Death Comes Silently – Carolyn Hart, Author

May 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm (Uncategorized)

Death Comes Silently – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

Annie was struck by the weariness evident in his broad face. He was Billy, big, brawny, and muscular, but Billy without his customary equanimity. Tight lines marked the corners of his eyes, bracketed his generous mouth. Instead of a jacket and slacks or a suit, his usual dress for work, he wore a navy pullover and jeans. His blue eyes had a lost look. “I know you support me, but that isn’t what matters at this point. There’s a dangerous killer out there who will remove anyone seen as a threat. Right now Henny is safe. Jeremiah’s arrest will reassure the killer that she doesn’t know enough to be a danger. As for the rest of you” – he looked at Annie, Emma, and Laurel in turn – “don’t even think of trying to investigate.” Annie felt a deep twist of disappointment. “Jeremiah’s innocent!”

Annie Darling is owner of Death on Demand, a mystery bookstore. She is also a volunteer for Better Tomorrow, a charity shop that offers groceries, clothing and other needs for those in financial binds. Due to a scheduled booksigning for author Emma Clyde, she switched days with Gretchen Burkholt. This switch turned out to be fatal for Gretchen when she found a note in the pocket of a jacket that had belonged to Everett Hathaway. Everett’s body had been found two weeks earlier floating not far from his overturned kayak. An autopsy listed drowning due to unconsciousness as a result of hypothermia as the cause of death. According to the voice mail messages from Gretchen to Annie’s cell phone, the note she found leads her to believe his death wasn’t an accident but murder.

There are three people who would benefit from Everett’s death. His much younger wife, his nephew who wants to manage the family advertising business and his 16 going on 21 year old niece who wants to run her own life, with her own money. So which hated him enough to want him dead? Could Annie be wrong and Jeremiah is the guilty party? Or was Everett’s death actually an accident and has nothing to do with Gretchen?

I can’t get enough of Author Carolyn Hart’s books. She has entertained me with all of her Death on Demand stories and I simply love her Bailey Ruth ghost stories, which I hope she writes more of soon. With all of her books Hart combines love, humor and a ‘whole lot of mystery’ making each page flip by quickly to see what clue the next holds. You can’t help but love this author.


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