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Something Wicked (Death On Demand #3)

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Everyone--including mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance--loves Arsenic and Old Lace.But something wicked is poisoned a local summer stock production as cast members stab each other in the back and props are sabotaged.Worst of all, the star, aging Hollywood beach-blanket hunk Shane Petree, butchers his lines--while getting top billing in bed with wives and teenage daught ...more
Mass Market Paperback, First Edition, 226 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Bantam
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Kathy Davie
Dec 27, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Third in the Death on Demand mystery series set in a bookstore specializing in mysteries and run by Annie Laurence on Broward's Rock Island in South Carolina.

In 1989, Something Wicked won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original; in 1988, it won the Agatha Award for Best Novel.

My Take
There is a very Agatha Christie feel to this mystery, so it's understandable that it won an Agatha award. I have to confess that Annie was very annoying in this story. She takes everything so seriously. Part of
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Kwoomac
May 12, 2009 Kwoomac rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, yuck
Yuck. Convoluted mystery (with lots of references to better mysteries). I hate this series, yet picked yet another of them up in search of a quick read. Murder takes place during rehearsal for amateur production of "Arsenic and Old Lace". Lots of references to this as well. Better to stick to reading the stories she mentioned. Please don't let me read another one of these books.
Kevin
Feb 12, 2017 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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Marti
May 22, 2017 Marti rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Quite well-constructed for a cozy. Third in the Death on Demand series.
Deb
Jun 25, 2017 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Death On Demand series

Annie and Max Darling are a delightful couple. The name dropping of all the great sleuths and mystery writers is filling out my reading list.
Dharia Scarab
Mar 16, 2017 Dharia Scarab rated it did not like it
Just couldn't hold my interest.


Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for unde
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FangirlNation
Feb 22, 2017 FangirlNation rated it it was amazing
Something Wicked, the third in the Death on a Demand series by Carolyn G. Hart and winner of the Agatha Award for Best Novel of 1988, features Max and Annie during rehearsals for a community theater performance of the dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. The rehearsals seems the victim of either a curse or sabotage, unless it is both. Frustratingly for the other actors in the show, the producer of the show has cast an aging former star in the role of Teddy. Unfortunately, the actor, Shane, revuses ...more
Jenny
Oct 19, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I was more familiar with Arsenic and Old Lace.... ah well. Hart did a decent job of presenting the characters and basic plot points. The hardest thing was keeping track of all the players - Eugene and Arthur were the toughest for me to remember because they seemed so minor to the events.

Basically, there are minor bothers that happen during the practice of this play: chalk lines are erased, notices of practice are removed from their post, and cue cards are tampered with. Then (view spoiler
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Connie
Nov 08, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it
SOMETHING WICKED by Carolyn G Hart is 226 pages in paperback form. This is #3 in Death On Demand Series featuring Annie Laurance.

Brief Description:

A DEADLY THEATRICAL WHODUNIT COMES TO LIFE

Everyone--including mystery, bookstore owner Annie Laurance--loves
Arsenic and Old Lace. But something wicked is poisoning a local summer
stock production as cast members stab each other in the back and props are sabotaged. Worst of all, the star, aging Hollywood beach-blanket hunk Shane Petree, butchers his lin
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Kate
Sep 28, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok
"Everyone -- including mystery bookstore owner Annie Lawrence -- loves Arsenic and Old Lace. But something wicked is poisoning a local summer stock production as cast members stab each other in the back and props are sabotaged. Worst of all, the star, aging Hollywood beach-blanket hunk Shane Petree, butchers his lines -- while getting top billing in bed with wives and teenage daughters around town. No wonder somebody wants to draw his final curtain.

"A pompous prosecutor tries to pin a murder on
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Beth
This plot moved so slowly for me that I almost gave up on it, but the characters managed to hold my interest so I continued on. It was not until the book was almost at the half-way point when someone did in fact turn up dead; I was beginning to wonder just what kind of "murder mystery" this could be where no one dies but I felt rewarded in the end for sticking with it. A bunch of quirky characters are cast-mates in the summer stock production of Arsenic and Old Lace, and until the promised murde ...more
Judy Goodnight
#3 of the Death on Demand series

This is my year to catch up on this series although it looks like I'll be continuing into 2014. I really like the mystery bookstore milieu, the island setting, the five pictures mystery puzzle in each novel, and, most of all, Annie & Max, the main characters.

What I could use a little less of is the over-the-top secondary characters such as Henny Brawley, Annie's best customer who likes to assist in the investigations by taking on the persona of various fiction
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Ruth
Mar 13, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Well, at least Annie wasn't suspected for long in this one... this time it was poor ole Max. Sigh. Isn't there another way to get plot tension besides putting your leading characters in jeopardy?

Community theater + Arsenic and Old Lace + a money-hungry-developer + a lazy, washed-up, surfer/Hollywood-Star + alley-cat wives + bitchy teens + election-mongering prosecutors + wedding plans + Annie and Max = general fun.

What I like about this series is that it's a nice romp with literary underpinning
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Katherine Clark
Read for monograph. In 1988, the Malice Domestic Awards were created. The Agatha is given to the best novel and best first novel (as well as a few other designations.) The first Agatha given for a best novel was to Hart's Something Wicked, part of the Death on Demand series.

My favorite aspects of this series: the setting is an island off of South Carolina. Hart does a great job with description, enough so that I would love to see and possibly live on such an island, and I really have no interest
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Jessi
It's up to Annie and Max to figure out why the summer stock version of "Arsenic and Old Lace" is having so many problems. Things have been moved around, there was a dead cat in the window seat, and now one of their castmates is dead. Granted, the aging surf-picture-star was causing a LOT of problems, not knowing his lines, messing around with both a mother and her daughter, just generally being a putz. Which means that there are more than a few suspects. Including Max. It seems the county prosec ...more
Sue
Oct 16, 2011 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
"Something Wicked"(Death on Demand #3)by Carolyn Hart.
The introduction of Max's mother and the upcoming wedding between the fabulously wealthy Max and hard-working Annie are hilarious!

Annie and Max join the local summer theatre group and attempt to put on Arsenic and Old Lace. When one of the main players is found murdered, Annie and Max must solve the crime. The inclusion of the pompous Circuit Court Solicitor into the mix is so humorous. Of course, he thinks Max is to blame. I found this book
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Jen
Oct 02, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Annie runs a bookstore called Death On Demand. In this book she's part of a theater group who is rehersing for Arsenic and Old Lace, when (cue creepy music)someone is murdered. So who did it, and why? To find out, read on.

The book kept my interest but it didn't evoke much emotion. I kept confusing the characters, probably because I wasn't that invested. It's a good book for multi-tasking; light, not too emotional, something you can put on for back ground noise and enjoy without paying too close
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Vanessa
Nov 04, 2009 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Hart is beginning to build on her first two books to give the reoccurring characters more depth. The introduction of Max's mother and the upcoming wedding between the fabulously wealthy Max and hard-working Annie are hilarious!

Annie and Max join the local summer theatre group and attempt to put on Arsenic and Old Lace. When one of the main players is found murdered (whom everyone has a motive to kill), Annie and Max must solve the crime. The inclusion of the pompous Circuit Court Solicitor into
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Jennifer
Jun 30, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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Martha
Apr 22, 2012 Martha rated it liked it
This is the 3rd Death on Demand Book and, while very good as most of Ms. Hart's series are, I found the characters annoying and verging on cliche'. I don't know which ones bothered me more - Annie, Henny, Laurel, or Max. I also get tired of the one-dimensional, stereotyped Southern law enforcers... the myopic refusal to consider other points of view strikes me as implausible. Despite this - I do enjoy the series and have started another on. (Thank you, public library!!)
Karen M
Apr 16, 2015 Karen M rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series
I was disappointed in this third book in the Death By Demand series. Annie seemed really annoying to the point where I started to dislike her. The story seemed to drag and I only continued to read it because I hate to not finish a book. I don't know if I will continue with this series, probably not.
Karen
Jan 10, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Further adventures of my favorite bookstore owner! I first read it years and years ago -- decided to re-read the series from the beginning (and, someday, maybe even catch up to where I left off!). It's been just long enough since I read it the first time that I didn't remember the story completely. Definitely worth the re-read!
Ronda
Sep 14, 2015 Ronda rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, humorous
Made me want to revisit Arsenic and Old Lace (the old movie version). Fun mystery, neat setting, great bookstore, but dialogue and vocabulary are so formal that it seems to keep the characters at arm length and two-dimensional. That said, I enjoy learning some new words and look forward to whatever new madness Max's mother comes up with next for the wedding of the century.
Kristen
Nov 16, 2016 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozies
I really liked the first book in this series, but the second and this one fell flat for me.

After the first book, Annie has become whiny and petulant. She always seems to be crabbing about something and I found everything about her just irritating.

I had hoped for a new favourite series, but this book proved that this won't be something I'll be sticking with.
Michele
Jul 29, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into the rhythm of the author's writing style...but once I did, it was a great whodunit, based out of a mystery book store. I loved the references to the characters from the murder mystery classics.
Debra
Mar 20, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is the third book in the "Death on Demand" series. In this one, Annie has to solve the mystery of the death of a cast mate in the local production of Arsenic and Old Lace. To save her beloved fiancé max from jail, Annie must take chances in order to bring the real murderer to justice.
Fmorlan
Dec 24, 2012 Fmorlan rated it really liked it
Annie Laurence runs death on demand bookstore. But she gets involved in other activitues. There is summer theater but a murder occurs. Very clever on Carolyn Hart's part to have several options. Surprse murderer. loved it
Chris
Oct 04, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first 2, I don't know why, maybe I read it at the wrong time? In any event, I will go on with the series because, being a bookoholic and the protagonist being a mystery bookstore owner...it just seems right...lol
Carol  MacInnis
Sep 03, 2011 Carol MacInnis rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
As things heat up on a local summer stock production, things are looking very bad for Annie's fiance, Max. Max is being accused of murder by a pompous prosecutor and things are looking bad for Annie and Max's wedding. A great 'whodunit' read.
Val
Dec 13, 2016 Val added it
Annie and Max are involved with the local production of Arsenic and Old Lace. From the start it was doomed with incidents happening to stop the play. Props are sabotaged, somebody is stabbed and then somebody dies. Annie is on the trail once again with the help of her hunky husband Max.
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Also writing as Carolyn 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 Midnig
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