Death Walked In - Death on Demand, Bk 18 Author:Carolyn Hart Annie Darling discovers the secret of the Franklin house, but Death Walked In . . . — Max Darling hasn't been interested in crime since his brush with a seductive young woman put him in danger of losing his freedom. He even refuses to talk to a woman who calls for help and says she is afraid. The caller leaves word she's hidden something in the a... more »ntebellum house Max and his wife, Annie, are restoring. When Annie finds out, she hurries to the woman's home, only to discover her shot. Annie hears her final whisper as she holds the dying woman's hand.
Evidence links the dead woman to a nearby home, where a fortune in gold coins has gone missing. The gold coins, rare Double Eagles, were stolen from a house filled with visiting family members, twentysomethings hungry for money and several with secrets they must keep. Is one of them willing to kill for a fortune in coins? Or is it the dead woman's high school dropout son? Max is there when the police arrest the son, but the boy's shock upon learning of his mother's death convinces Max of his innocence. Max and Annie plunge wholeheartedly into the investigation.
But are the coins hidden in Annie and Max's Franklin house? The intruder who shoots at Max seems to think so. And who walks in when Annie discovers the secret of that house?« less
This is the first book I have read by this author. I found the book to be very boring in parts. The plot was not well written and there never seemed to be a clear motive or suspects. Would probably not read another book by this author.
Max Darling, still recovering from his harrowing experience in the previous book, has been avoiding clients with problems. So when a woman calls for help, saying she is afraid, he refuses to talk to her. But the woman tells Max's secretary that she has hidden something in the old house that Max and Annie have bought and are restoring, so Annie rushes to meet with her - and finds her shot and dying. Max's guilt over her death makes him determined to find the killer, as well as the stolen gold coins that it becomes obvious she hid. But the killer is looking for them as well, and is willing to kill again.
Max and Annie Darling are as intrepid as ever in this latest mystery, which trots along at a brisk pace and with the usual deftness that readers have come to expect from Hart. While nothing spectacular, it nevertheless is another engaging addition to a good series.