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Death Walked In
Death on Demand mystery #18

by Carolyn Hart

      The serene surface of life on Broward’s Rock, South Carolina is disrupted with the news of the theft of eight 20 dollar gold Double Eagle coins valued at 2 million dollars, from the collection of Geoffrey Grant. There is no scarcity of suspects as all of his stepchildren are there for his birthday celebration and they all need money.

At Confidential Commissions, Max Darling receives a call from a frightened sounding woman asking for his help. Because of a previous disastrous experience with a frightened sounding woman, he refuses and tells his secretary to tell her to call the police. The woman calls again and his secretary refers the call to Max's wife Annie. The woman claims to have hidden something in Franklin House, which the Darlings are restoring. She is afraid. Annie rushes to her house just in time to catch the woman's dying words.

Max's conscience bothers him as he feels he might have saved her life. So he is determined to find the murderer. While the Darlings search their Franklin House for the hidden package, another murder occurs. They find a connection between the murders and the stolen coins but have many suspects to study before they find the real culprit.

As usual, Death Walked In is a delightful, suspenseful mystery. The Darlings are a resourceful and loving couple with the usual trio of friends to help them solve their mystery. The flora and fauna of the locale are beautifully described. The descriptions make the reader wish to be there.

Let us not forget the resident felines, Agatha and Dorothy L. Annie has her usual paintings depicting a scene from a mystery. I have read 14 Death on Demand books and I have yet to identify one of the paintings! And I thought I knew my mysteries!

Highly recommended for a pleasant afternoon on the patio with a glass of iced tea...

Reviews of other titles in this series

Sugarplum Dead #12
April Fool Dead #13
Engaged to Die #14
Murder Walks the Plank #15
Death of the Party #16
Dead Days of Summer #17
Death Walked In #18 [review 1] [review 2]
Dare to Die #19
Laughed ’til He Died #20
Dead by Midnight #21
Death Comes Silently #22
Dead, White and Blue #23
Death at the Door #24

The Book

William Morrow / HarperCollins
March 25, 2008
Cozy Mystery

The Reviewer

Barbara Buhrer
Reviewed 2008
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