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Engaged To Die - A Death On Demand Mystery

(Death on Demand #14)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,361 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Large Print Home Library Edition
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published by William Morrow & Co, Inc. (first published 2003)
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Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: will-not-finish
Will not finish. Won't read more in this series. Here's why.

1) "death on demand" is a mystery bookstore. The author throws in references to other mysteries at least once per chapter. Specific books the bookstore customers bought (title and author) and a friend that challenges the protagonist with mystery trivia, to which she knows all the answers. This is distracting and doesn't add to the plot at all.

2) The protagonist makes decisions that are impossible to swallow as realistic. It's difficult
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story was a bore. While the Death on Demand series was initially very good, the stories now seem like a re-hash. In this one, it was fairly obvious who the murderer was very early on. Also, the constant references to Annie and Max's romantic liaisons became tiresome. We get it, Annie. Max is a hottie. We get it, Max, you want to get into bed with Annie at least 3x a day. Each of these books also feature a contest, where Annie hires a painter EACH month, to create several paintings of book c ...more
Taleese Walsh
Surprised her books receiving such high ratings. In this, only one I've read, characters not well developed at all. Just a very shallow, skim writing style. OK, to while away time and relax, but never grabs you by seat of pants. ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rays a lover of mysteries I enjoyed the insert of different mysteries writers. The characters didn't always fit the story.i do like Max, but find Annie too stubborn. She does not like to listen. It took too long to get to the first problem Annie came across. ...more
Julia Lednicky

I’ve heard about this highly acclaimed author for years and decided to give one of her mysteries a try. The premise was just too far fetched to work for me. The idea of the police agreeing to let mystery bookshop owner Annie, an untrained civilian, work alongside them on a murder investigation is just too far-fetched. Annie argues with the police, challenges them, and basically calls the shots. Her fawning, doting husband comes across as totally unbelievable as a character. If he’s
Chanel Sharp
The series is still going well. Mom found out she can borrow them of Hoopla and sense she can do text to speech, she can borrow by the cart full and consume them at an extremely fast rate.
This was not a bad one, but not one of mom's favorite either. A young lady who helps out at the bookstore meets a mysterious man on a peer at night. She falls in love with him, but has no clue who this mysterious stranger is. Max and Annie get invited to a engagement party of a dear friend. They invite along ev
Pam Walker
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love is in the air on the Low Country island of Broward's Rock: Annie is passionately devoted to her charming husband, Max; her young holiday helper, Chloe, is entranced by the sexy stranger she's been meeting late at night on the pier; and widow Virginia Neville is about to mix business with pleasure by announcing her engagement at the opening of her gallery's exciting new exhibit, but not everyone is ready to wish Virginia well. Her late husband's family believes she'll squander what should ha ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Engaged to Die , the 14th book in the Death on Demand series by Carolyn G. Hart, the January night is perfect for the party to celebrate the engagement between Virginia Neville and Jake O'Neill, but when the time arrives for the big announcement, Jake is nowhere to be found. That is, until someone finds his body with his head bashed in on the beach. And Chloe Martin, Annie's holiday assistant at her store, who has thought that Jake was dating her exclusively until she learns otherwise at the ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Carolyn Harts Death on Demand series.....the central character is Annie, who runs a mystery book store called Death on Demand. There are secondary characters that you love, love to hate and laugh with. Each story takes place with a new character, but it doesn't take away from the existing ones. It all just works. The only downside....there are numerous mystery titles that come up....from those listed on the coffee mugs to the monthly contest in the the titles mentioned when a n ...more
Virginia Neville is a former nurse. She is quite happy to be a wealthy widow. Even with her step-children. A reason she's especially happy is her much younger fiance. Too bad the man is murdered the night of their engagement party. Too bad the man wast he type to sleep around and had more than one bad relationship in his past. One of whom works for Annie -- when she becomes the chief suspect, it's Annie to the rescue.
There wasn't a lot of Laurel in this book which is nice but this was overall j
I used to read this series, but apparently I lost track of it somewhere along the way. So, now I'm catching up and remembering how much I enjoyed them. The characters are entertaining (all right, not always realistic, but fun) and the plots are convoluted enough to keep me interested. ...more
Helen Campbell
This is a reasonably good series mystery, with an interesting plot and setting. However, the excessive wordiness and descriptions (repetitive at times) were intrusive and interfered with, rather than enhanced, the narrative.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Annie and Max Darling novel.
Susan Moxley
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read that will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing to the very end of the Book.
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining during long commute
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery by Carolyn Hart. Max and Annie Darling are working to solve another murder that involves Annie's young assistant, Chloe. ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Love is in the air -- but, alas, so is murder.

"When wealthy, widowed art patron Virginia Neville officially announces her engagement to Jake O'Neill -- her handsome, charm, and much younger fiance -- at a gala gallery opening, not all the gathered friends and stepfamily are pleased. And before the last champagne bubble pops, murder disrupts the grand celebration. Bookstore owner Annie Darling has a vested interest in the investigation, and she's determined to untangle an unholy marriage of jeal
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Awake all night on pins and needles, October 22, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: Engaged to Die (Death on Demand Mysteries, No. 14) (Mass Market Paperback)
I have enjoyed this author, Carolyn Hart, and this series for several years. The Death on Demand with Annie & Max Darling is a great mystery series. I've also read many Henrie'O and Bailey Ruth books by the same author.
I started listening to this wonderful story on CD and couldn't turn it off. In this story Jake is eng
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first mystery by Carolyn Hart that I've read (full disclosure: I didn't read it; I listened to the book on CD narrated by Kate Reading). It was a satisfying mystery in that I could keep the plot and characters straight, even when some time had elapsed between listening sessions; the principal characters were pretty engaging; and I didn't figure out who the murderer was before the book revealed it.
Annie Darling, the adored wife of Max Darling, runs a book shop specializing in mysterie
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is not a typical book from this series.

It's focused more on characters who aren't fully developed - she spends most of the book on these characters. It doesn't really contain the series "regulars" that have more depth and texture...that many readers have grown to love.

It's almost a little detour, this book. It's entertaining enough, but there is something unsatisfying about it as a mystery to me. as an intellectual exercise, it's entertaining, but I just didn't really care what happens to
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#14 in the death on demand mystery series featuring Max and Annie Darling set on the small island of Broward's Rock off the South Carolina coast. Story involves a wealthy art gallery owning island family with the widow about to announce her engagement to a younger man who is found murdered during the celebration. Annie and Max attend the gathering are on scene shortly after the murder whose main suspect is a young girl who works for Annie in her bookstore. Annie firmly believes that she is innoc ...more
Rachel N.
Wealthy Virginia Neville is throwing a party to announce her engagement to the much younger artist Jake O'Neill. A murder mars their engagement party and Annie Darling becomes involved when the assistant in her store, Chloe Martin, becomes a prime suspect. There is a sub plot involving a bad night manager at a retirement home. This subplot seems to only be there to add about fifty pages to the book and to add some drama to the ending. The ending seemed rushed and a good explanation of all the mu ...more
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been such a long time since I read this book. Now that I think, of it, why don't I read more by this author? It's part of a successful series, and I need to get busy and find some more.

This one is about a step-family and an art gallery. But the sleuths are "Darling". or at least that's their surname. I'll let you know if I find more of these.
Reenie Peppers
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I'm quite fond of this particular series. Usually I don't guess the murderer until shortly before the reveal. The ending and motives are always well-presented and plausible. The books always include the titles and authors of other mystery books - this introduces the reader to other good mystery titles. ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I enjoyed this "Death on Demand" series mystery even more than the first one I read. (This is my second)I listen to these and I like the narrator (Mitzi Friedlander). This book kept my interest going from the start! ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun setting for a mystery series: an island off the Carolina coast. Our heroine owns a mystery book shop. There are many references to classic and contemporary mysteries, and that was fun. As far as mysteries go, it was mildly entertaining in spite of some real improbabilities.
Claire A
I am hooked!! Death on Demand is a series of 25 books and I loved everyone. Max & Annie are delightful! Keep a notepad by your side and write down the names and authors of all the new books mentioned that you’re going to want to read.
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A page turner. Really well written. I'm tempted to skip to the end because I have no idea whodunit! ...more
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mystery as I had never read any by Carolyn Hart before.
Meh. Predictable mystery-romance. Helped me pass the time until I have access to a full library again.
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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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Death on Demand (1 - 10 of 26 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)
  • A Little Class on Murder (Death on Demand, #5)
  • Deadly Valentine (Death on Demand, #6)
  • The Christie Caper (Death on Demand, #7)
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