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

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

by Carolyn G. Hart

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“Carolyn Hart is one of the most popular practitioners of the traditional mystery.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Return to Broward’s Rock in Laughed ’Til He Died, Carolyn Hart’s landmark 20th novel in her much loved and critically acclaimed Death on Demand mystery series. Island sleuths Annie and Max Darling must solve three related local murders in this wonderful new whodunit by the multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winner—a must for fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Lillian Jackson Braun.

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ISBN-13: 9780061453083
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: Death on Demand Series , #20
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 218,161
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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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Laughed 'Til He Died 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
BabsOK More than 1 year ago
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.
mary_kennedy More than 1 year ago
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."
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a lively book with old friends in it like Annie and Max Darling, Max's spinny mother, and a few others that have become familiar over time. Ms. Hart writes a good cozy mystery story and this book is no exception. I noticed there wasn't as many references to other mystery writers and mystery books and that is actually a positive thing because it allowed me to focus more on this story. This book focuses around the local youth shelter and a mysterious death as well as two murders. It is apparent that things have not settled down in the supposedly idyllic little town of Broward's Rock. I really enjoy these stories and this book was a nice retreat for me. I look at Ms. Hart's books as retreats from the reality of life. They're fun, cozy and the puzzles are always good ones that keep me guessing. And Annie and Max are just so likeable that it makes reading about their lives a pleasure. Thanks Ms. Hart for pure escapism.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heroine Annie Darling's husband Max takes on a new client at his not-a-detective agency "Confidential Commissions." Her name is Jean Hughes, and she's the director of the Haven, a place where youngsters can come after school and during the summer. She was hired by the board at the insistence of the wealthy Booth Wagner, board member, big donor and total creep. Now the odious Wagner wants her fired and Jean wants Max to help her keep her job.Things become more complicated when one, two, then three people associated with the Haven are murdered and Jean is the top suspect. Annie and Max are convinced that Jean is innocent and set out to prove it. They may be her only friends. Carolyn Hart has this mystery-writing thing down to a science. And, although there's a formula, it's a winning one that the author keeps fresh. I've been a fan of Annie's since she blew into Broward's Rock as a young, single heir to her bookstore, Death on Demand. That was more than two decades ago ... and through the magic of fiction, Annie -- unlike the rest of us -- has aged only a tad. Long may she live!04/25/2010
marthacheves on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Laughed `Til He Died ¿ Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, RepeatJean¿s harsh sobs brought Max¿s secretary, whose heart was as big as her beehive hairdo, to his office door. Summer-bright in a yellow tunic and white caprice, Barb looked at him questioningly. As awkward as most men in the face of feminine meltdown, Max cleared his throat. ¿How about some iced tea, Jean? Hey, Barb, bring us some of your special fruit tea and good lemon pie.¿ Jean using a handkerchief provided by Max, wiped her face, leaving purplish smudges atop puffy redness. She looked shyly at Barb when she returned. Barb placed a try with two big tumblers and two plates on the desk. ¿Goji berries and guava, my own private blend. Guaranteed to refresh. And lemon pie made this morning.¿Jean Hughes had just stepped into Max Darling¿s office at the Confidential Commissions. Jean, who is the director of a youth recreation center called the Haven, came to seek Max¿s help. One of the directors was in the process of acquiring enough votes to have her dismissed and she didn¿t want to go down without a fight. Since Max¿s specialty is in solving problems, he takes her on as a client.Annie Darling, Max¿s wife, owns a mystery bookstore called Death on Demand. At first, she¿s not comfortable with Max taking Jean as a client. But that changed with the death of a young member from the Haven and the death of one of the Haven¿s directors with Jean being the police¿s number one suspect.I¿ve read both of Carolyn Hart¿s Bailey Ruth books and loved them. I¿m patiently waiting for her to write a 3rd. This is the first of her Death on Demand books that I¿ve had a chance to read and I have to say I love it too. Carolyn Hart holds you in suspense until the end. She gives no clues throughout the book allowing you to guess at who the killer really is. In fact, she actually had me believing that the killer just might be Jean Hughes. Did Carolyn Hart lead me on a wild goose chase throughout the whole book? I¿ll never tell. Read Laughed `Til He Died and find out for yourself.Harper Collins PublishersApril, 2010ISBN 978-0-06-145309-0282 Pages
kahlan67 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy reading Carolyn Hart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great as always!!
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FreedomLady More than 1 year ago
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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Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
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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