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Murder Walks the Plank    by Carolyn Hart order for
Murder Walks the Plank
by Carolyn Hart
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William Morrow, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Murder Walks the Plank is the fifteenth in Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series. Amazing - Hart's books, even in such a prolific series, are not repetitive or predictable. I have been to the coast of the Carolinas (where death most dastardly is done in this story) and find the ocean, sea, sand and flora and fauna just as Hart describes. I would like to spend a vacation on Broward's Rock, where the novel is placed - without the attendant murders, though.

Annie Darling, proprietress of the Death on Demand bookstore, plans a mystery cruise on the local ferry. After a guest plunges overboard, the hunt is on. Annie and her handsome and dearly loved husband Max delve into the deep. They surface with more clues than they really fished for. I love the two cats, Agatha and Dorothy L, whose personalities match some of the felines I have known. As for Annie and Max, they are fun too, though Max is just a little too good to be real. But if he's available, I might be interested.

The plot of this cozy is well devised and moves at a fast clip. The suspense builds and just when it's almost too much to bear, the scene shifts to another tight corner. The climax took me by surprise when I thought I had it all figured out. Hart's books are always a welcome read, providing hours of delightful entertainment.

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