Sunday, 29 November 2009

BOOK: "Death on Demand" by C. Hart

Title: Death on Demand (1st book in the Death on Demand series)

Author: Carolyn G Hart

Type: Mystery

Pages: 212

Synopsis: Annie Laurance owns the quaint mystery book shop "Death on Demand" in the picturesque island of Broward's Rock, South Carolina. During a weekly gathering of mystery writers at the bookstore a local author is killed. Annie becomes a prime suspect. Along with her old flame Max Darling, she tries to clear her name but ends up getting more and more muddled in the crime.

My Thoughts: A good mystery with a classic mystery feel. I felt like I figured out who dunnit half way through but then the author threw some curve balls and made me second guess myself. I found it amusing reading a book that was written in the mid-80's. In the beginning of the book the main character, Annie, describes one of the quick-witted women as having the mental quickness of a PCjr!! Yup, a wee bit outdated lol. But the writing is good and the storyline has lots of twists and turns.

The one thing that I didn't enjoy was all of the references to mystery authors and books that I haven't read yet. I guess I need to bone up on my older mysteries (ie Agatha Christie etc) so I can understand her references.

My Rating: 3.5/5 (a good read)


Beth said...

If you're going to try just one Agatha Christie book, make it The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I guarantee that you will not guess the identity of the murderer. One of the best mysteries that I have ever read!

Laurie said...

I've read one Agatha Christie (I can't remember which one) and I didn't like it. I was so let down. I'll try the one you suggested ... once I get through the STACK of mysteries I picked up last week. I'm going through a mystery phase. :)

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