Walking on My Grave by Carolyn G. Hart

Walking on My Grave

In the latest Death on Demand Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Go Home book seller Annie Darling learns murder and money go hand in hand...Annie’s friend and fellow shop owner Ves Roundtree is a very wealthy woman. Her rich brother entrusted her with his estate and upon her death, his fortune is to be divided. Several cash-strapped islanders are...

Title:Walking on My Grave
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:255 pages

Walking on My Grave Reviews

  • Daniele
    May 16, 2017

    2.5 stars

    I feel disloyal for not loving this last Death on Demand mystery. It was enjoyable enough but repetitive. There were so many details given about things that had nothing to do with the plot (do we really need to know minutiae concerning a couch?). I love Annie, Max, and all of the other recurring characters, and I will miss them as this is the last book in the series, but the characters specific to this book are lackluster at best. The mystery is rather weak.

    I received a copy of this tit

    2.5 stars

    I feel disloyal for not loving this last Death on Demand mystery. It was enjoyable enough but repetitive. There were so many details given about things that had nothing to do with the plot (do we really need to know minutiae concerning a couch?). I love Annie, Max, and all of the other recurring characters, and I will miss them as this is the last book in the series, but the characters specific to this book are lackluster at best. The mystery is rather weak.

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher

  • Lesa
    May 14, 2017

    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 chapboo

    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.

  • Peggy
    May 17, 2017

    This is the last of Carolyn Hart's,Death on Demand series.

    I usually really get into her Annie and Max Darling's mysteries,but this one was very slow in grabbing my interest.

    The second half of the book,is much better than the first half.

    The story revolves around a trust,and the current trustee,Ves Roundtree.

    After someone tries to kill Ves,the Darlings are pulled into the investigation.

    Parts of the story,sounds like Agetha Christie's,Then There were None.

    Different people who wou

    This is the last of Carolyn Hart's,Death on Demand series.

    I usually really get into her Annie and Max Darling's mysteries,but this one was very slow in grabbing my interest.

    The second half of the book,is much better than the first half.

    The story revolves around a trust,and the current trustee,Ves Roundtree.

    After someone tries to kill Ves,the Darlings are pulled into the investigation.

    Parts of the story,sounds like Agetha Christie's,Then There were None.

    Different people who would split the trust,once Ves is dead,start to be killed or attempts are made on their lives.

    I almost only gave this only 3 stars,but the last half of the book saved unit.

  • Stephanie
    May 19, 2017

    You know, these just aren't that good any longer. Although I could talk about how uninteresting Annie and Max are at the moment and how I find the Emma/Henny/Laurel triumvirate equally tiresome, I will instead talk about how lazily they are written. In the first, let's say ten books, Hart was very good at fully fleshing out all the characters. Even if we had just met them new characters were complete and I understood their motivations and actions. I got invested in their story. Now we get nothin

    You know, these just aren't that good any longer. Although I could talk about how uninteresting Annie and Max are at the moment and how I find the Emma/Henny/Laurel triumvirate equally tiresome, I will instead talk about how lazily they are written. In the first, let's say ten books, Hart was very good at fully fleshing out all the characters. Even if we had just met them new characters were complete and I understood their motivations and actions. I got invested in their story. Now we get nothing like that. We don't even get Max doing background checks on the suspects! Just taking one suspect from this book - Curtis Roundtree - we have him briefly talking to his mother in the intro chapters, Max trying to talk to him and having a door slammed on his face (2 sentences from Roundtree, max); a short phone conversation; and finally ONE SENTENCE in the denouement. THE HELL?!?! Can you imagine such a character in Southern Ghost?

  • Suzanne
    May 22, 2017

    For me this book was an absolute page turner. Carolyn Hart at her best.

    The premise is Ves Roundtree is in charge of her late brother Rufus' estate. She has use of the money until she dies at which time the trust will be divided. Of course Ves can give some of the money to the heirs if she chooses. And of course, each of the six heirs request a loan and each is denied.

    After an attempt on her life Ves stops by Death on Demand to talk to Annie Darling. And then decides to confront everyone with Ma

    For me this book was an absolute page turner. Carolyn Hart at her best.

    The premise is Ves Roundtree is in charge of her late brother Rufus' estate. She has use of the money until she dies at which time the trust will be divided. Of course Ves can give some of the money to the heirs if she chooses. And of course, each of the six heirs request a loan and each is denied.

    After an attempt on her life Ves stops by Death on Demand to talk to Annie Darling. And then decides to confront everyone with Max and Annie there. After a possible suicide by one of the heirs, the murder of a second, the missing body of Ves and the attempted murder of a third. Annie, Max, and the intrepid trio, Emma, Henny and Laurel help Billy Cameron find the real killer.

    I have to admit I enjoy these books because Carolyn Hart gives you a cast of characters at the beginning with a sentence describing them. Which helps out especially when some characters aren't that prominent. I can go back and check who they are.

    The characters are also fully described. Even if you are a veteran reader of the series there seems to be something that will describe Emma or Henny or Annie just a bit better with just a few words.

    And the description of Broward's Rock. After Twenty-five books it still is a new and wonderful place to visit. I can picture the lush foliage, the water, birds, bike paths and alligators. These are the same and yet new with every book.

    I figured out who the killer was early, changed then went back. For me the fun was really not solving the murders but the journey getting there.

    Since I collect the Death on Demand series, it was an absolute joy to go into an actual brick and mortar bookstore, snag the last hard cover copy, and then wait to read it until just the right day. As much as I like my kindle there is still something about holding a book in your hands and dozing off with your finger or thumb holding your place. And I never have to stop to recharge.

  • Donna
    May 22, 2017

    3.5 stars. Ves Roundtree's brother left her his large fortune and the other beneficiaries of his estate must wait until her death to inherit. That means six couples/individuals who need money are unhappy that she is still alive. A nasty fall at her home is no accident and Ves knows someone is trying to kill her. She enlists the help of Max and Annie Darling to figure out who wants her dead.

    I have read only one of the 25 other books in this series. I like these pleasant and easy-to-read cozy myst

    3.5 stars. Ves Roundtree's brother left her his large fortune and the other beneficiaries of his estate must wait until her death to inherit. That means six couples/individuals who need money are unhappy that she is still alive. A nasty fall at her home is no accident and Ves knows someone is trying to kill her. She enlists the help of Max and Annie Darling to figure out who wants her dead.

    I have read only one of the 25 other books in this series. I like these pleasant and easy-to-read cozy mysteries. My main suspect was not the killer although I had the real killer on my radar too.

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    May 25, 2017

    Walking on My Grave

    Death on Demand #26

    By Carolyn Hart

    ISBN#9780451488534

    Author Website: carolynhart.com

    Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

    Synopsis:

    Annie’s friend and fellow shop owner Ves Roundtree is a very wealthy woman. Her rich brother entrusted her with his estate, and upon her death, his fortune is to be divided. Several cash-strapped islanders are in line to collect life-changing inheritances. The problem is, Ves is very much alive.

    Ves hosts a din

    Walking on My Grave

    Death on Demand #26

    By Carolyn Hart

    ISBN#9780451488534

    Author Website: carolynhart.com

    Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

    Synopsis:

    Annie’s friend and fellow shop owner Ves Roundtree is a very wealthy woman. Her rich brother entrusted her with his estate, and upon her death, his fortune is to be divided. Several cash-strapped islanders are in line to collect life-changing inheritances. The problem is, Ves is very much alive.

    Ves hosts a dinner for the prospective beneficiaries and feels a chill in the air that has nothing to do with the wintry season. Not long after, she suffers a bad fall that was no accident. Everyone at the table had a motive but not a shred of evidence was left behind.

    When one of the suspects is found floating in the harbor and Ves disappears, Annie and her husband Max spring into action to catch a calculating killer before greed takes another life. (Goodreads)

    Review:

    Walking on My Grave is the twenty-sixth, and final, entry in the Death on Demand Mystery series. Bidding farewell to much loved characters is bittersweet, and Annie and Max Darling leave us much the same way they entered our lives – young and happy with each other and their life on the island.

    I have always enjoyed my time spent with the Darlings. As with any long running series, some books are better than others. Unfortunately for me, this is not one of my favorites. This makes me feel slightly guilty and disloyal to Ms Hart. On the bright side, twenty-six books in Ms. Hart’s formulaic stories and characters are as comfortable and familiar as Annie’s favorite booth at Perotti’s and a fried oyster sandwich. For as long as I have been reading these books, I have wished I could visit Broward’s Rock and Annie’s bookstore.

    In this outing, wealthy Ves Roundtree feels that one of the inheritors of her brother’s estate is in a hurry for Ves to die and divvy up the riches. Her fears are confirmed when she takes a tumble in her home that she is sure is no accident. When those who stand to gain from her demise are themselves being murdered and Ves disappears, time is of the essence to get to the bottom of things before the body count rises even more

    There is no death until approximately one hundred pages in, and despite the build up to the danger, this makes for a very slow start. The recurring characters are like old friends, but those central to this book are bland and uninspired. It is far too easy to pick out the murderer far too early. To further bog down the tale, there is a lot of repetition. So much rehashing the same information over and over. There are also many details given that have nothing to do with anything related to the mystery. I do not care what a couch looks like or what a characters wears each day. There is also too much emphasis on a chapbook project that just feels like padding.

    I have dearly loved most of the books in the Death on Demand series, and their absence will surely be felt as time goes on. Though Walking on My Grave is not the best of the books, I do not hesitate to recommend it to fans of the series. If you are new to Annie and crew, start with one of the earlier books.

  • Kathleen
    Jun 11, 2017

    I have read a number of these mysteries that involve Annie Darling, the owner of the Death on Demand Bookshop, her wealthy husband, Max, who sort of runs a detective agency, and a number of other repeat somewhat quirky characters who love being part of any investigation. Set on the fictitious island, Broward's Rock, off the coast of South Carolina, this murder mystery focused on a group of people who hoped to inherit a large sum of money. They all needed money, and a few seemed desperate enough

    I have read a number of these mysteries that involve Annie Darling, the owner of the Death on Demand Bookshop, her wealthy husband, Max, who sort of runs a detective agency, and a number of other repeat somewhat quirky characters who love being part of any investigation. Set on the fictitious island, Broward's Rock, off the coast of South Carolina, this murder mystery focused on a group of people who hoped to inherit a large sum of money. They all needed money, and a few seemed desperate enough to commit murder. The plot moved slowly and was a bit of a reach for me in places, and I found many of the characters tiresome. What I did like, however, is an annotated list of mystery books and authors toward the end of the book, an unexpected resource.


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