Walking on My Grave: The Final Death on Demand Book By Carolyn Hart

May 13, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Walking on My Grave. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Ves Roundtree has money, lots of it. She inherited from her brother who recently passed away. The will states she has use of the money for her lifetime, and then it passes to six other people. Of those six, it’s pretty much unanimous that they should get the money now.

Ves invites them all to dinner to give an accounting of the money as it stands now. She’s spent some, of course, but investments mean it made enough money to replenish that and add some too. Frankly, she’s worth a lot more to them dead, rather than alive. Add in the fact that they’re all desperate for money due to blackmail, an aversion to work, a potential investment, a desire for adventure, to keep a spouse hopeful, and poor investment choices, and they’re liable to do anything to get the cash. book

A few days after the dinner, Ves arrives home and while going upstairs, slips and falls. It’s only by chance she’s able to save herself, resulting in a wrenched shoulder. After a visit to the doctor, she examines the stairs and finds they are exceptionally clean. Her theory is someone, one of the six heirs, wants her dead. Not only that, but after making the stairs slippery, they broke into the house again to clean up so it couldn’t be proved. It takes a cold person to stand outside and wait to see what happens after a planned accident.

Ves tells her concerns to Annie Darling, owner of Death on Demand bookstore because she wants someone to know in case she’s killed. Ves doesn’t think Billy Cameron, police chief, will believe her with so little to go on. Annie’s married to Max who works (sometimes) at his business, Confidential Commissions. With the help of Emma Clyde, famous mystery author, Henny Brawley, Annie’s best customer, and Laurel Roethke, Annie’s mother-in-law, they set out to find out each of the six alibis.

When a body is found, seemingly an accident or suicide occurs, everyone believes the victim had caused Ves’s fall. Everyone but Annie and her friends, that is. Billy is almost on board with their theories but he needs proof. A second death baffles them all and proves the first was murder as well. It’s up to Annie, Max and their friends to work with Billy to bring the truth into the open.

This is book number twenty-six, and the final book, in the long running Death on Demand series. As usual, Hart weaves a tight storyline with plenty of clues, red herrings, misdirection, and a goodly number of suspects, all with iffy alibis. Readers will delight in Broward’s Rock and Annie’s mystery book shop where Annie has new paintings each month so customers can guess what book they depict. Annie also recommends books to customers, thereby increasing the number of books in the To Be Read pile for readers as well.

Carolyn Hart also writes the Bailey Ruth Ghost mysteries (7 books with another one set for October) and has three stand-alone books.

To enter to win a copy of Walking on my Grave, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “grave,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 20, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble and a Kindle. You can find several of Sandra’s short stories at Untreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur,” included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now. Look for Denali, in the anthology Dogs and Dragons.

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  1. Sorry to hear she is closing the shop on this series!

  2. The series is so good

  3. thank-you for the review.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  4. Another wonderful series that is ending. Looking forward to a great read by a great author.

  5. Max and Annie Darling are two of my favorite characters. I hate to say goodbye to them, but would love to win a copy of Walking on My Grave ~

  6. The Death on Demand Series by Carolyn Hart is my favorite series by Carolyn Hart and I am sad to learn that this will be the final book in the series. But I am looking forward to reading it.

  7. A good story is a fitting end to this long running series.

  8. Looking forward to reading another book in this series. Thank you.

  9. I love this series and am so sad that this is the last book. I will miss Annie and Max and all of the other great characters. Carolyn Hart has a unique way with this series and her Bailey Ruth series as well.

  10. This is probably my all time favorite series. I just hate she is ending it. Makes me very sad. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this last title


  11. Wow, 26 books, that’s a really long series! It sounds great, I wonder if I could read the whole series backwards :^) Thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  12. Sad to see the final book in this wonderful series.

  13. Walking on My Grave is bound to be good, the culmination of a charming series by a charming lady. I’d LOVE to win a copy.

  14. Walking on My Grave is bound to be good, the culmination of a charming series by a charming lady. I’d LOVE to win a copy.

  15. This is a fantastic series. Can’t wait to read “Walking on My Grave”. Thanks for the chance.

  16. Sorry to see the series end. Would love to win the last book

  17. We have a winner!


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