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Death on Demand Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1987

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline (Jan. 1 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055326351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553263510
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
“<b>Death On Demand</b>” is a store, series, and introductory book. Wonderful detail is built into the foreground, background, and characters; whom I know will turn me into a fan. My first foray produced fewer stars, mostly due to what I dub ‘first volume blues’. Authors need to fiddle a while to make pieces fit, lay the scene out for us, and explain a bunch of personal history. A good series will bring more excitement with succeeding titles and that’s what higher feedback is for.

One fly in the ointment was euthanasia. It’s against my beliefs, the most uncomfortable subject for me. Although that act didn’t occur, a killing fluid was discussed in conjunction with the mystery. Enjoyment was impossible at those points, a detail I prefer never hearing of. That’s a fluke and it will have no bearing on any more novels, which I expect to devour. I collected most of them over several years. The things I love immediately include the most memorable fictional bookshop to date. As a crime site examined with a fine tooth comb, I picture the layout exceptionally well. The food station, organization, cups bearing famous mystery titles, the bird in the entrance, and of course the kitty. The location: a South Carolina island and tree houses, evoke a vivid landscape that seems surreal and beautifully calm at the same time.

The sheriff’s animosity is abnormal but everything else about the mystery and antagonistic victim come together extremely well. There’s a breathless feel to its resolution, with befuddlement over a peculiar cast of closed-in characters. I love the focused interviews at each home. The atmosphere of earliest computer ownership was fun to recall. The loving childhood with <i>Annie’s</i> uncle creates a warm history and I like our heroine. <b>Carolyn G. Hart</b> has lured me, unquestionably.
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Ireally enjoyed this book. I loved when I saw all the names of different mystery writers whose stories I have read in the past. Her characters were real and funny. The first book I read by Carolyn Hart was Death Walked In. Lots of references were made to past crimes solved by Max and Annie and I am anxious to read them. That is why I bought this book, so I could start from before they were married. I love mysteries that are entertaining and I was hoping this would be one of them. When I buy a mystery novel I hope it's one that I can't put down. This was one! Will buy more by this author. She's a great writer!
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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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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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"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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