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Death on Demand (Death On Demand #1)

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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  5,562 ratings  ·  207 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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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
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Diane
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 amazon.com in which s/he complained about the dialogue but also the idiotic things the main character did. I thought the "name ...more
Sara
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.
Jenn
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
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bookczuk
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
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,
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Cynthia
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
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Hattie
Aug 08, 2010 Hattie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Cait
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
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Kathleen Meacham
Normally I never read a series out of order, but for some reason I have been all over the place with this one. So finally after experiencing 6 of the other books, I decided to go back and see how it all started. Can you say characters, characters and more characters??!! With background, background, and more background!!! Fortunately, I already knew a few of them, but there were way too many -- so much so that I was concerned I would not even really have a good understanding of who the murderer w ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This first book in the series was basically, to me, an introduction to the characters, the island and the premise. I enjoyed the story, but would like to see more in the future books. I had heard a lot about how good this series was, so hope I am not disappointed in the next one. The nice thing about the book is the name dropping of great Mystery books and Authors that I will be able to investigate as well.

Annie has inherited her Uncle's Bookstore, Death on Demand. She has renovated it, started
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Andreia
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.
CMac G
Mar 17, 2015 CMac G rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Long Scooby Doo episode. How the characters call the murderer repeatedly brilliant is beyond me. Silly to try multiple murders on a remote island or at a party of 11. Writer loves using lists to fill in story. I won't follow this series-didn't realize til the end but looks like I missed earlier installments. Doubt I would have liked this even in my airplane escape novel days or my youth books that become movies. "Love" story is silly. As are the references to other famous mysteries or mystery ch ...more
NotQuiteAllHere
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.
Gail
The first book in a series. For some reason, I've never read this series. It's adorable. Annie inherited a mystery book store from her uncle, Death on Demand. It's located on a small island off the South Carolina coast. The island is an up-and-coming resort time with old time fisherman and townfolk. Many of the inhabitants are mystery writers, an eccentric and often obnoxious group of people. When one of them is murdered in the bookstore, Annie becomes the suspect number one. Her erstwhile lover ...more
Gina
A short cozy mystery featuring Annie, owner of a mystery bookstore on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, and Max, her suitor. The mystery is pretty good. Annie had to many TSTL moments for me to enjoy it much. I get that this series is supposed to develop into a husband/wife team of Max and Annie, but I cringed at most of their dialog. This is set in the late 80's ( early computers, cell phones, etc.), but they use phrases like "that would be swell" which jarred me between 1950's te ...more
Betterthanfiction
Looking for a complete list of books recommended in the Death on Demand series? Well, here ya go: http://betterthanfiction.net/death-on...
C.
Death On Demand” is a store, series, and introductory book. Wonderful detail is built into the foreground, background, and characters; whom I know will turn me into a fan. My first foray produced fewer stars, mostly due to what I dub ‘first volume blues’. Authors need to fiddle a while to make pieces fit, lay the scene out for us, and explain a bunch of personal history. A good series will bring more excitement with succeeding titles and that’s what higher feedback is for.

One fly in the ointmen
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Amberle Husbands
Good light reading. Okay, really light, but not irritatingly fluffy. Likeable characters -- though they seem a little bit simplistic at times -- and an intriguing setting for a whodunit. I have to say the reason I didn't enjoy this book more had a lot to do with the fact that there was just so much mystery-genre name dropping going on. It started to feel like, if you cut out all the name-dropping of other writers and their best works, you'd end up with about half the novel gone.
But, the plot wa
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Shirley
I hadn't before read this debut in the series and am thrilled to see that the plotting and characterization I know Carolyn Hart for is just as strong in the first of the series as it is in the rest. I had an inkling of suspicion about the killer but those thoughts were put away time and again as new evidence was introduced and I was happily surprised at the end.

Next to Agatha Christie, Carolyn Hart is my favourite mystery author. Her writing is witty, entertaining and suspenseful. A clever and
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Trudy
This is clearly a book written before the widespread use of personal computers or cell phones (it was published in 1993), but Annie's impetuous actions were still mind-boggling, and put her and Max in unnecessary danger.

The setting, a remote island bookstore specializing in mysteries was promising, but Hart's constant references to other famous (and not so famous) mystery writers and their characters got a bit tedious.

I really like Max, and I was annoyed with Annie's stubborn and foolish attitu
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Liz
Set in an island off South Carolina, Annie runs a bookstore for mystery lovers. Many mystery writers live on this island.
Annie holds Sunday evening meetings for book lovers. Elliot Morgan, has threatened Annie in several ways and she almost cancels the upcoming meeting.
Morgan is found dead during the meeting. But his is not the only death.
Annie is the chief suspect.
This is a quick little read with little literary merit except that the author shows her knowledge of mystery books. Her implanting t
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Kate
"At Annie Laurance's Death on Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder most foul suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked shelves. Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen.

"With Annie in the unenviable position of primary police suspect, the pretty young mystery maven and her wealthy paramour, Max Darling, em
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Patricia
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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Ruth
In a word: entertaining. In another word: fluffy.

I really did like this first volume in the Death on Demand series. I'll read number 2 and probably 3, 4, etc. But I had my issues. At first I was charmed by the mystery-genre name dropping, but after a while it just got too thick. I will forgive it since Hart so graciously included my personal favs, Nero and Arhchie. Possibly more potentially annoying to readers is that it seems too easy. I mean I don't read a mystery trying to solve it as a go a
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Book Concierge
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
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Julia
Elliot, a famous mystery writer, is murdered at a meeting of mystery writers. So which mystery writer is a cold-blooded killer? As it turns out, almost all of them have nasty skeletons in their closets. But which one killed Elliot?

Annie is neither a mystery writer nor a murderer, but as the owner of the bookstore Elliot was murdered in, she's Saulter, the police chief's, prime suspect. To clear her name, she and her ex, Max, take it upon themselves to figure out what really happened before Annie
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Amy
This story was ok. It was enjoyable enough, I liked the male main character (Max) quite well, and the female main character (Annie) was ok, too, although at times I found her to be far less of a believable character than Max. I also had the murderer figured out almost immediately, which is a bit of a strike against it for me.

The problem I had was the *constant* references to various mystery titles, authors, characters through out this entire book. This might possibly be clever if the reader was
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Sue
"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
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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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