The Christie Caper–Carolyn Hart

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This was the first of these books that I read, back when I was in high school. I loved this series, and devoured all the books in it. I’ve fallen off a bit these last few years because after so long, a series tends to feel a little stale and repetitive.

However, it is worth noting that I met the author several times at book signings and she was always very kind and lovely to me. I adore her.

This series focuses on Annie, the owner of a mystery bookstore on an island off the coast of South Carolina. She solves mysteries with the help of her friends and husband.

In this book, Annie is hosting a mystery conference celebrating Agatha Christie (and now you know how I found this series, I have a well-documented love of all things Christie) which becomes the venue for a nasty series of events.

Neil Bledsoe, a guest at the conference, is apparently a terrible human being and everyone who has had anything to do with him hates him desperately. This includes, for example, the headlining author, whose daughter he seduced, beat and drove to suicide. As well as his stepson, who blames him for the death of his mother. Something like half a dozen people at the conference hate him desperately.

Thus, it’s not much of a surprise that someone shoots at him at the cocktail reception that opens the conference. Nor that someone pushes a vase off the roof to try to hit him.

But when murder strikes, it strikes the witness of the shooting. The next death is Bledsoe’s elderly aunt.

Who is the apparently inept murderer stalking the conference? Can they figure it out before the conference ends and the suspects scatter to their own homes again?

This is a charming book, as indeed are all these books. Plus, when you buy a copy of these books you are supporting a gracious and friendly author who was kind to my infant at a signing once.

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