Browards' Rock, a South Carolina Low Country island, is home to Max and Annie Darling and a winter community of residents whose paths, by necessity or choice, often cross. So the islanders are understandably shaken when a stash of rare and valuable gold coins is stolen from one of the wealthier families. Following upon the heels of this crime are a series of home invasions and, most shocking of all, a cold blooded murder. The Darlings are determined to find the true culprit.
Death Walked In is a rather prosaic title for such a colorful story, but as it turns out, this mystery isn't much more than ordinary. Hart is a competent writer, but the herrings are so red that the question of whodunnit does not remain mysterious for long. Nevertheless, with all the oyster shell walks, snakes in the woods, ferries, palmettos, and salty sea air, she does a creditable job of evoking a pleasant atmosphere while providing an agreeable few hours of light reading.