The Christie Caper (Death on Demand Series #7)

The Christie Caper (Death on Demand Series #7)

by Carolyn G. Hart

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ISBN-13: 9780307574466
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2010
Series: A Death on Demand Mysteries , #7
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 263,483
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty-five novels of mystery and suspense including the Bailey Ruth Ghost Novels and the Death on Demand Mysteries. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She has also been honored with the Amelia Award for significant contributions to the traditional mystery from Malice Domestic and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City, where she enjoys mysteries, walking in the park, and cats. She and her husband, Phil, serve as staff—cat owners will understand—to brother and sister brown tabbies.

Read an Excerpt

1
 
Beware the false face;
Can’t trust someone in this place.
 
Great minds have great ideas. Neil Bledsoe enjoyed a very good opinion of himself, but the inspiration which had struck so abruptly was brilliant, peerless—and the answer to all his problems.
 
Where the hell was that brochure? Impatiently, he dumped the wastebasket, ignoring the cigar ashes and crumpled balls of printer paper. He found it finally and spread open the wrinkled flyer. Quality printing, quality paper. No expense spared.
 
The first panel told the story:
 
THE CHRISTIE CAPER
 
A Centennial Celebration of the birth of
 
AGATHA CHRISTIE
The greatest detective-story writer of all time
 
September 9–September 15
The Palmetto House
Broward’s Rock Island, South Carolina
 
Co-sponsored by England’s Present-Day Crime
Queen
Lady Gwendolyn Tompkins
 
and DEATH ON DEMAND Bookstore
Proprietor Annie Laurance Darling”
 
They’d all be there, all those bloody women writers and editors and agents and the damn pansy men who wrote whodunits instead of real blood-and-guts mysteries.
 
Neil leaned forward, selected a cigar from his humidor. When it was lit, he rolled the oily smoke over his tongue, savoring the pungent, masculine odor that enveloped him. Women hated cigars. So he smoked them everywhere. Especially in elevators. Inevitably, some skinny bitch complained, stabbed a red-nailed finger at the No Smoking sign. Neil took great pleasure in telling her where she could stick it. No-smoking laws were a joke. Was some asshole going to make a citizen’s arrest? Of him? He shifted his two-hundred-pound bulk until he could see his dark visage in that prissy damn mirror that Pamela’d put up. All that was left of Pamela.
 
A face to reckon with. Heavy, black brows drawn in a menacing frown. Florid, acne-scarred skin, tougher than leather. Nobody’d ever mistake him for one of those pansy writers.
And they hated him.
 
Hated him and feared him.
 
By God, he’d crash their party. He flipped through the brochure. A garden party, author panels, English dinners, a classic-car display, a Christie Treasure Hunt, a Christie Trivia Quiz, the Agatha Christie Come-as-You-Wish-You-Were Ball. He scanned the list of authors scheduled to attend. Bubbles of laughter stirred in his chest. Holy shit, it couldn’t be better. A conference filled wall-to-wall with his enemies. And if they weren’t enemies when he got there, he’d make damn sure they were before he left.
 
The registration form and hotel reservation slip were on the last panel of the brochure. Despite the cigar clamped in his teeth, his mouth split in a ferocious grin as he wrote his name in bold, black strokes.
 
Oh, Christ, was he going to raise hell.
 
 
2
 
Lucky, lovely, rich Linnet.
Luckiest girl in the world—or is she?
 
Victoria Shaw stood in front of the rural mailbox, the envelope in her hand. Her heart thudded. She’d walked up the lane too fast. Janice kept urging her to have a check-up. But what did it matter, really, how many heartbeats remained? She hadn’t cared, not since—
 
No, no, no. She wouldn’t think about it. She would not.
 
The frail hand holding the envelope trembled. If she mailed this letter, if she attended the conference, wouldn’t it reawaken not only the anguish but the poisonous fury that had corroded her spirit when Bryan died?
 
Not unless she permitted it to do so. She had learned one painful lesson these past lonely years. The mind could be controlled.
 
Not joyfully, perhaps, but effectively. Victoria had been forced to learn that lesson or go mad.
 
This conference, after all, was at least in part a tribute to Bryan’s greatness. Of course, its focus was upon Agatha Christie’s legacy to the world of the mystery, but Bryan was one of several authors of classic mysteries who were scheduled to be recognized in a retrospective for their contributions to the traditional mystery.
 
Bryan would be admired, praised. Once again his books would be talked about, valued.
 
She could hear the chug of the postman’s car, coming up the lane. Quickly, her heart pounding, Victoria yanked open the mailbox, thrust the letter inside.
 

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Christie Caper (Death on Demand Series #7) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mott55 More than 1 year ago
This book may be cute, but its bad language turns me off. After just 12 pages, I put it away. Agatha Cristie didn't sprinkle her writing with words like s$#*@. Why does this author think it is necessary? If you want someting Agatha Christie-ish, get the real thing and skip this one.
elliezann on LibraryThing 22 days ago
A fun, fast-paced story featuring Max and Annie Darling. This mystery is set at a book convention honoring the 100th birthday of Agatha Christie. An obnoxious true-crime author is almost killed several times and Max and Annie must try to prevent the murder and failure of the convention.Part of the Death on Demand series that is lively and charming.
victorianrose869 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
April 17, 1999The Christie CaperCarolyn HartTraditional light-hearted fun by C. Hart, with Annie and Max Darling. Wonderful background ¿ an Agatha Christie convention! A mystery lover¿s dream. Writers, readers, and many tidbits about the great authoress I didn¿t know. I like the push-pull between Annie and her flighty, well-meaning mother-in-law, even if Annie and Max are a little oversexed, which gets annoying. I SO hate sexual tension in books. Either do the deed outright or don¿t talk about it. I despise the hints and innuendos. It was still a fun read, though.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As author ran out of humor and got in a rut with every one more formatic and really unpleasant people the meet me alone at midnight gets her very time her other series do not appeal to me though still borrow if at library this one i have as in s c as i have every christie the humor went as mother in law got just unreal
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie is my favorite author so I loved this book. It was all about her books and life, which made it an interesting read. The characters, setting, and plot are fun. This book makes you want to finish in one sitting.
mysterykitten More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all the DOD, and this one included. Annie and Max are terrific, and love the other characters.