Just knowing that Dead, White, and Blue is Carolyn Hart's fiftieth book is cause enough for celebration.
Summer in Broward's Rock, South Carolina means a busy time for Annie Darling at her mystery bookstore, Death on Demand. But, she takes time to celebrate the fourth with her sexy husband, Max. As members of the country club, they enjoy the dance and fireworks. They may be lost in their own romantic world, but even they can see that some of the members are not happy with Shell Hurst. And, no one missed the woman who taunted club members, and then walked away into the night on the 4th. It took a teenage girl to come to Max, report her missing, and swear Shell would have answered her cell phone.
Max isn't easily convinced Shell Hurst didn't just leave on some billionaire's yacht. But, Annie starts to have doubts, and the two are soon questioning the people who might have had uncomfortable dealings with Shell that night. And, there's additional pressure when a mystery writer, a reader, and Max' mother all start texting them, "WTB." "Where's the body?"
Fans of traditional mysteries will relish Dead, White, and Blue. First, there's the pleasure of the bookstore, Death on Demand, with all the mysteries and authors mentioned by name. Then, there's the slow collection of clues as Max and Annie gather together threads to piece together the correct answer. And it ends perfectly for mystery junkies, with the revealing of the murderer back at the country club, surrounded by a cast of neighbors, friends, and suspects. Dead, White, and Blue is the perfect fiftieth book by a master of mysteries. It doesn't matter if you haven't read previous Death on Demand books. If you love mysteries, you'll want to add this latest Carolyn Hart treat to a collection of satisfying mysteries in which justice prevails.
Carolyn Hart's website is www.carolynhart.com
Dead, White, and Blue by Carolyn Hart. Berkley Prime Crime. 2013. ISBN 9780425260777 (hardcover), 288p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.