Baker & Taylor The holidays are filled with potential headaches for mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling and her husband Max as all sorts of people begin to arrive on their doorstep, but no one has planned for the biggest headace of all--a murder.
Blackwell North Amer It's getting to look a lot like Christmas on the sea island of Broward's Rock, South Carolina. At the popular Death on Demand mystery bookstore, owner Annie Darling's energetic Yuletide preparations have to be put on hold thanks to several rather inconvenient distractions - including a slew of family woes ... and murder. Annie's mother-in-law Laurel - not normally the straightest of arrows anyway - has taken to chatting up ghosts in the local graveyard. Across the island in a spacious, spooky mansion, ancient onetime movie star Marguerite Dumaney Ladson has called together all her living kin and their multitude of exes for her gala combination Xmas/birthday bash. Among the honored guests are two that Annie could well do without: her errant father, whom she hasn't seen in twenty-five years, and Dr. Emory Swanson, Laurel's guide down "The Golden Path." Like Laurel, wealthy old Rita Dumaney Ladson has fallen for Swanson's new-age-pseudo-occult gobbledygook. The question is: how are the gathered relatives going to react to the grande dame's announcement that she's leaving her fortune to the charismatic charlatan's Evermore Foundation? Not well, apparently, since a murder follows right on the heels of Rita's shocking revelation. And the finger of suspicion seems to be pointing straight at Annie Darling's recently arrived deadbeat dad. Annie can feel no loyalty toward the father she's never really known, but she doesn't believe for a minute he's guilty. And when a second murder puts her conflicted emotions into an even more chaotic tailspin, Annie realizes that she will need all the help her easy-going p.i. husband Max can offer to solve a related pair of homicides. Because, in this season of giving, fate is giving her more major headaches - and a killer is giving her more corpses - than even the normally unflappable Annie Darling may be able to handle.
Baker & Taylor The holidays are filled with potential headaches for mystery bookstore owner Annie Darling and her husband Max as all sorts of people begin to arrive on their doorstep, but no one has planned for the biggest headache of all--a murder.