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Death on Demand (Death On Demand #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  6,787 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
The prime suspect in the murder of author Elliot Morgan, Annie Laurance Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, embarks on an investigation in an attempt to clear her name.
ebook, 224 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by Crimeline (first published February 1987)
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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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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
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Great first book to this series.
After reading a few in the middle, I know I'm a rebel, I got my hands on the very first one. I enjoyed it and will continue on from here.
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
Aug 19, 2009 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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.
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,
Nov 12, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2008 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 in which s/he complained about the dialogue but also the idiotic things the main character did. I thought the "name ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Death On Demand is a Bookstore on Broward's Rock Island in South Carolina. It is owned and run by Annie Laurance. When during a book signing by Elliot Morgan of her latest book during a weekly gathering of Famous Mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive the Bloody Sword is mighter than a pen . When Elliot Morgan is found murdered in the locked bathroom in the book store. Annie becomes the prime suspect. So she sets out to catch the killer with the help of her Boyfriend ...more
This is the first book in the Death on Demand series (it is an older series). I have had the book on my TBR list for several years. I enjoyed this cozy mystery-it had a setting that I liked (island off of South Carolina), the main character owned a bookstore and a small but close group of suspects. It was a fast read and enjoyable read.
I read Death on Demand (not the one by Gordon Ashe--a pseudonym of John Creasey) quite some time ago (years ago), and decided to revisit it since it has been so long that frankly, I couldn't remember much about it except the bare bones outline of Annie Laurence inheriting her uncle's bookstore and making a go of it, and acquiring a rich beau (Max) who wants to marry her as soon as he can get her to say "yes." Oh, and that it was quite good.

Well, that's not quite true--it's more than that. It's a
Aug 08, 2010 Hattie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 16, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"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
Dec 18, 2011 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 31, 2015 Jazz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a reread of a book that brought me back to mystery reading in the 1980s. The first in the Death on Demand series, it incorporated some of my favorite elements in a mystery: island setting (in this case, off the coast of South Carolina), bookshop owner as the main character, and other mystery writers providing the closed group of suspects. I loved the many references to classic mystery titles, reminding me I have so many more to read. A very entertaining read. 3.5 stars rounded up to fou ...more
Cait S
Dec 31, 2014 Cait S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so pleasantly surprised by this book. I'm always a little wary of cozy mysteries because they can be so unbearably cheesy and eyeroll worthy. But this is not that. This is a great little murder mystery with an interesting (if not slightly too large) cast of characters. While I can take or leave Annie herself, her boyfriend/partner Max completely won me over from the start.

I don't know that you're supposed to say murder mysteries are "feel good" books, but this is. It's just an easy, relaxin
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.
Nov 04, 2014 NotQuiteAllHere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cooking, cozy
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.
I didn't feel the love for this book at all. I would read a chapter put it down come back and read another chapter. I finally just released, I need to just move on. I have a few other books begging me to start them and that is what I'm going to do.
This is the first book l've read by this author and I enjoyed it. I will be reading on in this series.
Elaine Meszaros
Dec 03, 2014 Elaine Meszaros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a complete list of books recommended in the Death on Demand series? Well, here ya go:
A good first in series, with likeable characters. I'll certainly read some more.
Good story and characters. Took me to about the first third of the book to realize this is the series Mystery Woman on Hallmark is based on. Surprised Max is different in the book, but made me like the book a bit more. I have read a few of Hart's other series and enjoyed them and this one. Typical cozy mystery, will continue with the series
Jun 11, 2017 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cleverly crafted light mystery with charming sleuths Annie and Max in their first of a long series of Death on Demand novels. Entertaining story line with only problem of overkill on too many references to other mystery titles which slows readers pace.
Is there a rule that mystery bookstore owners have to be the prime suspect in the first tale in the series? ("Booktown"...) Not bad, not great; I'll try one or two more, then decide about continuing.
Mar 12, 2017 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an older, dated mystery book. (Some of the plot hinges upon the use of a floppy disk.... ) Overall though, it is a pretty standard murder mystery with a romance twist. I knew the killer way before the big reveal - it was obvious. If you were headed to the beach and needed a paper-back for entertainment then this would be a good one. But I wouldn't really recommend it otherwise.
Feb 27, 2017 Aerykah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 1-or-2-stars, 2017
Did not finish this one. It's not worth reading. And there's inappropriate content too.
Apr 21, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 60 pages took me a week to read (not because of the book, but because of my absolute exhaustion from work); I read the rest of it this afternoon. I actually really enjoyed this cozy mystery, and I love that Annie Laurance's favorite mystery author is the same as mine (Agatha Christie, of course).

I'm not entirely sure the first 2 chapters are necessary (one is short and basically provides a list of the murderer's devices, i.e. rubber gloves; the second one describes the death of the isl
Aug 03, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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