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At Annie Laurance's Death on Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked shelves. Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen.

With Annie in the unenviable position of primary police suspect, the pretty young mystery maven and her wealthy paramour, Max Darling, embark on an investigation into a classic locked-room mystery with high stakes. Failing to unmask a brutal and ingenious killer could mean prison for Ms. Laurance. Success could mean her death. Who could plot a murder better than a mystery writer?

©1987 Carolyn G. Hart (P)2012 Random House Audio

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  • Dianna
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-02-12

It's an ok read

I'm sure this is a good book, However, it just didn't do it for me. The characters were likable and the plot was good. But it didn't keep my interest. After the first few chapters I skipped to the end for the final summation. I will probably go back and listen to it from beginning to end later. But, I have to give it 3 stars because I liked the idea of the book. It's not bad it just wasn't me.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 09-16-13

1st in the series

The early books in this series have just recently become available on Audible.com. I listened to this after hearing several later in the series. It was very interesting to finally get the initial introduction to the characters. There are bits of the plot which are somewhat immature, but that's made up for by the overall charm. There are not that many classical style ratiocination mysteries written anymore, and it's great to listen to one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandy
  • Baker City, OR, United States
  • 01-02-13

Thoroughly Enjoyed It.

I've been looking for a new cozy mystery series and stumbled on Death on Demand. I am up to book #8 and I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. The history of the South Carolina coupled with the mysteries make it very interesting.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Read!!

I have read or listened to every Death on Demand book in the series. I love Kate Reading. She does a good job of reading.

This is light reading, but, interesting good story and always surprise endings

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not for me

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Twilight fans who also enjoy cozy mystery stories & light readings.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Kate Reading is a wonderful audiobook narrator. Nevertheless, a well-narrated cliched & predictable story is still a cliched & predictable story.

What character would you cut from Death on Demand?

The main character ... and her very good looking, smart, extremely rich love interest who loves the main character (and no other) so unconditionally. (Sounds familiar?)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An old favorite

I last read this book almost thirty years ago. Listening to the audiobook brings this story back to life again. I love how technology in the late 80's was so "primitive" and there weren't cell phones everywhere. Love the premise of Annie trying to solve a real murder by reviewing murder mysteries and what fictional detectives would do.

The audiobook definitely resurrects old favorites and makes for an enjoyable listen.

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Very Easy Listen

Would you listen to Death on Demand again? Why?

Yes... this is my third go round.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Didn't see it coming.

Which scene was your favorite?

Annie trying to get on the ferry.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme, but very relaxing.. I guess that could be extreme.

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  • K.
  • CARLSBAD, NM, United States
  • 05-23-14

Love, Love, Love Kate Reading

This was a good listen. I enjoyed the character development. For me one of the best things is Kate Reading's narration. Her talent brings a wonderful addition to the book.