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Dead by Midnight: Death on Demand    by Carolyn Hart Amazon.com order for
Dead by Midnight
by Carolyn Hart
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William Morrow, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Any time I get my hands on a Death on Demand mystery by who else? Carolyn Hart, I make note of the other mystery authors she recommends or quotes. I recognize most of them, but occasionally find a new one. Good to know when venturing near a bookstore.

Taking place on fictional Broward Island off the coast of South Carolina, Dead by Midnight presents a plethora of suspects in the killing of a woman who had just been fired from a law firm. It is first thought to be a suicide, but Annie Darling, owner of the mystery bookstore Death on Demand questions the ruling. Her doubt centers on a towel placed late at night in a gazebo!

Two more deaths quickly follow and a whole family is questioned by authorities, as Annie and her affable husband Max conduct their own investigation. Death by Midnight has a devilishly convoluted plot which is what we always expect from author Hart. She doesn't let us down in this one. Good story. And a delight to continue our friendships with the very likable characters especially Annie's mother-in-law Laura.

Good book. Exciting ending. Hart keeps coming up with new plots after twenty Death on Demand novels. Amazing.

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