Mint Julep Murder (Death on Demand Mysteries, No. 9)

By Carolyn Hart

One in every of America's such a lot liked secret writers, Carolyn G. Hart, the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning writer, returns to her unique mystery
series that includes Annie Darling, proprietor of the loss of life on call for book place, and her husband, Max, with Mint Julep Murder.

Normally, Annie Laurence Darling will be eagerly anticipating her journey to move Island, the place this year's Dixie e-book pageant is being held. yet this 12 months Annie has agreed to be the writer liaison to 5 authors venerated with the much-coveted Dixie ebook pageant Medallions, and he or she fears she will have her arms complete juggling murderous egos. What Annie does not anticipate is the premature demise of formidable Mint Julep Press writer Kenneth Hazlitt. Hazlitt arrives on the pageant peddling a suggestion for tune of the South, a trashy roman  clef that info the indiscretions of a few well-known Southern authors at a writers' conference--writers who greater than resemble the Dixie competition Medallion winners. whilst Hazlitt drops useless after ingesting successful of bourbon from his deepest inventory, the facts issues to Annie--the deadly glass is imprinted along with her fingerprints. As progressively more proof issues her method, Annie and Max needs to act quick to seize a wily killer...before the police throw the booklet at Annie!

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Regardless of its obtrusive difficulties, besides the fact that, island citizens tenaciously refused to approve a transformation to stoplights. Annie gritted her tooth and lifted her arms in brief from the wheel in a mea culpa apology to the offended driving force of the cleaner’s van. If bumper-to-bumper automobiles weren’t undesirable sufficient, the island’s obdurate retention of the 2 site visitors circles in the beginning and finish of Pope street hopelessly annoyed the matter. yet she controlled to make the swing round and peel off onto Pope with out smacking into one other automobile, even taking time to note the geese who inhabited the small pond and the signal cautioning site visitors to observe for crossing geese. She glanced at her watch and collected pace. She will be making this journey much this day, whenever with an writer. She attempted to determine the panorama with a stranger’s eye and smiled with virtually proprietorial satisfaction on the dense wallet of massive pines, the regularly beautiful compact palmettos, the blooming oleanders within the grassy median, the conscientiously homogenized advertisement constructions in colors of beige, tan, and lime. She might have loved taking her fees to Broward’s Rock with its quiet lanes and both wonderful seashore, yet Hilton Head, even though bustling, used to be simply as attractive. may possibly used to be an ideal month on any of the ocean Islands. The air was once balmy, the temperature within the seventies, and no humidity. Hilton Head’s fourteen miles of seashores have been by no means fairly crowded, even on the top of the vacationer season. Annie pulled into the Buccaneer’s parking zone. The pageant Committee couldn’t have assigned her fees to a nicer inn. The competition occasions have been happening at open-air, tented compartments at the public front to Coligny seashore, only a brief walk from the Buccaneer. Authors have been additionally quartered on the beachfront vacation lodge and at a number of different sumptuous beachfront resorts. The Buccaneer used to be one in every of Annie’s favourite resorts. Small, stylish, and captivating, it used to be equipped like an Italian villa with dusky mauve stuccoed partitions and arched home windows. She moved quickly up the oyster shell course among aromatic banana shrubs. Brilliantly flowering hibiscus flamed in clay pots via the part front. She had a hand at the door whilst the six-foot-tall pittosporum bush quivered. Henny Brawley darted out into the trail. “Annie, I’m so completely happy to work out you. ” Broward’s Rock’s such a lot comprehensive reader of puzzle fiction wore a scarlet linen go well with. A narrow gold necklace supported a rectangular ceramic likeness of Agatha Christie. Henny’s grey hair was once swept again in smooth waves. Her expression of shock mingled with satisfaction could have performed justice to Jessica Fletcher upon discovering a corpse. Annie puzzled how lengthy Henny had lurked at the back of the bush, ready. “How’d you recognize I’d are available through the aspect door? ” Henny’s eyes narrowed, then she capitulated. “You needed to park,” she stated tersely. “Look, i needed to provide you this. ” She thrust a two-by-three-inch piece of cardboard into Annie’s hand. “I comprehend this may hit the bestseller record. I’m pondering a bit publication, with a unmarried quote on every one web page.

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