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Death at the Door
Death on Demand Series #24
Carolyn G Hart

Penguin Group
5/6/2014/ ISBN 9780425266175
Mystery / Cozy / USA / Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Just when Annie is enjoying her bookstore and getting the latest paintings out, things go south in Broward’s Rock. An artist is charged with the murder of his wife. Annie and Max are sure he’s innocent. Max leads the investigation as Annie follows. They butt heads with Police Chief Billy, who resents Annie’s amateur sleuthing. The body count rises -- one death being a close friend. With too many murders and too few clues, it’s overwhelming. Then they discover some people are holding back valuable information. Annie asks her mystery group for help (Henny, Emma, and her mother-in-law, Laurel). How will they solve it?

Death at the Door begins with Hart’s usual introduction of the characters, but this time she amps up the suspense as the victim senses something is about to happen. It certainly had me mesmerized. The suspect list shifts endlessly as Hart supplies plenty of twists and turns. I enjoyed trying to figure it out. I also have to say mother in law Laurel shows a softer side in this mystery. It’s about time because I was ready to give up on her as a character. Readers are reminded of how wealthy, beautiful and intelligent Max and Annie are as they live the good life on an island, drive fast cars and have a bookstore as a hobby. We should all be so lucky.

Highly Recommended.

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


Reviewed 2014