Mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance didn't really want to go to her neighbor's Valentine Day masked ball particularly not after the voluptuous brunette made a pass at Annie's husband, Max. So when her dizzy mother-in-law, Laurel, made a surprise visit to Broward's Rock Island, Annie thought it would be a perfect excuse to skip the party. She should have known better: True to form, Laurel accepted the invitation for all three of them. But the biggest surprise of all came at the party's end, when Annie found the amorous hostess in the gazebomurdered.
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.
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Nobody on the current mystery scene does the classic Agatha Christie-style novel of detection like Carolyn G. Hart does.
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June 4, 1999Deadly ValentineCarolyn HartAnother Annie Darling mystery. She and Max have a new neighbor on the posh island, a sexy siren who has her eye on Max. The siren throws a Valentine¿s Day party, and ends up dead in her own gazebo. Lots of fairly meaty characters in the form of the Darlings¿ other neighbors ¿ the harsh military man and his fish of a wife, the loud-mouthed buffoon, etc. And of course, mother-in-law Laurel, who is actually initially arrested for the deed.
I have always looked forward to Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand books, but I really didn't like this one. The contest she always includes to have her customers guess the mystery book drawings at the bookstore is fun, but all the other many, many, many references to mystery books and writers and her personal "spirits" she wrote into this book every few pages quickly became very boring, and after a while it also became so ANNOYING that it took all pleasure out of reading the book. I did manage to finish reading it, but if her future books are going to include those annoying references, then I have bought my last book of hers.
Too much with the authors and title references. Not Ms. Hart's best book in the Death On Demand series. Earlier books in her series are a better bet.