A group of Christie buffs. . .In honor of Agatha Christie's one hundredth birthday, mystery bookstore owner Annie Laurance Darling plans a week-long celebration of mystery, treasure hunts, title clues, and Christie trivia. Yet even as the champagne is chilling and the happy guests begin arriving on Broward's Rock Island, Annie feels a niggling sense of doom. 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: He's penning a scurrilous biography of the grand dame of suspense herself. Before the first title clue is solved, no less than two attempts are made on Bledsoe's life. Now Annie and her unflappable husband, Max Darling, find themselves trying to stop a murder in the making-only the first corpse isn't the one they're expecting. . .and it isn't the last.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Aug 4, 2010
Broward's Rock is the setting for a convention honoring Agatha Christie. Among the attendees is a man in the publishing industry who does not love cozies and mocks those who do. At an opening event at Annie's bookstore, Death on Demand, shots are fired, narrowly missing the man. There were plenty of people there who could have had a motive for wanting the man dead. A second attempt is made. Annie asks the attendees to help prevent a murder. Eventually there are murders. Scattered throughout the book are reference to the works of Agatha Christie. I loved this more for the references to Christie than for the mystery. I had that part figured out before they ever left the bookstore event. Fans of Agatha Christie will want to read this one just for the references.read more
April 17, 1999The Christie CaperCarolyn HartTraditional light-hearted fun by C. Hart, with Annie and Max Darling. Wonderful background – an Agatha Christie convention! A mystery lover’s dream. Writers, readers, and many tidbits about the great authoress I didn’t know. I like the push-pull between Annie and her flighty, well-meaning mother-in-law, even if Annie and Max are a little oversexed, which gets annoying. I SO hate sexual tension in books. Either do the deed outright or don’t talk about it. I despise the hints and innuendos. It was still a fun read, though.read more
A fun, fast-paced story featuring Max and Annie Darling. This mystery is set at a book convention honoring the 100th birthday of Agatha Christie. An obnoxious true-crime author is almost killed several times and Max and Annie must try to prevent the murder and failure of the convention.Part of the Death on Demand series that is lively and charming.read more
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