When Saturday morning rolls around, Annie Darling, owner of the
Death on Demand mystery bookstore, has her hands full. There's a
meeting of the Savannah Captivating Crimes Book Club and an author
luncheon at the library, so she needs all hands on deck.
Unfortunately, Annie is in a pickle when her newest bookstore
employee, Pat Merridew, fails to show up for work. What could
Pat be thinking? Annie wonders. She knew how important
Saturday's events were to the bookstore. Luckily or unluckily ---
depending on how you want to look at it --- Annie's take-charge
mother-in-law, Laurel, steps in and saves the day. In spite of her
aggravation at Pat, Annie is relieved that everything goes off
without a hitch.
Annie can't stay mad for long, though. How can she, when she has
just found out that Pat is dead? The police say it's suicide, but
Annie can't understand how someone who saw suicide as the coward's
way out could kill herself. It doesn't make any sense. Pat had
recently been fired from her position as a legal secretary with
Jamison, Jamison & Brewster, where she had worked for more than
20 years, but surely that wasn't enough to push her to take her own
life. By all accounts, Pat seemed to have moved on and picked up
the pieces of her professional life when she had taken the job at
The last time Annie saw her, Pat appeared to be in good spirits
and eager to please. According to her friends, she had also been
planning the cruise of a lifetime to Alaska. As more oddities
surrounding Pat's death emerge, Annie is convinced that Pat didn't
take her own life, but that someone else did and made it look like
a suicide. But who?
Annie begins digging, and before long, several secrets regarding
the citizens of the small South Carolina sea island come to light.
It turns out that Glen Jamison, the first Ja