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Death Comes Silently (Death On Demand #22)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  646 ratings  ·  114 reviews
National Bestselling Author and winner of multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, Carolyn Hart continues to dazzle mystery fans with an all new Death on Demand Mystery.

Winter has arrived in Broward's Rock, South Carolina, and business has slowed for Annie Darling, owner of mystery bookstore Death on Demand. So when the island's resident writer publishes the latest
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Berkley Hardcover (first published January 1st 2012)
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Olga Godim
A solid murder mystery, this novel didn’t make much of an impression. It was a nice read while it lasted, it kept me interested until the end, and the tension rose steadily, but the characters were all forgettable and pretty much interchangeable.
It’s the #22 in the series, and I didn’t read the previous installments. Maybe that’s why the characters felt so wooden, without substance, like marionettes playing their roles. Each of them spoke with the same universal voice – that of the puppeteer’s.
Annie should have been volunteering at the Hand Up/Goodwill type store when her replacement was murdered. She and Henny, who must be about 70 or 80 by now, feel responsible and launch an investigation when the police chief won't.

Like all cozy mysteries on the 20+ book, the reader does have to suspend all conscience thought about the number of murders occurring on this island off South Carolina. The mystery was interesting enough to keep me involved, but are Annie and Max ever going to evolve as
Martha Cheves
Death Comes Silently - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

Annie was struck by the weariness evident in his broad face. He was Billy, big, brawny, and muscular, but Billy without his customary equanimity. Tight lines marked the corners of his eyes, bracketed his generous mouth. Instead of a jacket and slacks or a suit, his usual dress for work, he wore a navy pullover and jeans. His blue eyes had a lost look. "I know you support
I had forgotten about this annoying series. I made it to page 14 and was then confronted with this passage:

"Max loved his Maserati, but he didn't drive the powerful and swift car because it was expensive. He savored the power and elegance of the ultimate driving machine. Annie was willing to spot everyone an indulgence. The Maserati was Max's. Hers? She possessed an original perfect first-edition-complete with color plate illustrations- of The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart Certainly
Robin Webb
I've read nearly all the Death on Demand series and they are very good! Sometimes Annie's Pollyanna-ish outlook irritates me and I think Carolyn Hart dwells too much on Max's being charged with murder (of course Annie and her posse got it straightened out) a few books back. But all-in-all a good read! And Annie (a mystery bookstore owner) is always mentioning different authors which gives me new ideas to read! And Annie hates "House" and so do I so there you go!!!
I've read all the Death on Demand mysteries. This was my least favorite. I've grown weary of Max and his life of leisure. Too much of this plot and its characters were just not realistic. I'll give the next one a chance and then perhaps I'm off to greener pastures.
I'm not crazy about the way that Hart begins her novels with introducing vignettes of characters that will make their appearance on the scene of the crime. That said, I usually spin through them quickly because I know I can go back and see what she said at a later time. It is tiresome, but so is the reference to all the mystery writers. I've often wondered if she reads that widely or if she getting weary of what she began for herself and for Annie Darling.

However, as much as I could do without t
Another great book in the Death on Demand series. All have been quite entertaining.

Winter has arrived in Broward's Rock, South Carolina, and business has slowed for Annie Darling, owner of mystery bookstore Death on Demand. So when the island's resident writer publishes the latest in her popular mystery series, Annie jumps at the chance to host a book signing, even though it conflicts with her shift at the local charity shop, Better Tomorrow.

Luckily, fellow volunteer Gretchen Burkholt agrees to
Gloria Feit
This marks the twenty-first novel in the Death on Demand series featuring the mystery bookstore owner, Annie Darling, and her husband, Max, who runs Confidential Commissions, through which he offers “counsel to people in trouble.” There is, of course, a death early on, a seemingly accidental drowning of Everett Hathaway, who was, strangely [it being early January], kayaking before somehow tipping out into the water and suffering hypothermia before drowning. Very soon thereafter there is another ...more
Annie Darling is the owner of a mystery bookstore in Broward’s Rock, South Carolina. Gretchen Burkholt, an overdramatic volunteer at Better Tomorrow charity shop, telephones fellow volunteer Annie Darling and begs for help. Gretchen is afraid of Jeremy, another volunteer and ex-con. When she calls Annie, she tells her she has information about the recent accidental drowning of one of the town’s wealthiest men. By the time Annie can get to the shop, Gretchen is dead – an obvious victim of murder. ...more
Judy Alter
Annie and Max Darling just keep getting better. The murder of a volunteer at the local charity shop drags Annie deep into a murder investigation. The volunteer was subbing for Annie so she could host a signing for Emma Clyde's latest mystery, and Annie realizes only too well that she could have been the victim. Blame centers on the charity shop handyman, sort of an outcast on the island anyway but Annie is convinced of his innocence. Annie begins to link the crime to the earlier death of a local ...more
A new Death on Demand mystery is always a treat, and this was no exception. A woman is murdered at a local charity, and all evidence points to a robbery by an ex-convict that was working at the charity, who has disappeared. However, Annie Darling, who was supposed to be working at the charity that day, but had switched shifts due to a book event at her mystery bookstore, had received some voicemails from the victim that indicated that she had found some evidence that a recent accidental death wa ...more
Shirley Schwartz
For any who like the cozy mystery genre, Ms. Hart's "Death on Demand" mystery series cannot be beat. This is the 22 book in the series, but this book can both be enjoyed by those long-term readers like me, or by someone who is new to the series. But i wil warn newbies that you will want to read the other 21 when you read this one. Annie and Max Darling are a delight-two young marrieds, both with a taste and an aptitude for solving mysteries. The setting is wonderful too. A small island off the N ...more
Murder on browards rock is running rampant with several deaths and accidental ones. Max and Annie get involved when a woman is killed and a suspect has fled. Henny Brawley is convinced of his innocence and with the help of the darlings try to prove it. They work hard but their work causes some problems for Billy Cameron and Henny. In the end justice prevails. This was one of the better death on demands as I had no clue who did it til Annie did. loved this cozy mystery
Advertising executive Everett Hathaway has died from hypothermia after falling out of an overturned kayak in January. Then Annie gets a call from Gretchen Burkholt at Better Tomorrow. She had found a card in the pocket the jacket Everett wore his last day. The card intimated a scandal, and Gretchen has called Hathaway house to leave a message that she has it. Annie rushes to Better Tomorrow to, find Gretchen murdered. The obvious culprit is young Jeremiah Young, who works at Better Tomorrow and ...more
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. I usually stop reading series long before #22, can't believe I still read 'em. Part of the fun is finding new mystery authors that are mentioned throughout the book. Thanks to Carolyn Hart I was reading Charlene Harris a number of years prior to the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, but I digress. This book takes places off season in Broward's Rock, SC. Annie gets involved with finding out the murderer of a fellow volunteer, Gretchen, at the charity shop. Annie ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Annie and Max Darling are thrown into a murder investigation during a winter book signing by Broward Rocks,resident Author, Emma Clyde. While Emma is giving a 'reading,' Annie's cell-phone rings with a panicked message from a fellow volunteer, at the island's charity shop, "Better Tomorrow." Volunteer, Gretchen Burkholt is scared to be alone with Jeremiah, a former convict, and also is excited to have found a message that may lead to 'scandal.'

Annie rushes to the store, after the reading, but is
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As a long time reader of this series, Death Comes Silently was like a visit with old friends. Carolyn Hard has managed to write another strong book in a rather long series - not something a lot of authors can do without the books starting to feel stale and repetitious. I thought the plot was fresh and the red herrings excellent. Each of the main characters were true to their histories and as likeable as they've ever been (or not, as the case may be). I do find a couple of recurring characters ju ...more
Two and a half stars. Very slow, predictable, amateurish beginning. But it gets better. The basic story is pretty good. I've read others in the series and I'll read more. It's a light, easy read.
Carol Gibson
I have been a fan of Carolyn Hart since I read the first Death on Demand mystery back in the 1990s. And this book like all her others is a charming example of a perfect cozy. Annie and Max are a wonderful team. Her other characters the irresistible Laurel , loyal Henny and the arrogant Emma add to the charm.

Since Annie owns a mystery book store the author weaves in real authors and their books and sleuths in a seamless fashion.

The author also does not cheat, all the clues are there for the read
Joan Schrock
I thought that it was a little below average. The plot was pretty much evident early on. Again too many bodies for a village on an off shore island.
Great series. Character and setting draws me and I hope to spend much time with them the rest of this year.
I have always enjoyed Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand mystery series and Death Domes Silently was an especially good one. Her writing is tightly knit, her characters are fully formed. I love the setting of her mysteries. It is a pleasure to read about a tropical type island when you are a landlocked Yankee. Annie, her husband Max, her friends Emma and Henny strive to solve not one but two murders and prove the innocence of a former ex-con trying to make a new life. Annie's mother-in-law, Laurel ...more
Very good book. I love the Death on Demand bookstore series, would love to run that store myself. Annie goes to her friend Henny's house when she calls her and receives an odd response. When she gets there she see her friend escorting a man wanted for murder to her boat and leaves with him in it, comes back without him and goes inside. This leads to the three of them (Henny, Annie and Max her husgand) doing some sleuthing of their own. Very fun book, and progress normally, best part being that I ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Dee added it
Classic Annie and Max Darling. Loved it!
Good book.
Julie Carter
Enjoyable light mystery! I always enjoy visiting the Death on Demand crew, and I enjoyed this caper!
enjoyable cozy --#22 in the series---lots of suspects and motives.
The 22nd in the Death On Demand series, once again has husband and wife sleuths, Annie and Max Darling, on the trail of a murderer on their quaint island of Brower's Rock off the coast of South Carolina.

Annie owns the local mystery bookstore, Death On Demand, where the series gets it's name. This is a cozy, Agatha Christie-type mystery, and should appeal to those who like that kind of story.

Although not one of the best in the series, it still is recommended for summer beach reading.
The Good: Annie feels responsible for Gretchen's death, and when Annie takes on that kind of guilt or accountability, you get to see a slightly different side of her. She's not quite as self-assured and together in Death Comes Silently and that's sort of endearing.

The Bad: Henny acted so far out of character that it verged on impossible to believe. Her motives were solid and on point, but her actions just didn't mesh with anything we have learned about her in the last 21 books.
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Also writing as Carolyn G. Hart.

An accomplished master of mystery with 46 published books, Carolyn Hart is the creator of the highly acclaimed Henrie O,Death on Demand, and Bailey Ruth Raeburn series. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. Letter from Home (2003), her standalone mystery set in Oklahoma, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her latest book is Dead by Mid
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