Murder Walks the Plank (Death on Demand Mysteries, No. 15)

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9780060004743: Murder Walks the Plank (Death on Demand Mysteries, No. 15)

It's "Corpse ahoy!" when death takes a pleasure cruise -- as we set sail once more with that incomparable, crime-solving duo, the Darlings.

Annie Darling, popular proprietress of the Death on Demand bookstore, has done it again! Her murder-mystery cruise in the waters off her not-always-idyllic isle of Broward's Rock is sure to be a roaring success, with every participant dressing up as a favorite fictional sleuth. And sure enough, everything goes swimmingly -- until one of the revelers plunges overboard. And despite hubby Max Darling's courageous rescue attempt, faux murder turns all too quickly into real-life death.

Over the next few days, the body count rises and Annie strongly suspects that all the victims were murdered most foully and that they are all connected in some unknown way. The trick now will be to prove it, with the able assistance of investigator-spouse Max, best friend and best customer Henny Brawley, local bestselling superstar Emma Lloyd, and even (surprise!) Annie's normally ditsy mother-in-law, Laurel.

But what the intrepid crime solvers do not realize is that the killer they seek is more ingeniously efficient than most -- and the puzzle they wish to solve is, in reality, a time bomb packed with an explosive mix of arson, assault, kidnapping, robbery . . . and homicide, of course. One false step and Annie and her canny cohorts will be blown off Broward's Rock for good . . . and they'll sink like stones into the cold, briny deep.

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About the Author:

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of twenty previous Death on Demand novels. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is also the creator of the Henrie O series, featuring a retired reporter, and the Bailey Ruth series, starring an impetuous, redheaded ghost. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City.

Review:

“Winning...this latest can only reinforce Hart’s high standing among the cozy mystery cognoscenti.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A superb whodunit.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Well-plotted.” (Dallas Morning News)

“If I were teaching a course on how to write a mystery, I’d make Carolyn Hart required reading.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Displays the charm and coziness of Christie.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“A lively tale with well-drawn characters.” (Orlando Sentinel on Sugarplum Dead)

“The Darling duo is as winning as ever.” (Baltimore Sun)

“The reigning monarch of the amateur sleuth mystery delivers royally.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“Tantalizing. . . . Keeps the reader guessing all the way.” (Denver Post)

“Carolyn Hart’s large following will likely hail this latest Darling caper as - what else? - simply darling.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)

“One of the cleverest puzzle plots around.” (Toronto Globe and Mail)

“Hart creates lively, sympathetic characters and interesting locales and maintains a snappy pace.” (Booklist)

“An essential purchase.” (Library Journal)

“Carolyn Hart has served up yet another delicious mystery that kept me guessing until the end. YUM!” (Diane Mott Davidson)

“I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for Carolyn Hart’s Annie and Max series.” (Robert Crais)

“Carolyn Hart’s craftsmanship makes her mystery’s Queen of Cs—cozy, clever, and chock full of charm.” (Mary Daheim)

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