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Design for Murder [Mass Market Paperback]

Carolyn G. Hart
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Jan. 1 1988 Death on Demand Mysteries
Annie is asked to stage a murder for the annual spring house tour sponsored by the Historical Society of Chastain, South Carolina. Her only problem is deciding which fictional murder to stage--until a corpse turns up in the town pond. The second Annie Laurance/Max Darling novel. Original.

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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so book in a series for lovers of mystery novels April 16 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read several books of the Annie and Max series and generally enjoy them immensely. I'm trying to fill the gaps in order. I'm glad I'd read several other books in this series first otherwise, I'd probably not read anymore.
Basically, Design for Murder, is too designed. The blueprint is laidout entirely too clearly to be entertaining. I know the classic cozy has a list of suspects but it felt like that list was repeated over and over and over again in this book. I second the reviewer who commented that it was hard to care who murdered the victim. Indeed, I was simply annoyed that it took about half of the book to knock the obnoxious woman off.
As for the "name-dropping", that is precisely the signature of this series. This is a series for mystery addicts to enjoy all of the references to writers and characters. I get about half of them and there's always a little sense of being "in the club" when I know what she's talking about. However, this is also the reason I haven't passed these books on to my husband. All the references to Poirot and Wimsey and the like wouldn't mean a thing to him.
Bottom-line: Not the best book in an otherwise good series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment after "Death on Demand" May 18 2000
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I read "Death on Demand" (the first of this series) and absolutely loved it. Then I read this book, the second in the series, and it left me flat. I literally didn't care who killed the victim. After thinking about why this book left me bored, I think part of it was that it was not set on Broward's Island, it was set in a town called Chastain, South Carolina. So Annie and Max were taken out of their "element." Another thing that left me puzzled was that after I read "Death on Demand" I was eager to see how Max finally won Annie over, but we never get to see that, because it is clear right from the beginning of this book that they are engaged. I just wish I knew what happened between "Death on Demand" and "Design for Murder" to cause Annie to make up her mind.
However, Max and Annie are charming as usual in this book and I do intend to continue reading the rest of this series. Unlike the other reviewer, I LOVED the literary name-dropping, it has really made me add a lot of great mystery authors to my reading list I otherwise might not have heard of.
In summary, I still will be a Carolyn Hart fan, although I felt I could have skipped this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Annie plans a mystery night May 25 2002
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Annie Laurance, proprietor of the book store Murder on Demand, is delighted to be asked to put on a mystery night as part of a celebration of the history of Chastain, South Carolina. She is not so pleased at the prospect when she meets Corinne Webster who is in charge of the event. Corinne is a rude and arrogant person who has made enemies of half of the town. It is not surprising, when Corinne is found dead, that there is no shortage of suspects. Unfortunately, the police chief focuses in on Annie as his main suspect and seems unwilling to look any further. As a result, Annie and her fiance, Max Darling, have extra motivation to solve this murder. Annie puts herself in danger by exposing the murderer and the ending is bittersweet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Literary Namedropping Nov. 7 1999
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Loving light mysteries with women sleuths, I recently purchased the Death on Demand series by Carolyn G Hart. While I enjoy the characters of Annie and Max and the other townspeople, I find the constant reference to other authors/books annoying and unnecessary. I realize that a book store owner would be knowledgable about several books and authors, but I feel that their constant mentioning is distractful. Otherwise, I enjoy Ms Hart's efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of the South Oct. 24 2003
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Carolyn Hart write wonderful stories set in the South. I always like the way Annie name drops about detective fiction at the start and the beginning or each story, but rarely in the middle. I always wonder if the author does this on purpose or is just the way story develops. This is a find follow-up to Death On Demand, although there are parts that are overly predictable and
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