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Death On Demand

(Death On Demand #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,608 ratings  ·  336 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 195 pages
Published February 1987 by Crimeline
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Cheryl Landmark
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Set in fictitious Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, Death On Demand features mystery bookshop owner, Annie Laurance. When local author, Elliot Morgan, is murdered by a poison dart in her shop during the Sunday Night Regulars meeting, Annie becomes suspect number one. With the help of her friend, Max, Annie must find the real killer to prove her innocence.

I can't believe I've never read this series before. The island in the book is set near Hilton Head Island, one of our favorite vacation
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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
Aug 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first experience reading a novel by Carolyn G. Hart and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"Death on Demand" is the name of the bookshop which caters to my first choice of reading selections ~ Mystery and Detective Stories. With the numerous references to mystery titles and mystery authors throughout the story, I could now go back and savor exploration of those I did not recognize. I also appreciated the descriptive language used by Carolyn G. Hart that captured my attention and added to my
Julie Davis
Jul 20, 2010 rated it liked it
#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
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Annie Laurance owns a mystery book store on an island inhabited by a slew of literary sleuths. When one of the group is killed during one of their monthly gatherings, just as he was about to release the skeletons from their closets, the local law enforcement agent points his accusational finger directly at Annie. Another murder follows and soon past deaths are called into the queue as to who.
Annie has a cohort in finding that remedy in her ultra rich, back in touch beau, Max Darling.
Nov 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Rachelle Ayala
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread an old favorite of mine. I love how technology in the late 80's was so "primitive" and there weren't cell phones everywhere. Love the premise of Annie trying to solve a real murder by reviewing murder mysteries and what fictional detectives would do.
Cathy DuPont
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Georgiann Hennelly
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Connie N.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I'm torn with rating this book. On the positive side the mystery was pretty good, and I didn't figure it out until closer to the end. And the characters of Max and Annie were cute, although Annie seemed alternately impulsive and prissy. Negatively, though, there was a LOT of mention of famous mystery writers and their characters, most of which I was unfamiliar with. So a lot of the clever thinking was lost on me since I didn't recognize the books or the situations. I'd rate this book 2.5, but ...more
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.
Joan - xstitchfan
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The owner of a mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, on a beautiful South Carolina island finds herself the main suspect in a group of murders. Now, she must figure out the real murderer using her knowledge obtained from reading classic mystery books. There are many references to real mystery books throughout the story - a few of the books I had to research on Goodreads. This book was a very enjoyable read! I was hooked from the very first page - a list of supplies needed by a killer that is ...more
Valerie Tate
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of the Death on Demand mysteries but it has been a long time since I read the first one. It was written in 1987! I enjoyed meeting the characters again and the tension and competition between Annie and Max was good fun. There is a warmth to the book that seems to be missing in the more recent ones. There are lots of interesting characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading. I did think there were too many book references but that is a minor detail. All in all, a ...more
Chanel Sharp
What a great mystery read. The dynamic duo was awesome. I also loved how last minute the solution was. Mom found it interesting all the mystery book shout-outs. Mom and Aid can’t wait to read more about Max and Annie, along with Agatha the cat.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
One of the first cozy mystery series to feature a bookshop sleuth, Hart’s Death on Demand series has been on my list for a while.

I enjoyed the light read, mystery references and I didn’t guess the murderer until rather close to the end. Thought there was a few too many characters for the length of the book, fewer deeper stories perhaps.
Bonnie Drummond
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new series for me to read and I really liked this series. A new start in a new place and running a book store her Uncle owned and left to her when he died. But not alls good when a member of the Sunday Night Book Gathering dies in the book store and she accused of not only one but that of another and of her Uncle as well. So it's up to her and her befriend to find out the answer's before she's put in jail for good.
Really, really could not get into this book. Skimmed through it, and still didn't care who did it. It just didn't come together for me either in interest, characters, or storyline. Will not go forward with the series.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Annie is a bookstore owner with a problem. When murder strikes a pretentious author in front of her and other speakers, it becomes a rush to solve the crime and clear some names and reputations. Thankfully Annie has a strange friend who comes to visit the town and help her out.

Very cute! I'm not gaga over the main character since she's not fully bright and has a ridiculous temper and such, but her sidekick Max and cat Agatha bring up her appeal. The cast of mystery writers on a small island was
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
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. But she knows she didn't do it, and so does her boyfriend, Max. If the
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
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 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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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

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