Laughed 'Til He Died (Death on Demand Series #20) [NOOK Book]

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Intrigue and foul play are no strangers to the idyllic South Carolina sea island of Broward's Rock. Mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling and her husband, Max, who specialize in solving problems, plunge into a startling web of danger and deceit when a trio of deaths is linked to the island's youth recreation center.

With the evidence mounting against her, the center's director seeks out Max to clear her name. When it comes to intrigue, where Max goes, Annie isn't far behind. To ...

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Laughed 'Til He Died (Death on Demand Series #20)

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Overview

Intrigue and foul play are no strangers to the idyllic South Carolina sea island of Broward's Rock. Mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling and her husband, Max, who specialize in solving problems, plunge into a startling web of danger and deceit when a trio of deaths is linked to the island's youth recreation center.

With the evidence mounting against her, the center's director seeks out Max to clear her name. When it comes to intrigue, where Max goes, Annie isn't far behind. To save an innocent woman, the pair scrambles to unravel three complex interlinked puzzles: the mystery of three guns, the pulled-out pant pockets of one victim, and the disappearance of a teenager whose stepfather always had the last laugh—until he died.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Anthony-winner Hart's lively 20th Death on Demand mystery (after 2009's Dare to Die), more than one death in Broward's Rock, S.C., engages Annie Darling and her husband, Max. First, Click Silvester, a black teenager who hung out at the Haven, a teen activity center, apparently falls to his death from a wooden viewing platform in the woods. Later, someone shoots obnoxious Haven board member Booth Wagner on stage during an outdoor evening benefit for the center. Many had motives for killing Booth, including his stepson, Tim Talbot, who feared and hated him; his wife, Neva, who's curiously unmoved by his death; his former mistress, Jean Hughes, who was terrified of being fired as the Haven's director and becomes police chief Billy Cameron's prime suspect. A group of local ladies, led by mystery writer Emma Clyde, assist Annie and Max in the hunt for the real killer. Well-developed characters and a complex, fast-moving plot make for a satisfying read. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061987793
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Death on Demand Series , #20
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 58,148
  • File size: 308 KB

Meet the Author

Carolyn Hart

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of twenty previous Death on Demand novels. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is also the creator of the Henrie O series, featuring a retired reporter, and the Bailey Ruth series, starring an impetuous, redheaded ghost. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

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    fine Darling Death on demand mystery

    On the small South Carolina barrier island of Broward's Rock lives Max and Annie Darling. Annie owns the mystery bookstore Death on Demand while Max runs an inquiry agency Confidential Commissions.

    Jean Hughes, director of Haven, a youth recreation center, is not having her contract renewed due to the lobbying of her former lover affluent and influential businessman Booth Wagner. Jean asks Max to help her keep her job because her sister is dying and they want to stay here. However, Booth succeeds in forcing Jean to give up her position. On the night she is to announce her resignation, someone kills Booth. The evidence mounts that Jean killed her ex lover, but both Darlings think otherwise as they believe Jean would never risk anything at that this time due to her beloved sibling's failing health as separation is unacceptable. Max and Annie learn that Booth made a myriad of enemies that include his family and ex wife. However, pressure on Max mounts when Annie and Booth's heir end up in the crosshairs of a killer.

    The Darling Death on demand mysteries are always a special treat because the investigation seems genuine with a plenty of suspects and the loving relationship between Max and Annie enriches the whodunit story lines. Carolyn Hart's latest cozy is filled with strong characterizations including a killer in plain sight, but readers will find it almost impossible to determine who that person is even with clues also in plain sight. Carolyn Hart provides another Darling regional mystery.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Having met Carolyn Hart, I have anxiously awaitedevery new book. She never dissapoints me and I love her style of writiing. Very easy to read

    CArolynh Hart's books are my favorite mystery books and I read a lot of mysteries. They are fun, easy to read, and pure entertainment. I recommend them to all mystery fans, especially women.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    THIS SERIES IS A CLASSIC!

    Mystery fans will be thrilled with this latest installment in the phenomenally successful DEATH on DEMAND series from Carolyn Hart. Returning to Broward's Rock--a South Carolina sea island that provides the setting for the novel--feels like coming home. Annie is still running her mystery bookstore while her husband Mas runs an inquiry agency called Confidential Commissions. Murder shatters this idyllic setting and both Annie and Max spring into action to find the culprit. Along with local mystery writer Emma Clyde, they cast a wide net and the suspects emerge one by one. The plot, as always, is intricate and compelling. Carolyn Hart has a magical way of drawing out the suspense, dropping just enough clues to keep the reader guessing while she moves the action along at a breathless pace. It's easy to see why she's called "The American Agatha Christie."

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    Great as always!!

    Great as always!!

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Another good one from Carolyn Hart

    As a fellow Okie, I am so proud that her books are such a success! Love to read her mysteries! Especially "Death on Demand".

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    An enjoyable series!

    This book started a little slow but stick with it - it gets better!

    I would recommend this entire series to those that enjoy cozy mysteries.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Very Good!

    As usual Carolyn Hart has come up with a good story. Her books always make for good reading. A must have!

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