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Laughed 'Til He Died (Death On Demand #20)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  864 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
“Carolyn Hart is one of the most popular practitioners of the traditional mystery.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Return to Broward’s Rock in Laughed ’Til He Died, Carolyn Hart’s landmark 20th novel in her much loved and critically acclaimed Death on Demand mystery series. Island sleuths Annie and Max Darling must solve three related local murders in this wonderful new whodunit by
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Avon (first published 2010)
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Oct 15, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bingo
I do love the Death on Demand mysteries and being with my island friends again. This one twisted and turned and came to a chilling conclusion.
Una Tiers
Not my cup of tea due to too much repetition.
Feb 23, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series has been a favorite cozy series of mine for many years. Annie Darling owns a mystery bookstore (Death on Demand, obviously) and mystery is the main theme throughout the series, both up front with the murders and in the background through the books Annie sells. The novels are full of mystery references which is sure to delight fans of the genre.

In Laughed 'Til He Died, the 20th installment of the series, Hart offers up a mystery that boggles the mind in the b
May 02, 2010 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denise by: anyone who likes bibliomysteries
I was happy to visit with Max and Annie and see what they were up to, the only thing I hate about it is that I read too fast and now I have to wait AGAIN for the next episode. The only thing that I have to say about the Death on Demand series and I am probably in the minority here but I think Max is the sleuth and Annie just seems to stumble into trouble of which Max then has to rescue her. Yes, you can usually figure out who the murderer is before the end of the book but so can you in a lot of ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd forgotten how much I enjoy this series. This is the latest book. Always some humor, romance, and lots of mystery with plots, sub-plots and more!
Jan 23, 2017 FangirlNation rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jean Hughes, the director of The Haven, a place for youth to spend their afternoons and summers in a safe place with lots of fun activities, seeks out Max Darling's help to keep her job in Laughed 'Til He Died by Carolyn Hart. Max learns that she was hired when Booth Wagner, the richest member of The Haven's board, joined the board and decided to annoy a fellow member with an unqualified director by faking Jean's resume. But now the joke has worn thin, and he wants to get rid of Jean. Won over b ...more
This book probably would have been better with a different narrator. I just didn't care for the way the characters were pertrayed, not the narrator's fault, I guess I just don't like change. This narrator wasn't from audible, so go ahead and listen to it from audible if you'd like, I'd probably had liked the book better if I did.
Kathi Olsen
Jan 22, 2017 Kathi Olsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A fun who-done-it. Good plot development, easy enjoyable read.
Dec 22, 2016 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: get-a-clue
I enjoyed this more than the previous book in the series; it felt familiar but still interesting and new. The problem was that sometimes the descriptions got a little too long winded and I found myself increasingly annoyed by the police chief. Yes, having some resistance in law enforcement is important in this genre, but it got repetitive to the point that it was stupid (not to mention frustrating) here.

Still, Hart is a master of misdirection. Looking forward to more adventures with Annie and M
May 07, 2016 KenchiReads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yay! Another five stars Book. So if you want to know why I gave the book that rating. read my review below…

The story starts showing different scenarios of different people in Broward’s Rock (Island’s Name) The Main Character is Annie Darling a Mystery Bookstore owner and her husband Max Darling. Everything was Okay in Broward’s Rock until a lifeless body of a teenage boy was found in a Nature Preserve. Nobody thought it was Murder they just thought the boy fell and hit his head and then died. Bu
Martha Cheves
Apr 05, 2010 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laughed ‘Til He Died – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

Jean’s harsh sobs brought Max’s secretary, whose heart was as big as her beehive hairdo, to his office door. Summer-bright in a yellow tunic and white caprice, Barb looked at him questioningly. As awkward as most men in the face of feminine meltdown, Max cleared his throat. “How about some iced tea, Jean? Hey, Barb, bring us some of your special fruit tea and good lemon pie.” Jean using a handkerchief provided by Max
Oct 04, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Booth Wagner is BMOC on Broward's Rock island, due to his multi-millions. Doesn't make him any less of a jerk, though, and when he's shot to death at an outdoor talent show, there's no shortage of suspects. Up top is Jean Hughes, the unqualified manager of "The Haven," a YMCA-like place for kids. Booth brought her in as a joke, unbeknownst to her, and now he's had his fun, he wants her out. She desperately needs the job, though--her sister is dying of cancer. She asks Max Darling for help, and h ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok
"Intrigue and foul play are no strangers to the idyllic South Carolina sea island of Broward's Rock. Mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling and her husband, Max, who specialize in solving problems, plunge into a startling web of danger and deceit when a trio of deaths is linked to the island's youth recreation center.

"With the evidence mounting against her, the center's director seeks out Max to clear her name. When it comes to intrigue, where Max goes, Annie isn't far behind. To save an innocent
Syd Perry
Jan 02, 2013 Syd Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in the summer of 2010, I entered a contest to win a book from Carolyn Hart's new ghost series. It was a random drawing, and my name wasn't drawn.

I mentioned in my contest email that I am an Oklahoma librarian and love the Death on Demand series. Carolyn sent me an email telling me that I didn't win but asked if I would like to have a Death on Demand book instead. Well of course I would. So she sent me a signed copy of Laughed 'Til He Died.

It's taken me 2 years to finish this wonderful book
Vanessa James-brooks
May 17, 2010 Vanessa James-brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends,Family, and all others
Recommended to Vanessa by: Harper Collins
Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 978-0-06-145309-0
Annie, Max’s wife, owns a mystery bookstore called Death on Demand. At first, she’s not comfortable with Max taking Jean as a client. But that changed with the death of a young member from the Haven and the death of one of the Haven’s directors with Jean being the police’s number one suspect.( just a little teaser)

This is the first of her Death on Demand books that I have had a chance to read and I have to say I loved it . Carolyn Hart holds you in
Jun 04, 2010 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's not to like in a Carolyn Hart "Death on Demand" cozy mystery? The story takes place on fictional island Broward's Rock just off Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (one of my favorite places in the entire world) and Annie Darling owns a mystery bookstore where she is constantly dropping the names of mystery writers--some of whom I have discovered through this series. Having said that, I think that this is one of the weaker books in this series. The characters seem to have been a bit one-di ...more
May 28, 2011 Lbaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Death on Demand series never seems to miss. I enjoy the characters, there are so many that I am happy to catch up with - Annie, Max, Henny, Rachel, Laurel and more.

Ms. Hart has the skill of ensuring that the victim is never much missed, and that intrepid hardworking Annie will make her lists and follow through, searching to help those that need it.

I am always on the look out for a bookstore called Death on Demand, where I know I'll be welcomed with all the mysteries I've ever loved and man
May 19, 2011 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'm not a huge fan of the Death on Demand series but they make for enjoyable reads. Max and Annie get caught up in a series of murders that all seem to lead back to the director of Haven. But why would Jean kill two kids? The police don't even believe that those deaths are murders much less connected to the murder of a well-known community benefactor. It turns out that said community benefactor wasn't such a nice guy and that Jean was only one of several people with reasons to kill Booth. But it ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: Annie and Max Darling, bookstore owners
SETTING: South Carolina
SERIES: #20 of 20
WHY: A large part of my problem with this book is due to my hardboiled reading tastes. Mostly, amateur sleuths and cozies are not to my taste. We discussed a Death on Demand book years ago, and my feelings haven't changed after all these years. The adoring Annie and Max Darling are just too unreal for me. I don't know why they feel they must solve crimes and not leave that to the police. The r
May 30, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I wish Death on Demand was in my neighborhood! I have always thought it sounded like a great place.
I have forgotten how many books are in this series, but like so many recent additions to series I read these days, this latest installment did little for me. The recurring characters, whom I usually enjoy, seemed stale and formulatic this time around. I mean, how many times can the police not listen to Annie and Max? You think they would have learned by now. I was very glad that this was a library
I still enjoy these, but this one felt a lot like all the rest. Same lovely Broward's Rock locale, same fabulous Death on Demand bookstore, same plucky group of women, same breezy wealthy handsome Max, and same lovable Annie Darling with her freckled nose and calm grey eyes. The mystery itself seemed both bland and overwrought, if that's possible. The suspects were so melodramatic. The victim was so hateful. The plotting felt a little labored. Everything fell flat for me until the final few chap ...more
Another enjoyable read/listen. The mystery was interesting and the plot was pretty good. I both enjoy and get annoyed with the author's continual praising of other mystery books - it fits with Annie's character and career, of course, and while it's fun to get some suggestions (or enjoy my own thoughts about the ones mentioned), it's also a bit tedious as the information is presented in large chunks which I find cumbersome. That said, it's a good series, but not a great series.
I have only one question; what happened to the envelope of "blackmail money" Darren Dubois detached from the end of the pier? Sure, it could have gone with him into the water, but unless it was very heavy, it probably would have floated, and no one even speculated about what happened to it after we hear from the teacher who rescues him from the water how Darren picked it up and immediately was shot.
When a murder follows a seemingly accidental death, and both of the dead are linked to Broward Island's youth center, the center's director Jean falls under suspicion. Jean's job security had just about evaporated, and she had her own, very personal, reasons for wanting to stay on the island. As evidence against her mounts, Annie and Max Darling, who believe in her innocence, try to find the real culprit.
May 26, 2016 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
interesting story. but It took me longer to read this one than the other book by Carolyn hart that I read and I found another book I really liked so I have been choosing to read that one more than this one, and the decided since I was farther in this one than the other one, and should just finish it out. I still like all the characters in the death on demand series, but this book is one of my less favorite ones.
 Barb Bailey
Mystery books are really not my favorite genre. But Carolyn Hart's book was not half bad. At least, I did not figure out who did it until the end. Carolyn managed to put enough twists in the mix to keep me guessing . This was a likable book with likeable characters and an easy read. But still .... I'm not planning to read the other 19 books in her series.
May 11, 2010 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, x2010, library
Annie and Max Darling are quickly becoming a favorite mystery couple for me, and along with the cast of "regulars" who live in Broward's Rock, SC, promise hours of mysteriously happy reading as I catch up on 1-18 in this series. Then, there's all the titles and authors that Annie recommends....

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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
What can I say about a 'Death on Demand' book? It was as good as she gets. I love the characters and would love to have them as neighbors. I want to own the bookstore and eat lunch each day with them.

The mystery was solid and I was confused which is just what I want in a mystery. I do not want to know who did it at the beginning.

Now, I have to await her next book...I'm waiting...
Feb 28, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good "Death on Demand" mystery. Annie and Max Darling and the characters of Broward Island, S. C. make for an interesting story with a number of twists and turns. Also points out the problems that result from bullying-- especially in an adult situation and how in some respects some people never grow up. Greed too often rules.
Jul 11, 2013 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big lover of books that artificially entertain you. This book was a stereotypical murder mystery. The characters were flat, and the murderer was a simple deduction. I like reading these books only because I can read them fast and add them to my 100-read-books-a-year goal.
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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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