Don't Go Home
a Death on Demand mystery
Author: Hart, Carolyn
Price ( Hardcover ): $25.95
Publication Date: May 2015
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0425276549
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Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon—and former Broward’s Rock resident—Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel, Don’t Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review.
As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It’s a fight Annie won’t soon forget—especially after the author turns up dead.
Despite an array of suspects to match Griffith’s cast of characters—and a promise to her husband, Max, to steer clear of sleuthing—Annie’s not about to let the police throw the book at her friend when the real killer remains at large…
"MWA Grand Master Hart shows no sign of slowing down in her lively 25th Death on Demand mystery set on the South Carolina island of Broward's Rock (after 2014's Death at the Door). Bookstore owner Annie Darling is hosting a party at the Seaside Inn for bestselling author Alex Griffith, who grew up in Broward's Rock and plans to spend the summer there. His new novel, itself titled Don't Go Home, includes characters based on people on the island he knew as a boy. He has boasted that he's now at work on a memoir in which he will be brutally honest about the models for his characters. When Griffith turns up dead in his room at the inn right before the party, Annie's reporter friend, Marian Kenyon, who recently had a fight with the author, becomes a murder suspect, but many others, including Griffith's family members, had motive to silence him. Descriptions of the sultry climate and island life enhance the smart whodunit plot. (May)." - Publishers Weekly
Don't Go Home.
Hart, Carolyn (Author)
May 2015. 272 p. Berkley/Prime Crime, hardcover, $25.95. (9780425276549).
After a close call in the prior autumn (Death at the Door, 2014), Annie Darling, proprietor of a mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, on Broward’s Rock, an island off the shore of South Carolina, has promised her husband to enjoy crime only from the printed pages. When approached about hosting a signing by Rae Griffith, wife of the best-selling thriller author of Don’t Go Home, Annie is delighted by the prospect of a boost to summer sales. Then she reads a note in the Sunday paper that Griffith’s book is really a roman à
clef, with most of the players still living on Broward’s Rock. Annie withdraws her support, fearing that friends and neighbors would be hurt by what Alex Griffith would reveal at the signing. Perhaps Alex should not have returned home at all: Rae and Annie find him dead moments before the signing is to begin. Over the next few days, Annie does try not to meddle, but it’s clear her friend Marian Kenyon, the local investigative reporter, is in danger. So she begins to work with Kenyon to ferret out the true killer. Told partially from Kenyon’s perspective, this latest will delight fans of the long-running Annie Darling
series. An absolute must for cozy fans who enjoy book-centric series."
— Karen Muller for Booklist
"Another top-notch tale by the very talented Carolyn Hart who gives us a new Annie Darling story that will keep any mystery fan happily reading, beginning to end. As always, the characters are lifelike and commanding the reader’s attention as they step into the world of Broward’s Rock, the island off the coast of South Carolina where the bookshop Death on Demand that we’d all love to visit is located." - Anne K. Edwards for ReaderToReader.com - Read the full review
Don’t Go Home is a humorous, suspenseful, and moving mystery about small town life and the lengths a true friend will go to in order to defend the innocence of those who mean so much to her. This novel is sure to please die hard Hart fans, and garner the author plenty of new followers as well. Readers should not miss this one! -- Jathan and Heather.com
"The beauty of Hart’s storytelling is that she develops character and circumstance as well as she does crime, which makes returning to Annie and Max a welcome proposition. Further, her ardent love of mysteries and the people who write them is palpable, often making the quieter moments as memorable as the murderous ones. That the Death on Demand series will live to see another day is proof that you’ve gotta have Hart …" John Valeri, for Hartford Examiner
"From the very get-go, readers have information on the major players, learning why they might be desperate enough to kill to keep their secrets. This makes the tension high from the beginning; suspicions then tease a reader as the story develops. Few writers handle this formula as well as Hart. Another reader-rewarding plus is that the settings where the major actions happen are so well-developed that a reader gets an authentic sense of place." - Chloe Winston for Redding.com
"Best-selling author Alex Griffith has mined his childhood home, Broward’s Rock, for all it’s worth, fictionalizing the island’s secret affairs, dirty deals and suspicious deaths in his novel Don’t Go Home. The golden boy is out of ideas, though, which is how he lands in the hands of bookstore owner Annie Darling. The Death on Demand proprietress is happy to help, until she learns what he has in mind: a nonfiction book that will reveal the real names of his characters. His plan leaves Alex with plenty of enemies, and when he is murdered on the eve of his planned press conference, the list of suspects is long. Annie, however, has a native’s knowledge of the island, and she’s read Alex’s book; she can find out who had the most to lose from his tell-all. Author Carolyn Hart sets Annie on a winding path into the past, carefully curating the intricate plot twists that ultimately lead to the truth." - BookPage
"The fun and suspense continues in this long-running, exceptionally good series. Hart creates an excellent puzzle, with plenty of suspects and possible motives to keep readers guessing. With Max away fishing, Annie takes the lead in solving the murder. " (BERKLEY, May, 272 pp., $25.95) Reviewed by: Sandra Martin for RT Book Reviews. Read the full review
"... This book is a terrific page-turner right from the start, and readers will be waiting to see what exactly Ms. Hart has in store for Annie this time, as well as the next time around." Mary Lignor for Suspense Magazine