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By Carolyn Hart

“If I have been educating a direction on easy methods to write a secret, i might make Carolyn Hart required reading.”
Los Angeles Times

“One of the preferred practitioners of the conventional secret” (Cleveland simple Dealer), Carolyn Hart is unstoppable—and her loss of life on call for secret sequence turns out to get well with each publication. The facts? Dead via Midnight, once more that includes book place proprietor and someday sleuth Annie Darling and her adoring p.i. husband Max. Their look for the reality in the back of a surprising “suicide” that rocks the idyllic (if just a little homicide-prone) island of Broward’s Rock will make any secret reader an immediate fan—joining an ever-growing multitude that comes with bestselling mystery writer Robert Crais, who proclaims, “I’m a sucker for Carolyn Hart’s Annie and Max series.”

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The yard was once shallow. Spanish moss and resurrection ferns dotted the reside oaks. A mild breeze stirred dangling willow fronds. Patches of grass unfold in abnormal clumps at the dusty grey floor. A boardwalk led from the again steps of the cottage to a gap within the pine woods. Annie recalled the geography. She proposal a lot of the woodland in the back of Pat’s condo used to be a part of a nature protect. lighting fixtures sparkling overdue at evening had drawn Mrs. Croft around the highway. She had came upon Pat’s condominium empty and located Pat within the yard bobbing up the boardwalk. Annie checked out the woods. She had a fit admire for island woods after darkish whilst a fox may possibly nostril carefully via undergrowth or a bobcat wait in ambush for an unwary deer. but Pat Merridew have been arriving from the woods whilst Mrs. Croft got here to envision. furthermore, Mrs. Croft turned acquainted with lighting fixtures on past due at evening in Pat’s apartment, which instructed her foray into the woods could have been repeated. perhaps the deep darkness with the rustle of evening creatures had soothed Pat. Annie nearly grew to become away, then stopped, gazing the dim front into the woods. anything had happened lately in Pat’s lifestyles that had resulted in homicide. definitely late-night walks within the wooded area certified as strange. Annie walked speedily around the backyard. within the woods, she studied a slim course. With a shrug, she grew to become correct. She a twisting, vine-shrouded course that grew ever fainter. the trail eventually ended at a murky lagoon with water as black as pitch. She’d no longer glimpsed a unmarried condominium or offshoot path. scorching and bug-nipped, she retraced her steps and paused on the establishing into Pat’s yard. She spoke aloud. “She was once a few form of nut if she went that means. ” With a sigh, Annie persisted within the different path. the trail curved in general north and west. She waved away swarms of flies and no-see-’ums. Yaupon holly and ferns choked the floor underneath the cover of reside oaks, lessen pine, and magnolias. a contemporary heavy summer time rain had left puddles. She squished alongside the muddy path, most likely staining her cream leather-based loafers forever. She used to be leaving a special set of tracks. A bicycle may have come this manner, yet she observed no tire prints. Children’s voices rose in chatter and shouts. eventually, an indication of lifestyles. Annie rigorously eased aside saw-palmetto fronds to bare an asphalt parking zone at the back of a playground. She stepped warily, after a cautious survey of the floor. She used to be good conscious that rattlesnakes and alligators inhabited the woods. She set free a small breath of aid as she reached the car parking zone unscathed. A chain-link fence bounded the playground. children scooped sand into buckets. 4- and five-year-olds swung, clambered up and down ladders to a wood citadel, slid down slides, or maneuvered on a small plastic hiking wall. Annie walked previous the small grey constitution. on the street, she observed the doorway and an indication putting from an iron put up: chuffed DAYS baby CARE. She famous the hours. The day care closed at seven P. M. proprietor or employees could have been there on Friday night, however the direction could simply be noticeable to anyone status within the parking zone and pulling apart greenery.

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