Books by Carolyn Hart

GHOST WANTED by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Hart's amusing and vivacious ghostly sleuth (Ghost Gone Wild, 2013, etc.) puts her invisibility, her gusto and her sharp mind to good use in her latest outing."
The heavenly Department of Good Intentions relies on one of its best, but least obedient, sleuths to solve a puzzling case. Read full book review >
GHOST GONE WILD by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Hart's ghost mysteries (Ghost in Trouble, 2010, etc.) are often amusing and never easy to solve. Bailey Ruth's latest is one of her toughest cases."
A heavenly sleuth gets hijacked on her way to apply for a new case. Read full book review >
DEAD, WHITE, AND BLUE by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 2013

"Annie and Max (Death Comes Silently, 2012, etc.) tackle multiple suspects and clues reminiscent of the classic mysteries offered at their bookstore. Their fans will enjoy rooting among the suspects in preparation for a denouement straight out of Agatha Christie."
A sexy homewrecker gets hers. Read full book review >
WHAT THE CAT SAW by Carolyn Hart
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Veteran Hart (Death Comes Silently, 2012, etc.) launches a new series with a combination of red herrings, romance and what some readers will consider the bonus of a psychic cat."
A fill-in job lands a young woman right in the middle of a murder case. Read full book review >
DEAD BY MIDNIGHT by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2011

"Hart's latest cozy puzzler casts a net that will ensnare a wide audience."
A mystery bookseller once more finds real-life murders harder to solve than the ones in the books she loves. Read full book review >
GHOST IN TROUBLE by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Delightful Bailey Ruth solves the tough case with panache."
The latest case for one of Heaven's cleverest sleuths forces her to break a lot of rules. Read full book review >
MERRY, MERRY GHOST by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Irrepressible Bailey Ruth's sophomore entry is a lighthearted tale, with the murders upstaged by the joys of the Christmas season."
After all the trouble a redheaded ghost ran into on her first mission for Heaven's Department of Good Intentions (Ghost at Work, 2008), can she do better the second time around? Read full book review >
DARE TO DIE by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 2009

"Like its predecessors (Death Walked In, 2008, etc.), a cozy warranted to make more uncouth readers spit up fur balls and lace their tea with single-malt scotch. Longtime fans will welcome the usual suggestions for further mystery reading, all couched in genially undemanding prose."
The bookselling Darling duo once again prowl amongst their Broward Rock friends for clues to murders past and present. Read full book review >
GHOST AT WORK by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"The newest sleuth from veteran Hart (Death Walked In, 2008, etc.) is a charming addition to the swelling ranks of ghostly detectives."
A heaven-sent sleuth rescues a pastor's wife from a possible murder charge. Read full book review >
DEATH WALKED IN by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 2008

"One of Max and Annie's more absorbing adventures, even though it telegraphs the killer's identity early on."
The theft of some valuable coins has murderous consequences. Read full book review >
DEAD DAYS OF SUMMER by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2006

"The Darlings don't work as a Tommy and Tuppence duo this time, but Annie's fans will enjoy her moxie as she goes it alone."
Max Darling is jailed for murder, and his wife Annie (Death of the Party, 2005, etc.) goes undercover to prove his innocence. Read full book review >
DEATH OF THE PARTY by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2005

"Nothing you couldn't give your gran. Others may find themselves checking their watches as the innocent cower in terror."
In Hart's latest Agatha Christie homage, Max and Annie Darling join a party on an isolated private island to help pick a killer from ten suspects. Read full book review >
LETTER FROM HOME by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Even hard-hearted readers who quibble that the plot is slender and transparent will be touched by Gretchen's bruising encounters with wartime morality and Hart's '40s rendition of rationing, manless households, and feminine gumption."
Coming of age means coming to terms with death in this two-hankie departure from Hart's more facile Annie Darling and Henrie O series (April Fool Dead, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
ENGAGED TO DIE by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2003

"Annie and her best customer Henny (April Fool Dead, 2002, etc.) offer up more titles and authors for mystery readers to sample, although this by-the-numbers offering would hardly qualify for anybody's must-read list."
When Nathaniel Neville died and left his fortune to the nurse who became his second wife, his son and daughter-in-law, daughter and son-in-law, and sister were all a mite upset, even though Virginia did promise to make them her heirs. Read full book review >
SECRETS by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Otherwise, simple and predictable fare."
The creator of bookstore proprietor Annie Darling (April Fool Dead, 2002, etc.) and former journalist Henrie O (Resort to Murder, 2001, etc.) temporarily abandons them for a trip to the attic. Read full book review >
RESORT TO MURDER by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 25, 2001

"A very pretty Bermuda travelogue, but the wedding tourists are nowhere near as intoxicating as the frangipani and the tulip trees."
Back for the first time since Death in Paradise (1998), Hart's aging, widowed, former journalist sleuth Henrie O accompanies her grandchildren Diana and Neal Drake to Bermuda for their dad and her ex-son-in-law Lloyd's wedding to wealthy Connor Bailey. Read full book review >
APRIL FOOL DEAD by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"But devotees of the Death on Demand series (Sugar Plum Dead, 2000, etc.) will probably adore the mystery quizzes, the suggested reading titles, and the serene hubris that lets amateurs believe they can outsolve the pros."
Having plastered teensy Broward Rock, South Carolina, with flyers announcing local super-author Emma Clyde's upcoming book signing at Death on Demand, proprietor Annie Darling is extremely agitated when someone cribs her style and issues similar-looking flyers that accuse locals of hit-and-run driving, adultery, the wrongful incarceration of wife-killer Jud Hamilton, the inappropriately accidental verdict assigned to Emma's second husband's drowning, and the fatal mishap of a tipsy heiress aboard a yacht. Read full book review >
THE RICH DIE YOUNG by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Even devoted Hart fans will understand why this dinosaur remained in the closet for so long."
Long before she perfected her craft with her Annie Darling and Henrie O. series, Hart's learning curve included this simplistic early endeavor with a staunch but foolhardy heroine, a wisp of a romance, and perfunctory language skills. Read full book review >
SUGAR PLUM DEAD by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A map of the castle-like premises would have been both helpful and eminently compatible with such quaint clues as the disembodied voice at the séance, the shot in the dark, the Dobermans, and the cui bono lists."
Annie (the mystery bookshop proprietor) and Max (the well-heeled golfing fanatic) Darling tackle the 12th discombobulation (White Elephant Dead, 1999, etc.) to throw South Carolina's insular Broward Island into genteel chaos. Read full book review >
SKULDUGGERY by Carolyn Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Japanese relations pre- and post-war, is undercut by flat and repetitive writing."
This early novel from the author of the much admired Annie Laurance and Henrie O series, first published in Britain in 1984, stars San Francisco physical anthropologist Dr. Ellen Christie, whose romantic dinner plans are interrupted when young Jimmy Lee bursts in, empties his backpack, and asks her to assess some aged bone fragments. Read full book review >
DEATH BY SURPRISE by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

Family skeletons rattle ominously when the police in La Luz, California, accuse Kenneth Carlisle of killing nightclub dancer Francine Boutelle, and his disapproving sister, attorney K.C. Carlisle, risks their late father's honor by deciding to dig up the evidence that might free him of this and a second murder—in this first US publication of an ingenious non-series novel from the author of the Henrie O. and Death on Demand series. Read full book review >
WHITE ELEPHANT DEAD by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Full of determinedly odd characters and heavily contrived motives, with references to fictional sleuths and mystery writers on nearly every page: overall, a downer that produces boredom and irritation in nearly equal degree."
Another of the author's labyrinthine exercises in detection on Broward's Rock, a small, gossipy island off the coast of South Carolina (Mint Julep Murder, 1995, etc.) where Annie Darling owns the Death on Demand bookstore and her husband Max is a private investigator. Read full book review >
DEATH ON THE RIVER WALK by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 1999

Retired journalist Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins's fifth case (Death in Paradise, 1998, etc.) takes her to scenic San Antonio, where an old friend's granddaughter, Iris Chavez, taken into the heart of the wealthy and mysterious Garza family, has disappeared from her job at the family's art and antiquities gallery after finding out perhaps a little too much about her gracious employers. Read full book review >
CRIME ON HER MIND by Carolyn Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Don Brown—are joined by two cases for Death on Demand bookstore owner Annie Darling (Mint Julep Murder, 1995, etc.) and two non-series mysteries in this varied, but uniformly genteel, collection."
Eight adventures of retired journalist Henriette O'Dwyer Collins (Scandal in Fair Haven, 1994, etc.)—including Henrie O's historic first meeting with Lt. Read full book review >
YANKEE DOODLE DEAD by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Best of the author's recent outings."
The peaceful tenor of life in Broward's Rock, South Carolina, is at risk with the arrival on the island of retired Brigadier General Bud Hatch, a reactionary bully who detests gays, blacks, and anything that smacks of liberalism. Read full book review >
DEATH IN PARADISE by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1998

"Not up to this author's best."
It's been six years since newsman Richard Collins fell to his death off a cliff at Ahiahi, the Hawaiian estate of his longtime friend Belle Ericcson, a world-famous correspondent whose daughter CeeCee had been kidnapped and killed just a year before. Read full book review >
DEATH IN LOVERS' LANE by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 10, 1997

"Complex and suspenseful, written in a Christie-for-the-'90s style, this is a many-faceted exploration of campus life, ego trips, diverse personalities, and puzzle pieces finally made to fit."
A third appearance for onetime news reporter Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins (Scandal in Fair Haven, 1994, etc.)—Henrie O to friends and colleagues—a 60ish, widowed, financially independent, and nontenured professor at the Journalism School of Thorndyke University in Derry Hills, Missouri. Read full book review >
MINT JULEP MURDER by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Interminable references to whodunits past and present illuminate Hart's encyclopedic knowledge of the genre but do little to light up this talky, tedious exercise."
Annie Darling (The Christie Caper, 1991, etc.), owner of the Death on Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, is author liaison for the select group of five writers named Medallion winners at the Dixie Book Festival on neighboring Hilton Head Island. Read full book review >
CRIMES OF THE HEART by Carolyn Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A bargain in paperback — and just the thing to have handy while you're cooling your heels waiting for your valentine."
There are mystery anthologies for scary Halloween, and who knows how many for cheery Christmas, so why not Valentine's Day as well? Read full book review >
SCANDAL IN FAIR HAVEN by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"On the evidence here, Fair Haven must be the busiest, nastiest little hamlet in the galaxy."
Just because Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins (Dead Man's Island, 1993) has retired from reporting the news doesn't mean she's retired from asking nosy questions; and when Craig Matthews stumbles into the Tennessee vacation cottage she was to share with his stricken aunt gasping that he didn't kill his socialite wife, Patty Kay, she swiftly assumes the role of his aunt and takes up his cause. Read full book review >
DEAD MAN'S ISLAND by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"An overblown saga—with a plot that, when finally revealed in all its silly ramifications, defies belief; a tiresomely self- congratulatory new sleuth; and mostly cardboard characters."
After 30 years of noncommunication, investigative reporter- novelist Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins ("call me Henrie O") gets a call from a long-ago lover—media biggie Chase Prescott of Prescott Enterprises. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTIE CAPER by Carolyn Hart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1991

"Meanwhile, the author's knowledge of the genre is ever— and irritatingly—on show."
An elaborately plotted homage to Agatha Christie—once again featuring Annie Darling (Deadly Valentine, etc.), owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore on South Carolina's Browards Rock Island. Read full book review >
SETTLING OF ACCOUNTS by Carolyn Hart
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"Miss Hart used to write this kind of long-overdue nonsense for a juvenile audience she assumes never grew up."
"With every fiber of [her] heart" racing from pulse to beat, Kay Emery comes back to England 25 years after WW II, 25 years after she lost the "wheat-haired" young man she loved on a mission in which they were both involved, and 25 years after she was betrayed by the man who now surfaces behind the gavel of an auction gallery. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF THE CELLARS by Carolyn Hart
Released: Nov. 2, 1964

"It will also do for their younger sisters."
This year's Calling All Girls Prize Competition winner has considerable enterprise, less enigma, and involves Tish, her brother Mike, and her best friend Sally in the attempts to expose The House on 96th Street right in their own small town. Read full book review >