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Britt Barlow is certain her media mogul brother-in-law Jeremiah Addison's fatal tumble a year ago was no accident -- especially since she herself discovered, and disposed of, the trip wire someone had strung across the stairs. Now she's bringing all who were in attendance that weekend back to Golden Silk -- Addison's luxurious secluded island estate -- and inviting two extBritt Barlow is certain her media mogul brother-in-law Jeremiah Addison's fatal tumble a year ago was no accident -- especially since she herself discovered, and disposed of, the trip wire someone had strung across the stairs. Now she's bringing all who were in attendance that weekend back to Golden Silk -- Addison's luxurious secluded island estate -- and inviting two extra guests, Annie and Max Darling, to help uncover a killer.Annie Darling wouldn't miss this party for the world! And there certainly is no lack of suspects among the guests, each of whom had a substantial motive for doing in the insufferable tycoon. But the party turns deadly when a houseman mysteriously vanishes, along with the boats which are the only escape off Addison's island -- leaving the Darlings stranded on a floating rock in the middle of nowhere, too close to a solution for comfort, and stalked by a crafty murderer....

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ISBN : 9780060004774
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Death of the Party Reviews

  • Barb
    2019-01-07 02:48

    Loved that the book has a bookstore called "Death on Demand" bookstore, and that there were "titled" coffee mugs that connected to the pictures on display in the store! Definitely sounded like somewhere I'd like to hang out!

  • Michele
    2019-01-05 08:00

    Just when you think Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series can't stay fresh and has no where new to go without seeming ridiculous....she pulls it off in fine form.

  • Jessi
    2019-01-13 06:56

    Carolyn Hart hearkens back to Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Soldiers" and sets this mystery on an island with people invited under false pretenses. This time, everyone there was connected to Jeremiah Addison who died a year ago. His death was not accidental but very few people know that. One of them is Britt Barlow, Jeremiah's sister-in-law. When he died, his wife inherited. She, at the time, was slowly dying of cancer and passed soon after. The island passed to Britt. Now the killing has started again and the escape plan (a private yacht) was taken by a drug-smuggling caretaker. The ending came out of left field which is odd since Hart is usually more fairly clued than that. There were way too many characters and it was hard to keep track of who was who.

  • Kellene
    2018-12-23 07:38

    Had this one pegged from the beginning, thus the 3 star rating. Second guessed myself a couple of times, but if Max and Annie had only listened when I kept yelling at them, the climax would have been much less of a nail-biter. I still enjoyed the book, and this continues to be one of my favorite series. Annie channeling her inner Laurel was so amusing for me. I continue to hope this series doesn't end any time soon, because I always look forward to the next installment.

  • Kimberly
    2018-12-29 05:47

    This was another delightful addition to the Annie and Max series. Surprise ending; didn’t see it coming.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-23 06:34

    As far as the series goes I think there is definitely better....For some reason I could not get into this story. Maybe because it had none of characters I have grown to love since the start of the series. Also I just watched 10 Little Indians on TV and this was just too similar. Overall not bad, but it will stop me for reading the rest of the series.

  • FangirlNation
    2018-12-31 06:30

    Max and Annie Darling leave the comfort of Broward's Rock Island in Carolyn G. Hart's Death of the Party to visit the isolated Golden Silk Island at the request of Britt Barlow. A year earlier she discovered her brother-in-law, Jeremiah Addison, at the bottom of the house stairs, murdered by a wire strung across the marble staircase. To spare her sister, who was dying of cancer, the pain of a murder investigation, Britt removed the evidence of the crime. But now that Britt has inherited Golden Silk Island from her sister, she has received what was clearly intended to be a blackmail letter by the journalist Everett Crenshaw, who witnessed Britt remove the wire and assumed she had committed the crime. So Britt has decided to solve the murder by cajoling all dozen people who were on the island at the time of the murder to attend a reunion during which time she will announce the fact of Jeremiah's murder and amazingly discover the culprit. With no way off the island or access to the outside world, this weekend promises plenty of drama.Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  • Sarah
    2019-01-11 07:47

    I probably would have liked this book better if I hadn't recently read "Dead Man's Island" in the Henrie O series by the same author. They were incredibly similar in that both books have their own private island, and the owner invites a group of mostly family and employees to the island under false pretenses to see which of them is a murderer. In both books the owner turns out to be the criminal. In both books the owner invites our star sleuth(s) to the island and tells the rest of the guests a different story about why they're there. In both books everybody is marooned on the island after their only means of escape is removed and they are unable to contact the mainland, and the Coast Guard comes to save the day. I had a feeling of deja vu the whole time I was reading this book. And of course it is reminiscent of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," but that's not surprising. A plus for me was that Laurel was absent from the whole story until the last chapter, therefore there were none of her usual antics and ever-changing hobbies.

  • Kate
    2018-12-28 02:45

    "Britt Barlow is certain her media mogul brother-in-=law Jeremiah Addison's fatal tumble a year ago was no accident -- especially since she herself discovered, and disposed of, the trip wire someone had strung across the stairs. Now she's bringing all who were in attendance that weekend back to Golden Silk -- Addison's luxurious secluded island estate -- and inviting two extra guests, Annie and Max Darling, to help uncover a killer."Annie Darling wouldn't miss this party for the world! And there certainly is no lack of suspects among the guests, each of whom had a substantial motive for doing in the insufferable tycoon. But the party turns deadly when a houseman mysteriously vanishes, along with the boats which are the only escape off Addison's island -- leaving the Darlings stranded on a floating rock in the middle of nowhere, too close to a solution for comfort, and stalked by a crafty murderer."~~back coverIt's all about point of view. New locale, same formula. Deux ex machina ending.

  • Diane ~Firefly~
    2019-01-16 10:41

    It's been a bit since I've read this series, so I was happy to be back in Max and Annie's world. This story was a bit different as Max and Annie go to a private island to help the owner catch a murderer, so the normal supporting characters only show up at the very end of the book.What I enjoyed:* I really love Max and Annie's relationship. They have a great marriage and seem like they would be fun to hang out with.* The story was interesting. A group of people brought back to the island where one of them killed before.* The relationships. There were 3 other married couples on the island, all dealing with different issues and I was rooting for them all to be ok.What could have been better:* I missed hanging out in Death on Demand, the most awesome fictional bookstore around.* There was one clue that was pretty obvious and gave away the murderer, even though nobody in the book caught it.

  • Kathy Miles
    2018-12-24 09:30

    This is book #16 in the Death on Demand series, but the first one I've read. It was good--reminded me a lot of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None: an isolated island, a group of people arriving by invitation, a murder taken place in the past. The invitations are issued by the heiress of the island in order to "nail" the murderer who took the life of the island's former owner there 1-1/2 years ago, the powerful and arrogant Mr. Jeremiah Addison. The detectives here (as in the rest of the series) are husband and wife Max and Annie Darling. Annie owns a mystery book shop called Death on Demand and Max is the guy behind Confidential Commissions. They are asked by the heiress to come investigate the guests for that weekend. Together Max and Annie run through the list of invitees and plenty of red herrings before the crime is solved with a surprising twist.

  • Scilla
    2019-01-02 02:46

    In this book in the Death on Demand series, Max gets a commission to go to a house party on an isolated offshore island with a single owner and no cell or radio service to try to determine who was the murderer of the former owner at a party 18 months previously. Of course, Annie goes with him. Everyone at the party (with the exception of Annie and Max) had reasons to wish the former owner dead. There are family problems, fear of a murderer on the loose and no means of escape, along with the usual red herrings and folks creeping around the woods and many fewer references to other mysteries than usual in this series.

  • Marti
    2019-01-01 09:56

    here we have one of the agatha cristie ideas--a group of people, in a remote area--one death has already occurred and that's what they are there to solve, and then there's another murder, the handyman departs on a boat the hostess didn't mention to anyone, and the remaining people just look around at each other, expecting the worst, but hoping to somehow survive. Annie and Max Darling have been invited to solve the problem, she of the bookstore Death on Demand, and he of Confidential Commissions. It's creepy, but entertaining.

  • Kate
    2018-12-27 07:00

    This was my first Death on Demand book and I really loved it! I really liked the island setting and all the zany characters- and I think Ms. Hart did a wonderful job of giving the book a spooky, look-over-your-shoulder, look all the doors feel. I was scared at times, but I couldn't put it down! All in all I thought this was a really well crafted mystery, and I can't wait to read more of the books in this series!

  • Donna
    2018-12-29 03:37

    "Ghosts and snapshots were a reminder that what is present will always and inevitably one day be past and what is past was once as real and vigorous and exciting as the present." A beautiful quote from the book. A good mystery, the first I have read in this series. Definitely reminiscent of Agatha Christie, and that is a good thing. Any mystery that keeps you guessing til the end is a good one!

  • Pooch
    2018-12-31 10:42

    I have interrupted this book to read others, but have been plugging away to finish this. While the author has some clever bits in this book, her wordiness, repetition, and awkward references to other mystery books and characters are distracting. With good editing, this book could be a very engaging story.

  • Ivy M
    2019-01-10 03:42

    I have read several of the books in this series and have enjoyed them a lot. My problem with this one was that it seemed to drag on. I had so much trouble just reading this one. I almost put it down and said forget it several times. For some reason it just was not one of the better ones in the series as far as I am concerned.

  • Missy
    2019-01-17 10:32

    I wish I was Annie Darling. I think Hart created a near perfect character with her, by this I mean all my personal aspirations. This book was not set in her bookstore (too bad), but it was still a good traditional mystery set on an island.

  • Julie
    2019-01-14 02:34

    reminiscent of ten little Indians, the girl who inherited an island calls all the people who were on the island when the previous owner died back for a weekend to try and solve the mystery of his death. It took me half the book to figure out who the murderer was.

  • Gail
    2019-01-15 04:36

    I thought this one of the best of the Death on Demand series. I didn't figure out the murderer until the end. I did miss the references to other mystery writers and their books. There were a few, but I would have liked more

  • Megan Thomas
    2018-12-30 08:50

    This might be one of the best yet!!! The few books before this were lacking originality and were trying waaaayyyy to hard. However, Hart has returned to the wonderful mystery writing that captivated me in the first several books of the series.

  • Tim
    2019-01-06 10:31

    Very nice read from Carolyn Hart, as usual. Her mysteries are told from a female's perspective, similar to the Sue Grafton series. I personally think the plot construction of the Hart novels are comparable to Grafton, but Hart's writing style is superior with better character development.

  • Katherine
    2018-12-19 06:54

    I actually started this book, was terribly bored and confused and then skipped to the end. Too many characters and the author wrote this book with the assumption that I already knew what was going on. Not my style at all.

  • Angela
    2019-01-18 09:55

    Pretty good. Didn't realize this was #16. But I enjoyed it the characters, Max and Annie. I would like to read the rest of the series. Well written I didn't see the killer coming. Kept me guessing till the end.

  • Shauna
    2019-01-10 07:45

    After a break in reading this series, it was fun to get back to it and see that it is as good as ever. Well written, quick and easy to read. A nice mystery series. In this one Annie and Max are stranded on an island with a small group--one of whom is a murderer!

  • Ida
    2018-12-21 03:56

    I liked it, all of them seemed to have a motive for killing Jeremiah. Who would have thought that Britt, the one who called everyone on this investigation, was the main culprit?

  • PWRL
    2019-01-17 10:31

    SM

  • Kathy
    2019-01-18 04:46

    the usual Carolyn Hart fare, fun, readable

  • Cindy
    2018-12-25 09:31

    I think I came in late on this series as there was more history to these characters than was told. It all rather reminded me of "Ten Little Indians". Interesting.

  • Sandy
    2019-01-15 08:32

    Have always been curious about Carolyn. Hart. Not going to have to add her to my list of favorites.