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

  • Barbara Rogers
    Jul 09, 2017

    Maybe even 2.5 stars

    Series: Death on Demand #26

    Publication Date: May 2, 2017

    I absolutely cannot believe I’m giving this one three stars. This is the final book in the series and I would have hoped for it to end with a bang rather than a whimper. I would have loved it if Annie and Max had decided to close everything down and sail around the world or maybe they find themselves expecting a child – just something – rather than this non-ending ending. Max has deteriorated to the point that I almost

    Maybe even 2.5 stars

    Series: Death on Demand #26

    Publication Date: May 2, 2017

    I absolutely cannot believe I’m giving this one three stars. This is the final book in the series and I would have hoped for it to end with a bang rather than a whimper. I would have loved it if Annie and Max had decided to close everything down and sail around the world or maybe they find themselves expecting a child – just something – rather than this non-ending ending. Max has deteriorated to the point that I almost didn’t recognize him – he is such a wimpy, uninteresting fellow. Annie too has become a wimp and has lost her determination. So, I guess I have to say that, given the quality of this book, it is time for the series to end and it is a sad ending indeed for a much-loved series.

    The book is a normal size, but a portion at the end is taken up with the content of the Chapbooks that are being written by Henny, Laurel, and Emma. I will definitely NOT miss those three because they are becoming very tiresome. At the beginning of the book, you also have a number of pages taken up with a ‘Cast of Characters’ and a ‘timetable’ that is totally unnecessary. So, you have the middle portion left for the actual story.

    The mystery itself is okay, but you just don’t come to care about the characters. In previous books you would have come to really know and understand the characters – maybe there were just too many suspects. For some of the suspects, we probably had a total of 5 or 6 lines dealing with them – Curt Roundtree is a prime example of that. Also, the first murder didn’t even occur until something like 100-pages into the book. As I said, the mystery was an okay mystery, but I just never felt invested in any of the victims or suspects.

    Frankly, I almost felt that this book was written by another author – not only a different author who hadn’t written any of the previous books but one who hadn’t read them either. I was really disappointed in the wrap-up for the series.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Paula
    Jul 02, 2017

    I lost all sympathy for Ves when it was revealed that she was selling an ivory chess set in her shop--no, I'm not revealing anything about the plot, just showing that the author isn't sympathetic to the plight of elephants losing their lives so someone can use their tusks. Disgusting.

    I've enjoyed the early books in this series, but this one did not hold my interest. It flitted from one viewpoint to another and had no depth.

  • Janice
    Jul 06, 2017

    I generally love the Death on Demand series and look forward to new ones. This one let me down. It seemed to have been sloppily written, the characters were not true to themselves. For example, I can't imagine Annie calling laurel ditzy (she certainly thinks it but would never uses that word), or calls Max a hunk ( he may be one, but she wouldn't use that word). Or who in the world would ever call laurel as Ma! What a common designation for such an elegant lady! There was a lot of repetition (ho

    I generally love the Death on Demand series and look forward to new ones. This one let me down. It seemed to have been sloppily written, the characters were not true to themselves. For example, I can't imagine Annie calling laurel ditzy (she certainly thinks it but would never uses that word), or calls Max a hunk ( he may be one, but she wouldn't use that word). Or who in the world would ever call laurel as Ma! What a common designation for such an elegant lady! There was a lot of repetition (how many times can Annie call Max her Joe Hardy?) and most of all, Annie was really off her game. I think readers could have figured out the murderer well before Annie had a clue! And so many foreshadows (I'm probably not using this correctly) but no connection to the resolution of the plot (why the focus on the timeline?) Come on, Carolyn, don't ruin this delightful series by taking shortcuts on writing and editing!

    PS: I just read that this is the final death on demand novel. How sad it went out on a wimper instead of a grand finale!


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