Dead, White, and Blue (Death on Demand Series #23)

Dead, White, and Blue (Death on Demand Series #23)

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by Carolyn G. Hart
     
 

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Summer is a hectic time of the year for Annie Darling. Sun and scorching temperatures never fail to bring swarms of tourists to her mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, for the latest beach reads. But Annie still finds time to enjoy herself. The Broward’s Rock Fourth of July dance is just around the corner, and the island is buzzing with excitement—Shell

Overview

Summer is a hectic time of the year for Annie Darling. Sun and scorching temperatures never fail to bring swarms of tourists to her mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, for the latest beach reads. But Annie still finds time to enjoy herself. The Broward’s Rock Fourth of July dance is just around the corner, and the island is buzzing with excitement—Shell Hurst included...

Shell is the kind of woman wives hate—for good reason—and most of them wish she would just disappear. But when she does, and a teenage girl is the only one who seems to notice, Annie can’t help but feel like someone should be looking for her. Last seen walking into the pine trees at the Fourth of July fireworks display, Shell has seemingly vanished without a trace.

The residents of Broward’s Rock grow uneasy when a second islander mysteriously disappears. Annie and her husband, Max, know something dangerous is brewing. They soon find themselves following a twisted trail marked by blackmail, betrayal, and adultery, winding from the corridors of the island’s lovely inn to a pier lashed by pelting rain, to a gathering on the terrace of a country club where a trap is set for a calculating killer…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Anthony-winner Hart’s assured 23rd Death on Demand mystery (after 2012’s Death Comes Silently) finds Annie Darling, proprietor of the “most successful mystery bookstore north of Delray Beach,” dealing with the summer tourist crush at her store on the South Carolina island of Broward’s Rock. In a break from business, Annie attends the local country club’s Fourth of July dance, where Shell Hurst, the unpopular trophy wife of much older Wesley Hurst, puts in an appearance, then disappears on her way through the woods to watch the fireworks. When a club waiter later drowns under suspicious circumstances, Annie and her husband, Max (“Joe Hardy all grown up and sexy as hell”), search for evidence linking the two events. The leisurely plot takes several unexpected turns, and a number of suspects remain in play until the final revelation. Series fans won’t mind that Annie, Max, and the recurring secondary characters haven’t undergone much change over 20-plus years. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman-Schneider Agency. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
A sexy homewrecker gets hers. Despite the blistering temperatures and the glut of tourists, mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling and her problem-solving spouse, Max, are enjoying summer on Broward's Rock, S.C. The Fourth of July dance at the country club is an event to remember, not just for the fireworks in the sky, but also for the scenes caused by Shell Hurst. A beautiful Hollywood starlet who broke up wealthy Wesley Hurst's first marriage to Vera, she stirs up trouble at the dance, then vanishes from the scene in her green Porsche. Only her stepdaughter is concerned that she's disappeared. When she asks Max for help, he's reluctant to get involved, but a few discreet questions are enough to indicate that no one's seen Shell since she walked away from the dance. There are certainly plenty of suspects, since Shell was having an affair with at least one of the island residents, and Wesley wants a divorce so he can remarry Vera. Annie's mother-in-law and her two mystery-solving friends are out of town but keep after Annie and Max to find the body. Before they succeed, another corpse turns up when a waiter from the club is found drowned. Even after the duo finally puzzle out where Shell's body is, they still have a long way to go to pin down a calculating killer. Annie and Max (Death Comes Silently, 2012, etc.) tackle multiple suspects and clues reminiscent of the classic mysteries offered at their bookstore. Their fans will enjoy rooting among the suspects in preparation for a denouement straight out of Agatha Christie.
From the Publisher
“A beautifully constructed mystery.”—Connecticut Post
 
“A highly satisfying read that builds to a stunning climax.”—Mystery Scene Magazine
 
“Annie and Max...tackle multiple suspects and clues reminiscent of the classic mysteries offered at their bookstore. Their fans will enjoy rooting among the suspects in preparation for a denouement straight out of Agatha Christie.” —Kirkus Reviews
Library Journal
Tourists aren't supposed to just disappear during the Fourth of July celebrations, but a well-known visitor does. When a second person vanishes soon after, Annie Darling's radar goes up. This is the 23rd entry (after Death Comes Silently) of a standard-bearer series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425260777
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Death on Demand Series , #23
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

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Praise for Carolyn Hart:

“Carolyn Hart’s work is both utterly reliable and utterly unpredictable.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“One of the most popular practitioners of the traditional mystery.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The Annie Darling books are masterpieces of construction and characterization, with a perfect balance between a puzzle mystery that keeps a reader happily turning pages and well-drawn characters that are as full of surprises as the people in our own lives.” —Connecticut Post

“Hart’s latest cozy puzzler casts a net that will ensnare a wide audience.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Well-developed characters and a complex, fast-moving plot make for a satisfying read.” —Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of twenty-two previous Death on Demand Mysteries. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma. 

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Dead, White, and Blue (Death on Demand Series #23) 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 11 reviews.
mary_kennedy More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this series 23 books ago! I was captivated by Annie and Max Darling and the serene setting of Broward's Rock. The latest release includes all the characters we've come to love and a marvelous plot that kept me guessing right up until the very end. This is one of my all time favorite series and I hope it goes on forever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Annie and Max book I couldn't put down!  Buy this book at your earliest opportunity-you will love the characters, the plot, the descriptions and most of all the  pacing of the latest addition to a great series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the Annie and Max series. Another wonderful book from a wonderful author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and this one is no exception. I love the characters and the setting and have come to feel that these people are friends. It is worth the time to read and get acquainted with all kinds of mystery books and authors.
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Hart's 23rd book in the Death on Demand series, Dead, White and Blue has shades of Agatha Christie running through it, as well as, as old fashioned game of Clue. Annie Darling and her husband Max are investigating a couple of disappearances in Broward's Rock and there are definitely some fireworks. Long times readers of the series will marvel at Hart's ability to keep the series fresh and original, while new fans will line up to read the other 22 books in this long lived series. A great addition to the series! What I liked: Carolyn Hart is a master at devising new and entertaining plots for her Death on Demand series. Every book has a central theme that Hart works from and Dead, White and Blue is no different. Hart works not from a murder, but a disappearance angle with this book, which was an interesting plot device, and one she hasn't used before with the series. I think readers continue to flock to Hart's books because they are tied together but still provide an original plot every time.  Adultry seems to be on the dance card at the Broward's Rock 4th of July Dance. Shell Hurst is a bit notorious in town and wives have to keep close tabs on their husbands when she is around. When she abruptly disappears during the dance, several people are glad to see her go. But it's up to Annie and Max to find out what really happened in Dead, White and Blue. I liked the theme for this one. There are tons of suspects and a plethora of motives. Hart pulls out all the stops to explain what could have happened to Shell and to the waiter who saw her walk away that night. I think readers will have a difficult time trying to pin down the killer. It's one of the things that make the Death on Demand books so good, they are not at all predictable. Was it Miss Scarlett in the Lounge with the knife? The ending for this one reminds me a good old fashioned game of clue. Where Annie and Max think they know whodunit, but they can't prove it without drawing out the killer. I love the fact that Hart stays true to her writing roots and continues to write her stories with a flair for Agatha Christie. Her writing is similar to one of the greats in mystery writing and the ending in Dead, White and Blue is exactly how Christie would done it. Get them all together and force a confession. Miss Marple or Hercule Perot would have been proud. It was perfect! What I didn't like: Not much to talk about here, since this is one of good ones. Hart has a knack for writing great old school mysteries that draw the reader in and won't let go. I loved it. Bottom Line: If you love Agatha Christie, Carolyn Hart is the writer for you. This a great addition to the Death on Demand series which I for one, hope continues until there are a hundred titles. It's just that good. You'll be missing out if you don't give this one a close examination!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Dead, White and Blue is the 23rd book in the A death On Demand Bookstore Mystery series. I had a hard time getting started on this one, but once I understood the relationship between Wesley Hurst, Vera Hurst and Shell Hurst, I was able to really get going with the book. Hart, once again, provides the reader with a relaxing story and a wonderful cast of characters from Broward Rock. Annie and Max are looking forward to annual Fourth of July dance and fireworks after. At the dance, Shell Hurst, who hasn't met a man she doesn't love, is fashionably late to the dance, has words with her husband and visibly upsets some a couple other dance partners. Five days later, Hayley Hurst, comes to Max's office and ask for him to look for her step mother. Max is hesitant, but it soon becomes apparent that she has in fact gone missing. When her Porsche and her dead body are found in a pond on the country club's golf course, Annie and Max get serious about looking into her disappearance. And Hayley's brother seems to be the prime suspect. There many suspects to consider, other than the step-son and finally Annie and Max stage a recreation to put the finger on the murderer. As is Hart's norm, Death on Demand holds there monthly" name the book" contest. Always a treat to read the next book in the series.
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