward's Rock where the weather is usually pretty acceptable. The recurring characters -- Billy Cameron (police chief), Laurel (Max's beautiful, spacey mother), Emma Clyde (egotistical mystery novelist), and Henny Brawley (mystery novel aficionado) -- are familiar and endearing even with all of their quirks. I love spending time with the characters in this setting.

As an added bonus, Hart always incorporates the names of other mystery novelists and books into her works so that I often discover new authors I like during the read. I've never guessed one, but I also try to figure out which novel is depicted in the paintings used in a monthly contest held by Death on Demand.

A fun series.

Four stars.
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