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At Annie Laurance's Death On Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder most foul suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked shelves. Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen.With Annie in ...more
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Published January 1st 2000 by Books on Tape (first published February 1987)
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Julie Davis
#67 - 2010.

I read about Carolyn Hart in Mystery Scene magazine and so requested this first of her series about a married couple who runs a mystery book store. Although they aren't married in this book, one can see the writing on the wall. Evidently one of the things that series fans enjoy is the married couple's good relationship and I was curious to see how that might be done without getting cloying. It is "cozy" without being too much so and the idea of a locked room mystery (more or less) in
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Cheryl Landmark
This was a fairly light, enjoyable read, but, in many ways, it was just okay.

Annie was, for the most part, a likeable enough character, but there were times when I found her annoying, stupid and clueless. In her determination to clear her name and find the real murderer, she did a lot of cringe-worthy things that had me shaking my head. Sneaking into Elliot's house to read the floppy disk on his computer without thinking of how incriminating her actions were or of how her fingerprints would be a
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Jenn
I've been reading Lorna Barrett's Booktown Mysteries and on the front or back cover, it says that fans of the Death on Demand series would like Booktown Mysteries. I like Booktown Mysteries pretty well, so I checked to see if my library had Death on Demand. They have most, if not all, of them, so I put the first one on hold. That's about all I knew about it. I assumed it was another cozy mystery series.

So, this series is older. The pub date on the first one says 1987. I was 10 in 1987. So remem
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bookczuk
I have read this book before. The author sets the series on a fictious island off the South CArolina coast. The author, however, lives in Arizona, so it is always fun to pick out the inaccuracies. I find that as the series goes along, it gets better, and always like making note of the mysteries that Annie has on hand. That's why I'm holding on to this copy- to check out the mysteries and to see if this is one that has a family favorite locale inaccuracy regarding ressurection ferns. Here in the ...more
Cathy DuPont
After a reading jolt (meant in a very good way) of James Lee Burke, I usually have to take a brain rest with a little, quick read “cozy.” Little, yes 200 pages; quick read, no I had a lot going on; easy to follow, no, not so much with a lot of characters; fun read, definitely!

Set on a small South Carolina barrier island called Broward’s Rock Island, the area is a haven for mystery writers and has one mystery book store aptly named Death on Demand. Lucky them, having everything I love; the ocean,
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Cynthia
I was fortunate to be chosen to receive an advanced readers copy of Dead By Midnight in the Goodreads First Reads program. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to read the series from the beginning. I figured that my little mystery book group would enjoy it so I chose Death on Demand as our December title. I was not disappointed.

Annie Laurence, owner of a mystery bookstore on the tiny island of Broward's Rock, SC, finds herself the prime suspect when one of the authors from her Sunday Regulars d
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Hattie
Aug 08, 2010 Hattie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Y
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Death on Demand by Carolyn Hart

"Death on Demand" by Carolyn Hart is the first book in this series. It's a great beginning because Annie Laurance plays a very big role in the murders taking place on Broward's Rock in South Carolina. I don't want to write too much about the mystery for fear of spoilers.

The mystery has a wonderful setting. Broward's Rock is like a private heaven on earth. The Death on Demand bookstore just adds to the magic of the island. The bookstore is pa
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Diane
I really did not like this book at all. I didn't care who did it, and the only reason I finished it was because I wanted to see how the author crafted the motive for the murders. The descriptions read like something written by a college student in a creative writing class. The dialogue was not convincing at all. I should have followed the review written by one reader on amazon.com in which s/he complained about the dialogue but also the idiotic things the main character did. I thought the "name ...more
Andreia
Just finished this one up. I like Max way more than Annie. I'm not sure if I like the sprinkling of other titles or if I'm annoyed by it. I think that the author might have done it a bit too much. Okay, okay I get it the main character owns a bookstore specializing in mysteries. Still think there may be a bit of overkill. I'm hoping that since it was just the first book in the series that she eased up a bit in the rest of the books. We'll see.
NotQuiteAllHere
I enjoy this mystery. It was some what simple to solve but not too obvious. The characters are cute and fun though a few are a little creepy. I found the computer references super funny. I know at the time this is the tech but still makes me giggle and think about how far we have come... since I am writing this review on my phone.
Sara
One of my favorite things about the Death on Demand series is Hart's numerous references throughout her books of other mysteries and mystery authors. A fairly prolific mystery reader I have been surprised by how many titles and authors she's introduced to me.
Betterthanfiction
Looking for a complete list of books recommended in the Death on Demand series? Well, here ya go: http://betterthanfiction.net/death-on...
C.
Death On Demand” is a store, series, and introductory book. Wonderful detail is built into the foreground, background, and characters; whom I know will turn me into a fan. My first foray produced fewer stars, mostly due to what I dub ‘first volume blues’. Authors need to fiddle a while to make pieces fit, lay the scene out for us, and explain a bunch of personal history. A good series will bring more excitement with succeeding titles and that’s what higher feedback is for.

One fly in the ointmen
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Amberle Husbands
Good light reading. Okay, really light, but not irritatingly fluffy. Likeable characters -- though they seem a little bit simplistic at times -- and an intriguing setting for a whodunit. I have to say the reason I didn't enjoy this book more had a lot to do with the fact that there was just so much mystery-genre name dropping going on. It started to feel like, if you cut out all the name-dropping of other writers and their best works, you'd end up with about half the novel gone.
But, the plot wa
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Shirley
I hadn't before read this debut in the series and am thrilled to see that the plotting and characterization I know Carolyn Hart for is just as strong in the first of the series as it is in the rest. I had an inkling of suspicion about the killer but those thoughts were put away time and again as new evidence was introduced and I was happily surprised at the end.

Next to Agatha Christie, Carolyn Hart is my favourite mystery author. Her writing is witty, entertaining and suspenseful. A clever and
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Trudy
This is clearly a book written before the widespread use of personal computers or cell phones (it was published in 1993), but Annie's impetuous actions were still mind-boggling, and put her and Max in unnecessary danger.

The setting, a remote island bookstore specializing in mysteries was promising, but Hart's constant references to other famous (and not so famous) mystery writers and their characters got a bit tedious.

I really like Max, and I was annoyed with Annie's stubborn and foolish attitu
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Liz
Set in an island off South Carolina, Annie runs a bookstore for mystery lovers. Many mystery writers live on this island.
Annie holds Sunday evening meetings for book lovers. Elliot Morgan, has threatened Annie in several ways and she almost cancels the upcoming meeting.
Morgan is found dead during the meeting. But his is not the only death.
Annie is the chief suspect.
This is a quick little read with little literary merit except that the author shows her knowledge of mystery books. Her implanting t
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Kate
"At Annie Laurance's Death on Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder most foul suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked shelves. Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen.

"With Annie in the unenviable position of primary police suspect, the pretty young mystery maven and her wealthy paramour, Max Darling, em
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Patricia
I don't read many mysteries but I enjoyed this one. I thought that the action was quick-paced and there were a considerable number of suspects with good motives for murder.

Annie Laurance, the main character, operates a mystery book store called Death on Demand on the island of Broward's Rock, South Carolina. She was virtually penniless when she arrived on the island and inherited the bookstore from her uncle Ambrose following his untimely death. Annie is no stranger to the island, having spent
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Ruth
In a word: entertaining. In another word: fluffy.

I really did like this first volume in the Death on Demand series. I'll read number 2 and probably 3, 4, etc. But I had my issues. At first I was charmed by the mystery-genre name dropping, but after a while it just got too thick. I will forgive it since Hart so graciously included my personal favs, Nero and Arhchie. Possibly more potentially annoying to readers is that it seems too easy. I mean I don't read a mystery trying to solve it as a go a
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Audio book performed by Kate Reading.

Annie Laurence inherited her uncle’s estate on Broward’s Rock Island, South Carolina, including the mystery bookshop Death on Demand. She’s made a success of it, partly because the quiet island is home to several successful authors, who regularly meet at her store on Sunday evenings for coffee and an informal presentation about writing mysteries. But tonight one of them – Elliot Morgan – is planning to reveal the other authors’ secrets, and Annie would just a
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Julia
Elliot, a famous mystery writer, is murdered at a meeting of mystery writers. So which mystery writer is a cold-blooded killer? As it turns out, almost all of them have nasty skeletons in their closets. But which one killed Elliot?

Annie is neither a mystery writer nor a murderer, but as the owner of the bookstore Elliot was murdered in, she's Saulter, the police chief's, prime suspect. To clear her name, she and her ex, Max, take it upon themselves to figure out what really happened before Annie
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Amy
This story was ok. It was enjoyable enough, I liked the male main character (Max) quite well, and the female main character (Annie) was ok, too, although at times I found her to be far less of a believable character than Max. I also had the murderer figured out almost immediately, which is a bit of a strike against it for me.

The problem I had was the *constant* references to various mystery titles, authors, characters through out this entire book. This might possibly be clever if the reader was
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Sue
"Death On Demand" by Carolyn Hart is the first mystery novel in this series.An owner of a bookstore specializing in mystery books holds weekly Saturday evening meetings with the island's mystery writers. At one of these meetings,the power goes off, a thud and a scream ring out in the darkness. When the lights come on, one of their own is found dead on the floor, a poisoned dart in his throat.

The island's rather ineffective police chief wants to pin the murder on Annie, the owner of the bookstore
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Caroline
An owner of a bookstore specializing in mystery books holds weekly Saturday evening meetings with the island's mystery writers. At one of these meetings,the power goes off, a thud and a scream ring out in the darkness. When the lights come on, one of their own is found dead on the floor, a poisoned dart in his throat.

The island's rather ineffective police chief wants to pin the murder on Annie, the owner of the bookstore. But she knows she didn't do it, and so does her boyfriend, Max. If the pol
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bella
Annie Laurence is making herself at home at Broward's Rock Island, after inheriting the mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, after her Uncle's passing. At the weekly gathering of local mystery authors, the Sunday Regulars, one of the authors (Elliot Morgan) plans to tell about his new book, a tell-all on the secrets of the locals on Broward's Rock Island. Before Elliot can tell what he has learned he is killed, and the police are pointing their finger at Annie. With the help of close friend, Max ...more
Debbie
I read this quite a few years back. I picked up a book with both this, the first in the series, and the second. Since it has been so long, I decided to read it again.

Even though I remembered "whodunit", I still enjoyed the read. As I remember, I figured it out early on the first time around. That doesn't bother me with cozies. As long as there are enough red herrings thrown in that watching the amateur sleuth get there behind me is plausible. And it is in this one.

Annie has inherited a mystery b
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Kathy Davie
A few years back, I read Carolyn Hart's Death Walked In and I finally got around to reading the start of the series, Death on Demand. I'm not really sure how it is that the publishers wanted a second from her.

For a start, how could anyone possibly make a go of a bookstore specializing in mysteries on a small island? Once Elliot was killed and the nail polish remover-soaked wad was found, why didn't the Chief sniff everyone's fingers. Who would be stupid enough to break into a dead man's house es
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Talia
I liked the characters in this one, so I'll check out more in this series. The setting is nice too, so that was a plus. I guessed whudunit, so maybe that made me biased to rate this book 4 stars. There were only 2 things that bothered me: first, the constant, CONSTANT references to other specific mystery novels and authors. Of course I'm familiar with Agatha Christie and her novels, but I've never heard of most of the works referenced here. And the references usually aren't explained, so that wa ...more
Fanficfan44
I have heard so much about this series, that I am really glad that I finally read it. I like the setting and the theme of the book. Having a bookshop is a dream of mine, so this really appealed to me. The character of Max is outstanding. He draws you in on his own, even though it seems as though he is intended to be the sidekick to Annie, our protagonist, he definitely overshadows her. The mystery was well crafted. Being a “locked room” type of mystery, you had a limited list of suspects from th ...more
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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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Death On Demand (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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