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Britt Barlow is certain her media mogul brother-in-law Jeremiah Addison’s fatal tumble a year ago was no accident — especially since she herself discovered, and disposed of, the trip wire someone had strung across the stairs. Now she’s bringing all who were in attendance that weekend back to Golden Silk — Addison’s luxurious secluded island estate — and inviting two extra guests, Annie and Max Darling, to help uncover a killer.
Annie Darling wouldn’t miss this party for the world! And there certainly is no lack of suspects among the guests, each of whom had a substantial motive for doing in the insufferable tycoon. But the party turns deadly when a houseman mysteriously vanishes, along with the boats which are the only escape off Addison’s island — leaving the Darlings stranded on a floating rock in the middle of nowhere, too close to a solution for comfort, and stalked by a crafty murderer.
This is my first book by Carolyn Hart and I was surprised that she has written quite a few. I picked “Death of the Party” hoping for a light weekend read, a mystery novel but nothing too heavy (even lighter than a cozy mystery) and I got exactly what I wanted. On a better day I would have dumped this one for a solid read but strangely my expectations for this week’s reading was rock bottom.
Britt Barlow is trying to set the record straight with regards to her brother-in-law Jeremiah Addison’s death a year ago. She invites everyone present on that fateful day to return back to Golden Silk – a secluded luxurious island. She also invites the Darlings (Annie and Max) to help find the murderer and the investigation kicks off from there.
The plot is interesting and set in Agatha Christie’s fashion where almost all the characters have motives. Some of them are rude and obnoxious during the stay, while a few others are eager to find the murderer and get back to normal life. It all appears to be pretense and the first expectation is for you to suspect every person, but then, this is where the plot fails. I knew who the murderer was right from the beginning and hence the excitement that is associated with a mystery was dead. The character description and definitions were rushed through and you cannot make a connection with anyone in this.
That said, I enjoyed reading this book and it served my purpose of a fun read but if you are looking for excitement and some mystery than you are better off picking any another cozy mystery. Rated a 3 on 5.