Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dare To Die by Carolyn Hart

Dare To Die is the 19th in Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand Mystery Series featuring Annie and Max Darling, owners of Death on Demand bookstore ("the best mystery bookstore north of Miami"). 

From Publishers Weekly:
In Agatha-winner Hart's 19th Death on Demand mystery set in Broward's Rock, S.C., Annie Darling and husband, Max, invite Iris Tilford, a troubled young woman who used to live in the island community and has recently returned, to a party they're giving at the Broward's Rock pavilion. The party ends in tragedy with Annie and Max's discovery of Iris's strangled body on a path in the surrounding pine woods. Annie promises police chief Billy Cameron she won't meddle in the investigation, but when the killer targets her and Max, she breaks her vow. The plot neatly builds to an exciting climax in the Agatha Christie tradition, with all the suspects gathered near the scene of the crime, each with a strong motive for murder. Hart assembles her usual distinctive supporting cast, including wacky celebrity mystery writer Emma Clyde.

For some reason, I had been avoiding this series by Carolyn Heart but picked up Dare To Die on my last library visit and now will look to catch up on this series.  The book was full on allusions to actual mystery authors, and I came away with a list of mysterys to check out and add to my ever-growing Mystery Mt. TBR.

Rating:  4/5 (Mystery Scale)

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