Design for Murder (Death on Demand Series #2)

Design for Murder (Death on Demand Series #2)

by Carolyn G. Hart

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Overview

The show must go on . . . 

When mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance is invited to stage a Mystery Night for the annual antebellum house tour of the Historical Preservation Society of Chastain, South Carolina, she instead finds herself the leading lady in a flesh-and-blood drama. The play's the thing wherein the curtain falls on mean-spirited grande dame Corinne Webster. While jeweled fingers point, accusing Annie of murder, the perpetrator lurks within the genteel cast of Murder-Most-Make-Believe . . . and the murder weapon is one of the props.

In the tight-laced society of Chastain, Annie is guilty until proven innocent. With her fiance, Max Darling, Annie pieces together evidence to clear her name—until her chief witness is murdered. Now it will take all her sleuthing skills to discover the evil in the heart of Chastain's Beautiful People.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553265620
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1988
Series: Death on Demand Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 452,107
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.72(d)

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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Design for Murder (Death on Demand Series #2) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love the book.......however last 5 pages failed to come up.BUMMER!!!!!
FreedomLady More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Carolyn Hart's books. They are fun to read and are quick reads as well! Love anything to do with mysteries and this lady tells a good story!
ClifSven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As often happens, this second in the Death on Demand series does not live up to the first in the series.
victorianrose869 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
February 19, 2000Design for MurderCarolyn HartBook #2 in the ¿Death on Demand¿ series. This one doesn¿t center around the bookstore.Annie¿s been asked to stage a ¿Mystery Night¿ for the annual antebellum house tour of the Historical Preservation Society of Chastain, South Carolina¿ (why is there one of these in every cozy mystery series? The protagonist-planning-a-mystery-night-thing? Not that I¿m complaining!).The person who asks her to do it does so reluctantly, and with considerable distaste ¿ she thinks the whole thing is supremely tacky, but the other members of the HP Society outvoted her. Corinne Webster is a bona fide snob, and everyone hates her - including her husband, who¿s having an affair with a much younger local schoolteacher. Of course, right before the Mystery Night is to begin, Corinne is found murdered down by the pond, having been done in by one of the Mystery Night props, no less. Again, Annie is one of the main suspects (this could get a little old, but it¿s a common thread in this series), so she and Max have to piece it all together.Carolyn Hart has been referred to as ¿the American Agatha Christie¿, but I don¿t see it. That¿s not a negative statement. I like Christie, but Hart¿s style is completely, utterly different. The characters are warmer and more fleshed out, the stories light and very modern ¿ not dry and acerbic like Christie. Totally different. Hart also doesn¿t use anything similar to Christie¿s complex machinations ¿ it¿s all pretty upfront and uncomplicated.
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Way too long.
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