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Laughed ‘Til He Died by Carolyn Hart

This Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn Hart features mystery book store owner, Annie Darling and her PI husband, Max. With this novel it feels as if we know every inch of the South Carolina island of Broward’s Rock and most of the people who inhabit the island.

Annie, Max and the women in Annie’s mystery group help the island’s police chief, Billy Cameron, solve a murder, a suspected murder and an attempted murder, all surrounding a youth center called the Haven. The Haven’s director, Jean Hughes, is accused of the crimes. There are so many other potential suspects that, even though it is obvious that Jean has been framed, it takes most of the book to figure out who actually did the dirty deeds.

Hart is a good tale-spinner. Her style is utilitarian, but it is easy to find her characters likable. After reading several of the Death on Demand series Annie Darling is becoming a familiar old friend and I always look forward to the next adventure on Broward’s Island.

Liz Nichols

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