April Fool Dead (Mass Market)

A Death on Demand Mystery

By Carolyn Hart

Avon, 9780380807222, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/1/2002)

List Price: 7.99*
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Someone is playing a rather nasty April Fool's prank on mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling. A felonious forger on the idyllic -- if rarely tranquil -- South Carolina island of Broward's Rock has made it appear as if Annie is accusing some of her neighbors of murder. In the wink of a bloodshot eye, the Darling name is mud . . . and then the Broward's Rock body count starts mysteriously increasing. And now it's up to Annie to follow the well-hidden trail of the vicious trickster -- or a secret slayer's next lethal "joke" may very well be on her!

About the Author

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of twenty previous Death on Demand novels. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is also the creator of the Henrie O series, featuring a retired reporter, and the Bailey Ruth series, starring an impetuous, redheaded ghost. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City.

Praise For April Fool Dead: A Death on Demand Mystery

Praise for April Fool Dead: “Hart’s 13th winning outing....evokes classic screwball comedy.”
— Publishers Weekly

Praise for Sugarplum Dead “A lively tale with well-drawn characters.”
— Orlando Sentinel

“The Darling duo is as winning as ever.”
— Baltimore Sun

“Carolyn Hart has served up yet another delicious mystery that kept me guessing until the end. YUM!”
— Diane Mott Davidson

Rave reviews for Carolyn Hart and the Death on Demand Series “Displays the charm and coziness of Christie.”
— Chicago Sun-Times

“Carolyn Hart’s craftmanship makes her mystery’s Queen of C’s--cozy, clever, and chock full of charm.”
— Mary Daheim

“I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for Carolyn Hart’s Annie and Max series.”
— Robert Crais

“The reigning monarch of the amateur sleuth mystery delivers royally.”
— Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Tantalizing...Keeps the reader guessing all the way.”
— Denver Post

“One of the cleverest puzzle plots around.”
— Toronto Globe and Mail

“Hart creates lively, sympathetic characters and interesting locales and maintains a snappy pace.”
— Booklist

“Carolyn Hart’s thoughtful innovative mysteries make her, without a doubt, among the best crime writers living today.”
— Earlene Fowler

“A tantalizing mystery...Perfect for Murder, She Wrote fans.”
— Booklist

“...An honest-to-goodness whodunit, with enough red herrings to fill a pickle barrel...a tour de force.”
— The State Columbia (SC)