Dead, White, and Blue
By Carolyn Hart
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425260784, 304pp.)
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
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Bookstore owner Annie Darling’s life is all about murder mysteries: reading them, selling them—and solving them…
Summer is a hectic time for Annie and her husband, Max. Sun and scorching temperatures never fail to bring swarms of tourists to their mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, for the latest beach reads. Not to mention the whole island is buzzing with excitement over the upcoming Broward’s Rock Fourth of July dance.
Shell Hurst is the kind of woman wives hate—for good reason—and most of them wish she would just disappear. But when she does—last seen walking into the pine trees during the Fourth of July fireworks display—Annie can’t help but feel like someone should be looking for her.
Annie and Max are soon following a twisted trail marked by blackmail, betrayal, and adultery, winding from the corridors of the island’s lovely inn to a pier lashed by pelting rain, to a gathering on the terrace of a country club where a trap is set for a calculating killer…
An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of twenty-two previous Death on Demand Mysteries. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma.
“A beautifully constructed mystery.”—Connecticut Post
“A highly satisfying read that builds to a stunning climax.”—Mystery Scene Magazine
“Annie and Max...tackle multiple suspects and clues reminiscent of the classic mysteries offered at their bookstore. Their fans will enjoy rooting among the suspects in preparation for a denouement straight out of Agatha Christie.” —Kirkus Reviews