It's hard to believe that after thirty years Carolyn Hart is wrapping up the Death on Demand series. Walking on My Grave is the last case for Annie and Max Darling. But, the traditional mystery wraps up perfectly, first with the gathering of suspects, and then with the books behind the monthly watercolors at the bookstore.
Annie's in the midst of a project for "The Incredible Trio". Her mother-in-law, Laurel, Emma, the mystery author, and the island's civic volunteer, Henny, have compiled chapbooks, and Annie is editing them. But, she always has time for friends who are in trouble. Ves Roundtree is in the way of a group of people who all need money. She has control of the money from her late husband, but, when she dies, it will be distributed between a small group of people. When Ves suspects one of those people tried to kill her, she gathers them together for dinner. And, she warns them she can defend herself.
Ves isn't quite as confident when she tells Annie that she knows one of that crowd wants her dead. Is the artist who can no longer paint? Is it his wife? There's the bank clerk. One man can no longer afford his lifestyle. Gretchen wants the money for her son, but she feels threatened. There's the young woman and her boyfriend, hoping to marry soon. Then, one of Ves' dinner guests dies, and Ves herself disappears. Who is desperate enough to kill for money?
I'm going to miss Annie Darling and the Death on Demand bookshop. With this book, Hart ends the series on a strong note. I always respect the formula for Hart's books. Walking on My Grave is a perfect example. She's always given us intelligent, responsible police. And, Annie Darling works with the police, not against them. The gathering of suspects is at the request of the police chief. And, Carolyn Hart wraps up with a list of Classic Crime novels and authors. Carolyn Hart and the Death on Demand books should be right there on that list.
Thank you, Carolyn Hart, for Annie and Max, the Death on Demand bookshop, and Broward's Rock, South Carolina.
Carolyn Hart's website is www.carolynhart.com
Walking on My Grave by Carolyn Hart. Berkley Prime Crime. 2017. ISBN 9780451488534 (hardcover), 246p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.