A Death on Demand Mysteries

26 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,434 ratings

Death on Demand Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • Death on Demand

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 139

    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 is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen. With Annie in the 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It's an ok read

    • By Dianna on 07-02-12

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 2

    • Design for Murder

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    Invited to stage a Mystery Night for the annual antebellum house tour of the Historical Preservation Society of Chastain, South Carolina, Annie Laurance instead finds herself the leading lady in a flesh-and blood drama. The play's the thing when the curtain falls on grande dame Corinne Webster. While jeweled fingers point, accusing Annie of murder, the perpetrator lurks among the cast and the murder weapon is one of the props. Now it will take all of her sleuthing skills to discover the real killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Miriam R. Crump on 06-05-12

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 3

    • Something Wicked

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    Everyone - including mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance - loves Arsenic and Old Lace. But something wicked has poisoned a local summer stock production: The star, aging Hollywood beach-blanket hunk Shane Petree, butchers his lines - while getting top billing in bed with wives and teenage daughters around town. No wonder somebody wants to draw his final curtain. A pompous prosecutor tries to pin a murder on Max, Annie's own leading man. Unless Annie can prove her darling's innocence, their wedding date's off!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Death on Deman always something good!!

    • By Miriam R. Crump on 06-05-12

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 4

    • Honeymoon with Murder

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    Mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance, and detective Max Darling are finally tying the knot, but a bizarre sequence of events threatens to unravel this blissful marriage before it begins. The ceremony is barely over when the phone rings and a woman on the other end of the line screams bloody murder! The newlyweds rush to the scene of the crime only to discover that Ingrid Jones, Annie's bookstore assistant, has vanished, leaving the body of a neighborhood Peeping Tom on her living room rug.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • honeymoon w murder

    • By Claudia Tanseer on 11-19-16

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 5

    • A Little Class on Murder

    • Death on Demand Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    When mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance is invited to teach "The Three Great Ladies of the Mystery" class at Chastain Community College, the sometimes sleuth discovers that all is not strictly academic in Chastain's hallowed halls of learning. And when a shocking scandal in the school newspaper erupts in a suicide and two violent deaths, Professor Laurance enlists the talents of her new hubby, private eye Max Darling, and dons her thinking cap to probe intrigue and vengeance among Chastain's faculty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best in the series

    • By Linda on 04-18-15

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 6

    • Deadly Valentine

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    Mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance didn't really want to go to her neighbor's Valentine Day masked ball - particularly not after the voluptuous brunette made a pass at Annie's husband, Max. So when her dizzy mother-in-law, Laurel, made a surprise visit to Broward's Rock Island, Annie thought it would be a perfect excuse to skip the party. She should have known better: True to form, Laurel accepted the invitation for all three of them. But the biggest surprise of all came at the party's end, when Annie found the amorous hostess in the gazebo - murdered.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not The Best

    • By M. Giorgi on 02-24-16

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 7

    • The Christie Caper

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    In honor of Agatha Christie's 100th birthday, mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance Darling plans a week-long celebration of mystery, treasure hunts, and Christie trivia. But the last thing she or her guests expect is that the scheduled fun and mayhem will include a real-life murder. The unexpected arrival of Neil Bledsoe, the most despised book critic in America, was sure to raise a few hackles. An advocate of hard-boiled detection and gory true crime, Bledsoe drops a bombshell on the devoted Christie assemblage....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great twist!

    • By Mary on 11-03-16

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 8

    • Southern Ghost

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Carolyn G Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Annie can hardly believe it: The police say her husband, Max, sits behind bars. They speak of him with a beautiful blonde. By the time Annie bails Max out, the blonde has disappeared and Max is the prime suspect in a crime. The baffling, bloodstained trail leads to the home of the Tarrants, a venerable Southern family with a violent history dating back to the Revolution - and ghosts of a more recent vintage. Infighting and mayhem reign in the family, and a killer wants hide the secrets that haunt the Tarrants.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great mystery, great narrator.

    • By Carmela on 04-05-17

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 9

    • Mint Julep Murder

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Normally, Annie Laurence Darling would be eagerly awaiting her trip to this year's Dixie Book Festival. But this year Annie has agreed to be the author liaison to five authors honored with the Dixie Book Festival Medallions, and she fears she is going to have her hands full. What Annie doesn't count on is the untimely death of ambitious Mint Julep Press publisher Kenneth Hazlitt.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Mystery

    • By Beatrice on 05-04-15

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 10

    • Yankee Doodle Dead

    • Death on Demand Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Annie and Max Darling watch the Fourth of July festival explode not only with fun and fireworks, but with murder as well. A library board newcomer who also happens to be a retired Brigadier General maneuvers the theme of the festival, which is to benefit the library, into his own vision: "Points of Patriotism." His takeover attitude has alienated everyone, including Annie, who finds it difficult to ignore him - especially when he's shot dead before her eyes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Yankee Doodle Gone

    • By M. Giorgi on 03-11-16

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 11

    • White Elephant Dead

    • A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    The Women's Club prides itself on the success of its annual White Elephant Sale, but this year's sale is marred by a bizarre turn. A blackmailer coerces five of the town's citizens into donating valuable artifacts. When a volunteer fails to show up on time, Henny Brawley drives off to find the missing woman, just as a powerful squall hits the island. Hours later, a worried Annie Darling goes off in search of Henny, only to find the corpse of the missing volunteer. The victim turns out to be the blackmailer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • White Elephant Dead

    • By Beatrice on 05-21-15

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 12

    • Sugarplum Dead

    • A Death on Demand Mystery
    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Across Broward's Rock, one-time movie star Marguerite Dumaney Ladson has called together all of her kin and their exes for a gala celebration. Among the honored guests are Annie's father and Dr. Emory Swanson. Ladson has fallen for Swanson's new-age-pseudo-occult gobbledygook. Right after the announcement that she's leaving her fortune to the charlatan's Evermore Foundation, there's a murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Annie Finds Her Father

    • By Chalis on 05-13-15

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 13

    • April Fool Dead

    • A Death on Demand Mystery
    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    To celebrate an April Fool's Day appearance by the island's most famous mystery author, Death on Demand bookstore owner Annie Darling creates a unique promotion. Offering a free book to anyone who can solve a series of clues about popular whodunits, Annie and husband Max pass out their flyers all over town. But an April Fool prankster is distributing a counterfeit flyer, complete with not-so-vague accusations of murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • When a fluffy mystery is just what you want

    • By Steven on 08-19-05

    Regular price: $26.60

  • Book 14

    • Engaged to Die

    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    When wealthy, widowed art patron Virginia Neville officially announces her engagement to Jake O'Neill, her handsome, charming, and much younger fiance, at a gala gallery opening, not all the gathered friends and stepfamily are pleased. And before the last champagne bubble pops, murder disrupts the grand celebration.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • didn't like it as much as others but it's not bad

    • By Eric L Aust on 11-28-16

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 15

    • Murder Walks the Plank

    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Annie Darling, popular proprietress of the Death on Demand bookstore, has done it again! Her murder-mystery cruise in the waters off her not-always-idyllic isle of Broward's Rock is sure to be a roaring success, with every participant dressing up as a favorite fictional sleuth. And sure enough, everything goes swimmingly, until one of the revelers plunges overboard. And despite hubby Max Darling's courageous rescue attempt, faux murder turns all too quickly into real-life death.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, Great Who done it!

    • By Rusti on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 16

    • Death of the Party

    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The murder of an unloved media magnate maroons the crime-solving Darlings on a remote island with a killer in the latest Death on Demand delight from the incomparable Carolyn Hart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another great death on demand book

    • By Eric L Aust on 12-06-16

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 17

    • Dead Days of Summer

    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Murder hits close to home for Death on Demand bookstore owner Annie Darling and her beloved husband, Max. While investigating a new case, Max calls Annie to let her know he may be late getting home. He never shows up. Annie knows something dreadful has happened to him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Death on demand

    • By Kindle Customer on 08-09-17

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 18

    • Death Walked In

    • A Death on Demand Mystery
    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Max Darling hasn't been interested in crime since his brush with a seductive young woman put him in danger of losing his freedom. He even refuses to talk to a woman who calls for help and says she is afraid. The caller leaves word she's hidden something in the antebellum house Max and his wife, Annie, are restoring.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyable

    • By Eric L Aust on 01-14-17

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 19

    • Dare to Die

    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    Annie and Max Darling are completely unprepared when the arrival of a mysterious young woman shocks their sea island and stirs up more than just gossip.It turns out that Iris, the beautiful stranger, is a former resident of Broward's Rock. Her arrival throws the normally happy town into a downward spiral that pits neighbor against neighbor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another great story

    • By Eric L Aust on 01-18-17

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 20

    • Laughed 'Til He Died

    • A Death on Demand Mystery
    • By: Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Intrigue and foul play are no strangers to the idyllic South Carolina sea island of Broward's Rock. Mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling and her husband, Max, who specialize in solving problems, plunge into a startling web of danger and deceit when a trio of deaths is linked to the island's youth recreation center.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Improving all the more on the previous books

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 05-25-18

    Regular price: $28.00

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