Saturday, March 28, 2015

Carolyn Hart, Annie & Max

Some of you may have seen recent posts in which Carolyn Hart announced that her new Death on Demand mystery, Don't Go Home, would be the last in the series. And, it might not have made us happy, but we could understand why the twenty-fifth book would wrap up the series, while Carolyn devoted time to the adventures of Bailey Ruth. Fortunately for us, Annie and Max had something to say about that. 

Here's the announcement Carolyn Hart sent out.

I penned a Farewell to Death on Demand this spring, but a funny thing happened on the way to Life Without Annie and Max. A knock on my door. There stood Annie, a glint in her steady gray eyes, a determined tilt to her chin. “What are you thinking?” Max was right behind her, his usual easy going smile absent. “No more island sunshine? No alligators basking on a bank? No more laughter?” Annie and Max looked me in the eye and said, “We’re here to stay.” 
    Do I want to see the displays at Death on Demand, catch up on the new mysteries, talk about old favorites? Or drop into Confidential Commissions and have a slice of Barb’s lemon pie?
    Oh, yes. The scent of the ocean, the rattle of magnolia leaves, the grace and elegance of Spanish moss, hot heavy summer days, windy walks on a chilly winter beach, all await on the small sea island of Broward’s Rock. I’ll see everyone again, ebullient Annie, charming Max, curmudgeonly author Emma Clyde, mystery maven Henny Brawley, ditzy mother-in-law Laurel Darling Roethke, intense reporter Marian Kenyon, stalwart police chief Billy Cameron, observant officer Hyla Harrison . . .
    I realized I’d miss them too much. So I changed my mind and hope to write their 26th adventure as soon as Bailey Ruth persuades a lovelorn  ghost to climb the shining stairs to Heaven.
    And now for Annie and Max’s 25th (and continuing) adventure:
     DON’T GO HOME – Annie is hosting a party to celebrate a successful Southern literary icon and island native and his best selling novel, Don’t Go Home. The local newspaper announces that the author intends to reveal the real life island inspirations behind his characters and the dark secrets in their lives. Reporter Marian Kenyon, Annie and Max’s good friend, quarrels bitterly with the author. When his body is found, Annie knows her friend will be a suspect. Despite an array of people who feared the author’s revelations and Annie’s promise to Max that she will steer clear of sleuthing, Annie is drawn into the hunt because the police may close the book on Marian unless Annie finds the truth.

Look for Don't Go Home to be released May 5. I can't wait!

Don't Go Home by Carolyn Hart. Penguin. 2015. ISBN  9780425276549 (hardcover), 272p.


Kay said...

Yay! I was afraid that this new book might be the end of the series. And I had heard that Carolyn has decided not to travel for author events after this launching. I'm so very glad I got to see her and meet her when I attended the event at the Velma Teague. It was like meeting a Hollywood star to me. Annie and Max have been a part of my life for such a long time. Thanks for sharing this!

My Recent Favorite Books said...

This sounds like a interesting book. I have several from this series on my shelf.

Lesa said...

I agree, Kay. When they asked if I minded hosting Carolyn, I was like - she's a rock star in the mystery field! Mind? It's an an honor. And I'm so glad you could be there.

Lesa said...

I hope you enjoy it.