Dead Days of Summer (Death On Demand #17)
Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is understandably upset. It isn't like her p.i. husband Max to abruptly disappear and homicide is definitely not his style. But when his car is found abandoned on a remote road with a brutally slain, once-beautiful young woman nearby and the murder weapon stashed in the trunk, Annie's worst fears seem justifie...more
I know a lot of people don't like book series which have the same cast of characters again and again. In theory, I agree that you can only go through so many permutations of the same cast list before things get stale. However, it's my opinion that the mark of a goo ...more
In this case, I kept screaming in my head about the missing diary for them to check the internet for a blog or live journal. But they never did, coming up with their own weak solution, which I think will lead to a good lawyer crying "foul! entrapment!" in court.
the other big question (and no, this is NOT a spoiler) that never was a ...more
"The police have Max all but tried and convicted except for Chief Billy Cameron, whose unshakable belief in his friend's in ...more
This is part of a series (book #17 in fact), and its about married couple Annie and Max. Annie owns a mystery bookstore and Max is a P.I. In this book, Max takes on a case for Vanessa, who later ends up dead, an ...more
My measure of an audio book is whether I am "content" listening to the book while I drive, or if I am thinking, "gee, I should call ... fill in the blank ..." This book kept my interest.
There were some parts of the plot that were very well developed, and, at times, there were things, like a missing diary, that annoyed me no end, because the ...more
What I enjoyed:
* I love Annie and Max's relationship. They are a great couple.
* The cast of characters.
* I really enjoy how these books start off with quick glimpses into the lives of the people who will be important.
What could have been better:
* The mystery itself. It was pretty obvious who the bad gu ...more
Annie and her friends spring into action to prove Max' innocence and unmask the identity of a calculating killer.
The reader knows Max must be found innocent, as this upbeat series would not work if Max went to prison for life. The usual characters are present as Annie's friends and the plot devices work. It was a quick read; good for ...more
Although in this story, I would have liked to know why Max was selected to be the possible suspect. Why did the victim and perpetrator select Max as their rube? I guess we'll never know why.
Hart is a highly acclaimed mystery writer and I have no idea why. Characters are not endearing. The plot is contrived. Doubt that I will read any more of Hart's books.
The town pulls together and begins their own investigation. The police chief (Billy) is restricted from investigating further because the raunchy mayor needs the positive publicity generated by the capture of the killer.
Because of the help from the town and Billy, Annie saves the day...and we all knew that would happen...sigh
He is independently wealthy and does charitable work plus runs a small investigative company and she has a mystery book store and coffee shop. Mystery was a bit of a stretch but the author kept the search for clues to free Max from prison interesting. Good short summer or anytime read and series.
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 ...more