An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of the Death on Demand novels. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma.
Supervisor Wiggins at Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions dispatches Bailey Ruth to her old hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma, to help a single mother and struggling writer. Deidre Davenport is almost broke, supporting two children, and hoping to get a faculty job with the Goddard College English Department. Professor Jay Knox is the one who decides who gets the job, but he’s more interested in Deidre’s body than her body of work. Shortly after his advances are rejected, Knox turns up dead --- with Deidre’s fingerprints found on the murder weapon. Bailey Ruth knows Deidre is innocent and must find out who really knocked off Knox.
The ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow haunts Adelaide’s college library. Known as the Lady of the Roses, she plays matchmaker, using the fragrant flowers to pair up students. But someone is making mischief after hours, leaving roses strewn about the library, destroying a gargoyle and stealing a valuable book. Concerned with Lorraine’s reputation among the living, Bailey Ruth’s supervisor, Wiggins, dispatches the ghostly gumshoe to investigate.
Annie Darling --- owner of the mystery bookstore Death on Demand --- prefers fictional crimes as opposed to the real things. But in one tragic week, two acts of violence shake the island community of Broward’s Rock. It’s up to Annie and her husband, Max, to sort through a rogues’ gallery of suspects. But if Annie isn’t careful, she may find herself having her own brush with death.
Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate successful Southern literary icon Alex Griffith and his bestselling new novel, Don’t Go Home. But not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review. As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It’s a fight Annie won’t soon forget --- especially after the author turns up dead.
Good-hearted ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn is sent to a frame house where a young man is playing the drums. When a window cracks and a rifle barrel is thrust inside, only Bailey Ruth’s hasty intervention saves Nick Magruder from taking a bullet. When she materializes to reassure him, she finds she can’t go back to vanishing. It turns out she’s been tricked by Nick’s late aunt to come to the young man’s rescue.
Summer brings good business to Annie Darling’s mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, as tourists swarm in, searching for the latest beach read. But July 4th brings its own mystery as first one and then another islander disappears. Annie and her husband, Max, soon find themselves following a twisted trail marked by adultery, blackmail and betrayal as they pursue a cold-blooded killer in the dog days of summer.
Annie Darling enlists the help of her husband, Max, to piece together a puzzle involving an overturned kayak, a stolen motorboat, a troubled love affair, and a reckless teenager. And she must tread carefully in her investigation, because a killer is on the loose, and that killer works well in the foggy days of winter.