Monday, February 14, 2011

Dead by Midnight-Carolyn Hart

Dead by Midnight
Carolyn Hart
Morrow, Mar 29 2011, $24.99
ISBN 9780061914973

In barrier island Broward’s Rock, South Carolina, Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, scoffs at the government’s official position that her employee Pat Merridew committed suicide. Pat had lost her job as receptionist at Jamison, Jamison, & Brewster law firm and was planning an expensive Alaskan cruise she could not afford. Finally Pat was reportedly doing late night hour sojourns.

Annie and her private investigator husband Max investigate with a close look at law partner Glen Jamison, his family and the firm especially his associates. Someone shoots and kills Glen with the evidence proving his sister Elaine committed the homicide. However, Annie and Max think she is innocent as they believe the prime suspect protects someone who is involved in both deaths.

The latest Death on Demand whodunit (see Laughed 'Til He Died) is a refreshing locked room cozy as the Darlings find this case somewhat personal due to Pat’s death. With the usual interwoven references to other mystery authors and their titles, fans will relish the delightful darling Darlings as they investigate two Dead by Midnight.

Harriet Klausner

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