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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (Oct. 7 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380793261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380793266
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.7 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #761,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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One of the surest ways to ward people off from a book or movie is to spoil the whole plot for them, and I came dangerously close to revealing who shot the corrupt, domineering General Bud Hatch in Yankee Doodle Dead in the first sentence of this review. I eventually decided against doing so (the solution to no mystery should be spoiled, I suppose, no matter how bad the book), but the fact that I contemplated using such drastic measures should scream a definite message - _stay away!_ Yankee Doodle Dead is irredeemable in so many ways that it traverses all individual boundaries of what constitutes badness - the pacing is horrible; the bulk of the supporting characters is ill-defined and indistinguishable; the story of the motives behind the murder, which could've been intriguing and moving in the hands of another author, jumps out of nowhere in the last fifteen pages and is hardly developed at all; and the protagonist, nympho bimbo Annie Darling, precious, incapable of taking anything seriously, and at turns passive-aggressive and bullyingly imperious, is the most distasteful character I've encountered in the mystery realm. (Her buffoonish slacker husband, Max, isn't much better.)
It got to the point where I became nigh-completely detached from the story's events and could only ask myself annoyed questions - Why would a community celebrate America's Independence Day with the work of Shakespeare, an English poet? Why are career military people always depicted in mysteries as either irrational control-freak tyrants or messed-up head cases? How could a newcomer - a _Yankee_ newcomer - to such a tightly-knit Southern community gain such ungodly power in such short time?
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I enjoy Carolyn Hart's mysteries, but Laurel is getting very annoying and boring. I enjoy the references to other mystery writers and the rest of her characters are usually well-written. One other minor complaint, please stop the cutesy pie allusions to Annie and her hubby when they're about to "get intimate." Puhleeze, it's just too juvenile for words.
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By A Customer on Jan. 3 2000
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I buy the Annie and Max books, but I skip over the interminable book lists the author includes every few pages. If she wants to recommend other mysteries, how about putting the lists at the end, when they don't distract from the book. If she is just padding the word count, tsk tsk.
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By A Customer on Nov. 28 1999
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Although I generally greatly enjoy Hart's books, I was disappointed in this one. If fact, I put it down to read something else and almost forgot to return to it. The story was mildly interesting, however, there were several different "mini-plots" that detracted from the whole. The story never got moving and there was no sense of suspense. To be honest, I was irritated by the ending, not satisfied as I usually am. And PLEASE, get rid of Laurel! She has to be the most obnoxious character I've ever read about. A little (very little!) of Laurel goes a long way. Also, Max has turned into a mindless playboy who reminds me of a big St. Bernard with Annie as his trainer. The earlier Death on Demand mysteries were far superior. I am hoping to have more like those to read soon. And no, adding a pregnancy will not help this series.
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The depiction of the general was so ridiculous that I skipped almost everything he had to say. I've met my share of general and senior officers and haven't ever found one who is so absolutely chauvinistic, shallow, and unprofessional. I wanted to kill the SOB about ten pages in. It took me two tries to actually read the book. I was disappointed in many ways with this book. The multitudnous synonyms for "to go" and "to walk" are indicative of the predictable sentence structure. To give Hart credit,it did take me a while to figure out who the murderer was. However, this was definitely a low point in the series. Maybe it's time to wrap this one up if the plots and writing are as predictably boring and excruciating as in this volume.
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