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Dead Man's Island (Henrie O #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,360 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Few men would respond to an attempt on their life with an invitation to the killer to try again. But arrogant, daredevil media magnate Chase Prescott has done just that, while issuing an urgent summons to the one person he trusts to point out the would-be murderer...his long-ago colleague and lover, retired newshound Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins. After a lifetime covering dis ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Crimeline (first published August 1st 1993)
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Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up.

I don't know why I picked up this book. I was craving another historical mystery but as I sat on the floor surrounded by books that I'd read the first page of this book practically leapt at me from its shelf. I absolutely loved it. It was filled with what I love best, a MC with a stiff upper-lip, a closed-room mystery, and an outside threat looming on the horizon.

As I stated above the MC had a stiff upper-lip. I absolutely love that in a character; it makes the
Cheryl Landmark
Aug 27, 2012 Cheryl Landmark rated it liked it
This is my favourite type of whodunnit, cozy mystery--a pool of murder suspects gathered together on an isolated island or in an isolated mansion. In this case, the setting was an isolated island, which should have been an idyllic, relaxing vacation spot with luxurious amenities. But, the problem was a cold-blooded murderer was among the guests and it was up to Henrie O to figure out who the culprit was.

I flew through this book fairly quickly and would have rated it a little higher, except for H
Megan O'Neill
Jan 14, 2012 Megan O'Neill rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Henrietta O'Dwyer ("Henrie O") Collins is a heroine worthy of a series, a brassy former reporter who still knows the questions to ask and how to ask them to get to the bottom of a story. Although the book itself was ultimately likable and not a regrettable read, parts of the plot just felt...overdone. Being called to a private island (Island Clue, anyone?) to solve an attempted murder that ends up being successful, and then being marooned on said island with said murderer (whose identity hasn't ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 16, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2005
Henrie O gets a call from her old lover that he needs help, so she flies to his island. Once there, she learns he fears for his life, and sure enough he is murdered during a storm. Trapped on the island with a killer, can Henrie figure out who done it? A good puzzler that would make Christie proud. My only complaint was the ending was rushed, and the book deserved better.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jan 20, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it
When I saw that we were reading a Carolyn Hart book for my mystery book club, I thought now there's an "older" mystery series that will seem outdated. Then when I realized we were reading and discussing book 2, I thought--oh my--now I have to read 2 older and outdated books (because I can't read out of order). Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed this murder mystery featuring Henrie O, a one time reporter turned sleuth. An older widow, whose child is now grown, who just can't let questions go u ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
A cheesy who-done-it, but it was its cheesiness that made it fun. A group of suspects is gathered on a private island by a media mogul, who also invites a retired journalist to figure out who attempted to murder him a few weeks ago. The amateur sleuth Henrie O. is a sharp, likable heroine, deserving of the series the author gave her after this book. The somewhat contrived plot and the stereotypical characters – the dramatic actress, the ruthless lawyer, the playboy son, the ambitious employee, e ...more
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The Henrie O mysteries were first published more than twenty years ago, but I only discovered them recently through different blogs that review a lot of mystery series. This first book in the series leaves me wanting more of Henrie, who has had such an exciting life as a journalist, traveling the world and meeting interesting, powerful people.

Now widowed and retired, Henrie has gained some fame as a mys
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This is the debut of ex-reporter and amateur sleuth Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, a/k/a Henrie O. An old flame – now a media mogul – asks Henrie O to come to his private island for a holiday, and to investigate a special project – one of the guests is trying to kill him. It would be an idyllic setting; Chase has spared no expense in outfitting his getaway. Guests enjoy luxury amenities, an attentive staff and superb food; or they would if a hurricane weren't bearing down on them.

I've read one
Sharon Snyder
Mar 17, 2012 Sharon Snyder rated it did not like it
Don't try to read this if you have a Nook ereader! The OCR they used to convert it to ebook wasn't good & was never proof-read. I was leery of it from the get go when I saw the blurbs for her other books before even getting into the story and an obviously wrong word. Instead of saying "PRAISE FOR AWARD WINNING AUTHOR CAROLYN G. HART" it said "AWARD MIMING AUTHOR."
This was just the first of many errors in the conversion and I finally had to give up when on page 37 it said that after death ri
Katherine Clark
I read this for the Cozy Monograph. This book is the first featuring investigative reporter Henri O. It definitely followed traditional tropes: small group of suspects, most of whom hate each other and their host (all with reason to kill the host), marooned on a tropical island with a killer storm approaching. This book won the Best NOvel Agatha in 1993. Clever denoument.
Eleanor Jones
Jan 07, 2013 Eleanor Jones rated it it was amazing
This is without a doubt one of the best books, let alone mystery books, that I have ever read. If you only have time to read a few books this year, I beg you to put this one on your list. As a bonus, it introduced me to the wonderful Henri O series, among the best I have ever come across. The way this book hooks you in to a locked room (or, rather, locked island) scenario works very well, and I love the main character, who is far from the typical protagonist you'll find in a mystery series. I wi ...more
Sep 12, 2011 Kwoomac rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery
This is one of a series. Main character, Henrie O, is an older woman (70s)who was once a newspaper reported and now writes mystery thrillers. And, of course, she finds herself in the midst of murderers.Here Henrie O is recruited by an old lover to find out who's trying to kill him. He gathers all the suspects to his private island (I'm not kidding) and then holds them captive because he controls the only boat off the island. Someone attempst to murder him, someone blows up the boat, there's a h ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Good characterizations and nice twists. Not sure why people built mansions out of effectively tissue paper on hurricane-prone islands, but maybe I just don't have the right vision!
Mar 28, 2015 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Older female retired journalist trapped on island with former lover and people who are trying to kill him. Hurricane approaching.
Prefer Hart's other characters.
Shaw Girl
Jan 27, 2015 Shaw Girl rated it really liked it
This is a cozy mystery - pure and simple. It's not the best written mystery novel but it's a fun, light read. If you like Murder, She Wrote, you'll love this book.
Clara  Baldwin
I read a later book of this series first, and decided to come back to the beginning to read the first. Henrie O appears to have led quite a life!
Jul 26, 2015 Claudia rated it it was amazing
This was the first Carolyn Hart book I read. Got me hooked! Love her mysteries and this one was so realistic. A real page turner and nail biter!
Oct 10, 2011 KarenF rated it liked it
Shelves: library, mystery, cozy
3.5*s - Good old-fashioned "locked room" mystery with a bunch of suspects trapped on an island. I enjoyed the lead character but figured out the mystery well in advance. Also the big "surprise" at the end wasn't much of a surprise to me. However, Henrie O is a good amateur sleuth. Being a former reporter she knows how to dig and how to handle herself in an emergency. Unlike many cozy heroines she doesn't do anything ridiculous to jeopardize herself and others and in fact argues for police involv ...more
May 12, 2015 Madelyn rated it really liked it
This is definitely a page turner. There are plenty of suspects and the story leaves one guessing to the very end.
Jul 07, 2014 Rita rated it liked it
***1/2 is my actual rating. Carolyn Hart did a great job building a suspenseful, malevolent environment for this whodunit novel. Henry O., a fifty year veteran of investigative news reporting, is called by her long ago x-lover, Chase Prescott, media mogul, to help find who is attempting to kill him. Chase gathers all those he suspects, his family and employees. Henry O works diligently as a hurricane travels up the east coast to the mansion where they are all gathered on and island off the South ...more
S Miller
Jun 11, 2016 S Miller added it
Shelves: h
Used - Good (Signs of shelf wear; Lightly creased spine)
Chowhound88 (a.k.a. Ralph)
Mar 21, 2015 Chowhound88 (a.k.a. Ralph) rated it really liked it
A very good book!
Ellen Wagner
Feb 12, 2014 Ellen Wagner rated it it was ok
Some bad language
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy
Henrie O murder mystery.
Joni Holland
Jan 18, 2016 Joni Holland rated it really liked it
A light, entertaining read. About halfway through, I figured out who did it (or rather, who was going to do it), but it was still an OK read. I like the author's descriptions. I particularly liked how she described the hot, thick air...very appropriate for this time of year. The hurricane scenes at the end were a little over the top/unbelievable, which is why this is only a 3-star book. However, I will continue on to the next book in the series because I do like the main character.
Patty Johnson
Apr 04, 2013 Patty Johnson rated it really liked it
I like all the Henri O books. I sometimes think that the author should have made her slightly younger as she appears pretty spry for her years when she is jogging along etc. Others have criticized her for being bossy, etc. I can not agree with them. She's just a woman who has worked in a man's world and acts accordingly.
For a classic and beloved author of cozy mysteries, try Carolyn Hart. She often focuses on traditional investigation novels with amateur sleuths. This is the first in the Henrie O series, featuring a retired reporter, or for a series featuring a bookshop owner, try Death on Demand.
Feb 15, 2015 Michele rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first book in the Death on Demand series. This one, however, was tougher. I had a hard time getting into plodded along. Will try the next book. If it is a plodder, I'm probably not continuing with this series
Sarah Haman
Apr 15, 2013 Sarah Haman rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Ah... a new mystery writer :) A woman detective on a mission to discover who wants to kill a friend who's now a very wealthy media magnate. Lots of good characters all trapped on a small, resort-type island with a hurricane coming!

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Also writes as Carolyn Hart

Author of bestseller Death on Demand series featuring sassy bookstore detective Annie Darling who with her husband Max and occasionally her wacky mother-in-law solves murder in and around her sleepy South Carolina town. First debuted in 1987, the series has spanned 22 books as of 2012.

Hart was born and still resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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