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Dare to Die (Death On Demand #19)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,413 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
She came in the rain. Alone. On a bicycle. Annie and Max Darling are completely unprepared when the arrival of a mysterious young woman shocks their sea island and stirs up more than just gossip. It turns out that Iris, the beautiful stranger, is a former resident of Broward's Rock. Her arrival throws the normally happy town into a downward spiral that pits neighbor agains ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 23rd 2009)
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Dare to Die is another installment in Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series about Annie and Max Darling, a happily married couple living in an idyllic island where Annie run the perfect fantasy for those of us who love reading-and cozies: a bookstore specializing in mysteries. Of course, as fate (and the author) would have it, death often shows up at her door and Annie must do more than sell mysteries: she has to solve them as well.

In Dare to Die, Iris, a former island resident who left after hi
Light little mystery; nothing earth shattering, though one did need a score card to remember all the characters and who was with whom now, as well as 10 years ago in the back story. It would be nice if Carolyn Hart actually knew the lowcountry where she sets this series, but she doesn't, as often comes out in the books. It makes me fear a little bit for our economy here, because with so many deaths on one island off the coast of South Carolina, what's it gonna do for our tourist trade? I guess p ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
After some intense reading the last couple of months, I needed a break. Carolyn Hart's charming Annie & Max Darling series (Death on Demand #19) was the perfect choice. Annie owns a mystery bookstore in Broward’s Rock, South Carolina. What could be a more perfect setting for a cozy?

What's fun about Hart's books is that she name drops mystery writers and book titles throughout so you'll have an unending list of books to read!
Jan 27, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been a long-time fan of this series but this one just didn't live up to the usual standard, in my opinion. I really wanted to like the story but found it slow moving and repetitive. While I already knew the main characters, the new characters (victims and suspects alike) were not well developed and by the end of the book I felt they were still just names. I hope the next volume in the series is better.
Nov 06, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been awhile since I read a Death on Demand mystery. For some reason, the last one I read simply did not hold my interest. But, because I enjoyed the books in the past, I decided to give the series another chance, and I am glad I did. This is a rather sad story of long held secrets and the past deaths of teenagers. A young woman comes back to the island where tragedy happened when she was young. Iris wants to make things right and confirm what she thinks she knows of the deaths that happen ...more
May 03, 2014 Karin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've not read any of the other books in the series, and I'm not sure if that fact ruined me for this book, or not. I will say that after reading this book, I have no desire to read any of the others.

I'm not sure how old the main characters are (but I would guess at least in their late 20's) but Annie doesn't act like a married businesswoman, but rather like a petulant twelve year old girl who will do anything to get her way. She's told to stay out of the investigation into the death of someone s
Another solid addition to a good series. Max and Annie Darling are having a party to celebrate the opening of their restored antebellum mansion, but delays in the construction have forced them to have the celebration in the pavilion nearby. Unknown to them, it is the location of a death 10 years ago, and among their guests are all the friends involved, including Iris, who had disappeared after that fateful event and is now back to try to recover her memory and make amends for her transgressions. ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery readers
This is number 19 in the Max and Annie Darling Series, "Death on Demand".

I really enjoy this series of books. I have gotten into the "cozies" of late, and try to read the series in order. Nice, fun reads.

(Credit Karen Potts)
Annie Darling is the proprietor of the mystery bookstore, Death on Demand and lives with her husband Max on Broward's Rock, an island off the coast of South Carolina. Iris, a young woman who grew up on the island, returns to probe a mystery concerning her friend Jocelyn, whos
Oct 29, 2011 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was desparate for a book to listen to on my commute. T
he only reason I finished it was because I'd already invested 6 dic's of time in it. I really didn't care who killed who by the end.
Kat Lebo
Apr 04, 2014 Kat Lebo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dare to Die
by Carolyn Hart

I believe Dare to Die is the 19th book in Carolyn Hart's Death On Demand series. I've read all 19, plus I have 4 unread books in the series. This was, for quite a while, my favorite series to follow. Somewhere along the way I lost my passion for it (I believe in Dead Days of Summer -- just didn't like that one), and although I kept purchasing books, I wasn't reading them. As new books that I haven't purchased are coming out,I finally decided that I needed to get back to
Apr 17, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Dare to Die" is one of a series of novels featuring mystery book store owner, Annie Darling and her husband, Max. I read one of these years ago and only vaguely remember it. Basically it's about the perfect couple who have sex every morning living on an idyllic island where the people are salt of the earth -- and murderers run amok every 6 months or so to give Annie something to investigate. There's a cast of characters (trust me, the people in these novels have no resemblance to actual people) ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dare To Die by Carolyn Hart
Published by Avon Mystery
ISBN 978-0-06-145305-2
At the request of Bestsellersworld, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

On the quaint island of Broward's Rock, a native daughter has returned after a ten (10) year absence. Riding a bike in the pouring rain with nothing but a duffel bag and a change of clothes, Iris Tilford arrives. She has made this visit, not only to make amends of her past, but to also find the truth of what really happened all
Mary Kennedy
Jul 02, 2010 Mary Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is this series so wildly successful? Carolyn Hart fans have high expectations from this best-selling author who has been christened “The American Agatha Christie.” They’ve come to expect certain trademarks in every one of her novels–an intricate plot, appealing, interrelated characters with rich emotional lives, non-stop action and a gripping climax. These are characters you want to know and spend time with, and the setting–Broward’s Rock in South Carolina–will become as real and beloved as ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“She came in the rain. Alone. On a bicycle.” These are the words that start a chain reaction of diabolic events on the quaint little sea-side island, Broward’s Rock, where Max and Annie Darling reside in their much-loved Franklin house.

Because of worrisome repair work to their home, Max and Annie have had to take up temporary residence in a modern cabin and move their long-planned picnic party to the harbor pavilion. Not being natives to the island, they are unaware of the troublesome and upsett
Jul 18, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#19 in the Death on Demand mystery series set on a small island off the South Carolina coast. After more than a decade Iris Tilford is back in Broward's Rock and her return has nasty and unexpected repercussions that are rocking Annie and Max Darling's sea island hometown. 10 ears ago Iris disappeared after a fatal high school tragedy and the story revolves around the group of 5 friends who were close to the girl who died. Iris' return stirs up all kinds of problems which Anne and Max find thems ...more
Jun 06, 2009 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed Carolyn Hart's "Death on Demand" mystery series about Annie Darling, the owner of a mystery book store on Broward's Rock, South Carolina. This is the 19th book in the series. I think that I like the series so much because Hart is able to capture the essence of life on a fictional island located near the very real Hilton Head Island (one of my favorite places). However, this book was not one of the best of the series. It had an enjoyable story and was a perfect choice for the ...more
Jun 19, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Death on Demand series, and while I liked this book I didn't feel like it was up to Ms. Hart's usual standards. I found all of the suspects, their histories and their relationships with one another to be confusing, and I was constantly flipping back to the beginning of the book with questions like, "wait, is Fran married to Buck or Russel? Is she the one who did XYZ or was that Cara?" It was distracting and by the end I didn't have any real feelings about the revelation of who the mur ...more
May 17, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've always liked this series, though I get daunted by Hart's vast knowledge of the mystery genre! Most of the books she mentions I haven't even heard of. What I love about these books are the characters and the sense of place, and this one is no exception. Classic Hart. My one quibble would be that I think Annie, the main character, has a rather frumpy wardrobe for a 28 year old! Hart loves to describe what each character is wearing, and while I actually appreciate that, I do think Annie dresse ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: get-a-clue
It's been awhile since I've read a book from this series. There were parts that felt welcoming and familiar, like slipping into a favorite sweater, but there were also things that bothered me. Max in particular came off with a level of aloofness that either I'd gotten used to or wasn't present before.

The plot of this one just moved a little slowly for me, too. There were too many suspects tied so loosely together.

It was a decent read though and I'm interested to see how the next entry in the s
Diane Wachter
Annie and Max are married and want to move into their new home and throw a party, but plumbing issues cause the party to be moved to the park which causes people to remember a tragic occurrence 10 years earlier that was ruled a suicide, but was other people are dying, and no-one can trust even their best friends. Good!
Apr 18, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bingo
3.5 stars. This Jessica Fletcher meets Nick and Nora Charles. No other island has as many murders as Broward's Rock and I always enjoy the old gathering of the suspects at the end. I was actually impressed with myself because I have read 3 out of the 5 books that were represented in Annie's paintings, not that I guessed a single one!
Mandy Sherman
This book wasn't bad. It just wasn't a page turner. I didn't get the feeling that the suspects characters were shown. Except for Buck. His life and feelings were brought forward but not the others. The first 2/3rds of the book concentrated on all the dramatic things happening to Max and Annie.
Dec 01, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot about this series and really enjoyed reading it again. I have a few more to catch up so that is a good thing. The heroine owns a mystery book store so she is usually stocking some titles or talking with customers so the reader can get lots more ideas for good reads, not that I need more!
Mary Newcomb
High school memories are not always kind. Iris returns after many years away, ready to make amends for her past behavior. She dies and another follows, the intrepid Annie and Max seek to resolve all before more lives are impacted. The concluding scenes are a bit formulaic but the revealed murderer is a surprise.
Aug 01, 2012 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I consider Carolyn Hart's to be Light Mystery. I would also put Sue Grafton in this
category--though Ithought that her last book had more meat to it. The main characters in this series are Annie Darling, and her wonderful husband Max. They are young, rich, and borderline boring. Oh, this was a nook book, which makes it hard to go back to check on character's names. The upshot is that they almost get incinerated after someone announces that Annie has info on a recent murder. It seems that
Jan 20, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
The Death on Demand series has been a long time favorite of mine. I love how the murder mysteries are interlaced with (usually literary based) fun and frivolity. Dare to Die did not follow the usual format. The mystery was front and center for the entire novel and unfortunately the mystery was depressing. The message of the novel was clear - teenagers do stupid things and those things will come back to haunt them as adults if someone doesn't kill them first. And worse, the repeated mentioning of ...more
Anna Mcfadden
the beginning. was do slow and drawn out started to get going after the 4th OR 5th chapter Annie and Max Darling is having a party when they come across a body. as they try to figure things out they realize the murder is one of their friends
I decided not to finish this book after reading the first 60 pages. It suffered in comparison to the book I had just read -- Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon. Just too cutesy for my taste.
Enjoyable, but I had the murderer pegged very early in the story so didn't hold me as engrossed as it could have. Still, fun to listen to while getting other things done!
May 17, 2012 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had my doubts about this book. It is, after all, about a darling couple named Darling. Seems that she owns a book store in a small town on a small island that focuses on mysteries. She's native to the community and returned with her darling husband to live and love. Seems also that death practically comes to her door and takes up residence. It all sounds too trite and contrived. Well, it is all that and very fun and interesting. The mystery continues throughout the book with some guesses about ...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 25 books)
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  • Design For Murder (Death On Demand, #2)
  • Something Wicked (Death on Demand, #3)
  • Honeymoon With Murder (Death on Demand, #4)
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