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Yankee Doodle Dead (Death on Demand Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Carolyn Hart
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (1 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380793261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380793266
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,733,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Darling, proprietor of the popular South Carolina Death on Demand mystery bookstore, and her husband Max turn sleuth when an innocent young man is arrested for the murder of a malevolent retired military officer during the annual Fourth of July Festival. Reprint.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I hope this was just a dud 19 Aug 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I'm about the biggest Annie and Max fan there is, and I've often wished Broward's Rock was a real place that I could visit (I think I could probably find anyplace I wanted, I have it so clear in my mind) but this book was a disappointment to me. Of course, anything by Ms. Hart beats a Nancy Pickard or Susan Conant anyday, but the writing, and the title(!) are weak. I know Carolyn can do better, and I still have high hopes for White Elephant Dead (another lame title, let's hope that's not indiciative of the contents.) When I first started reading the Death on Demand books, I hoped Carolyn would write them forever, but I hope now that if the next one is as weak as this one that she lets the series die a graceful death. Henny was very disappointing in this book. I did not like the direction her character took. I suspect that Carolyn likes her Henrie O. books better, and is spending more time on them than the Death on Demands. I for one, don't care for Henrie O., and would be happy to see that character retire for good. She's conceited and annoying. I really hope Annie and Max get the attention they deserve in the future. I'd love to read about them for another couple of decades if the quality of writing can remain in the leagues of the first 9 books, especially A Little Class on Murder, the Christie Caper and Mint Julep Murder.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
In many ways *Yankee Doodle Dead* is rather like the paperback mysteries that Annie Laurance Darling praises in chapter one and it's obvious that's intended. This book kept me up until my eyes refused to stay open any longer and I made sure to finish it during breakfast, even though it meant I had to scramble to get to work. The references to other mystery books and authors were fun when I recognized them and gave me some idea what the other fictional detectives were like when I didn't. The reason for Edith Wentworth's non-stop lifestyle came as no surprise when it was revealed, because it's similar to one of Leslie Ford's classic Grace Latham-Colonel Primrose mysteries. (Given the the emphasis Patricia Wentworth of Miss Silver fame placed on honorable conduct, the choice of surname for Jonathan and Edith was quite appropriate.) General (Retired) Bud Hatch raised my hackles from his first appearance. I didn't care how many men (including Max)thought he could be a great/good guy. As the book progressed, I knew he wasn't. I'm a DAC(Department of the Army Civilian), as was my mother. I received my certificate and pin for 20 years' service last year. My father was Air Force, so I'm a former military brat, too. I can assure the reader who is unfamiliar with our military that Hatch is no caricature. I find the premise of the Dark Deed that led to the General's death chillingly plausible. Even though I cannot condone Hatch's murder, I understand why his killer shot him. Got a good chuckle out of the way that our modern gallant women of South Carolina foiled Hatch's plot to make sure that the Fourth of July festival honored only patriotic men. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique style 18 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Annie and Max are back again in this Carolyn Hart mystery. After reading The Triumph and the Glory I was ready for some lighter fare and greatly enjoyed Yankee Doodle Dead. I'm a big Mary Higgins Clark fan and usually stick to her novels when I'm in the mood for a mystery but Hart is very entertaining in her own way. Some people don't care for her but I love her touch. Thanks Carolyn, good job.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Humorous who-done-it, but too cutesy 25 April 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I've read a few Henry-O books and enjoyed Dead Man's Island. I've read only one other Death on Demand series and thought I'd try this one. However, I felt that it drags along, especially when Annie refers to other mystery writers....I skipped a lot of that. Also, I got vey bored at the continual descriptions of the South Carolina heat and humidity. I did have fun counting all the verbs the author used for "walked": darted, sped, skipped, slid, raced, rushed,loped,jolted, etc., etc.. There must be a list somewhere. Granted, the author does write "sweet" stories, but I'm afraid this one is over the top. Not enough suspense. I finally didn't care who the murderer was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dependable Ms. Hart does it again 23 April 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the newest Death on Demand book. I did find the characterization of Henny in this book to be unusual, and that clued me into the antagonist sooner than I would've liked. But her typical scenario of an annoying irritant becoming a fatality, and the large group of possible suspects carried on through and kept me going.
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