Search Results: "Carolyn Hart"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >