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Publication Order of Death On Demand Books

Death On Demand (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Design For Murder (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something Wicked (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honeymoon with Murder (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Little Class on Murder (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Valentine (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christie Caper (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Southern Ghost (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mint Julep Murder (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yankee Doodle Dead (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
White Elephant Dead (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sugarplum Dead (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
April Fool Dead (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Engaged to Die (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Walks the Plank (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of the Party (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Days of Summer (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Walked In (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dare to Die (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Laughed 'Til He Died (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead by Midnight (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Comes Silently (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead, White, and Blue (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death at the Door (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Go Home (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking on My Grave (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Henrie O Books

Henrie O's Holiday (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Man's Island (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scandal in Fair Haven (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Lovers' Lane (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Paradise (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the River Walk (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resort to Murder (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Set Sail for Murder (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bailey Ruth Books

Ghost at Work (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Merry, Merry Ghost (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost in Trouble (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Gone Wild (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Wanted (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost to the Rescue (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Times Two (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost on the Case (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Ups Her Game (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Blows a Kiss (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Nela Farley Books

What the Cat Saw (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Carolyn G. Hart Standalone Novels

The Secret of the Cellars (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerous Summer (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rendezvous in Veracruz (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Easy Answers (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danger High Explosives! (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flee From the Past (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Settling of Accounts (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape from Paris (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death by Surprise (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rich Die Young (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle Rock (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brave Hearts (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skulduggery (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letter From Home (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cry in the Night (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cliff's Edge (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Stakes (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peril Off Padre (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Carolyn G. Hart Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Carolyn G. Hart Short Story Collections

Crime on Her Mind (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets and Other Stories of Suspense (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Carolyn G. Hart Non-Fiction Books

Cooks' Books (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Much Depends on Dinner (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Feast of Cooks (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Harlequin Gothic Romance Books

Castle Malice (By: Marilyn Ross) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seventh Gate (By: Dolores Holliday) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Satyr Ring (By: Alison Quinn) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ravens of Rockhurst (By: Marian Martin) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle At Jade Cove (By: Helen B. Hicks) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Innocent Madness (By: Dulcie Hollyock) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Restless Obsession (By: Jane Toombs) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fourth Letter (By: Alison Quinn) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Masquerade (By: Dulcie Hollyock) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legacy Of Raven's Rise (By: Helen B. Hicks) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devereaux Legacy (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows Over Briarcliff (By: Marilyn Ross) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return To Shadow Creek (By: Helen B. Hicks) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blue House (By: Dolores Holliday) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord of High Cliff Manor (By: Irene M. Pascoe) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Island Of Mystery (By: Margaret M. Scariano) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirage On The Amazon (By: Mary Kistler) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Over Bright Star (By: Irene M. Pascoe) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret At Orient Point (By: Patricia Werner) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Deadly Allies Books

Deadly Allies (With: Sue Grafton,Sara Paretsky,Jan Grape,Susan Dunlap,Margaret Maron,Nancy Pickard,Loren D. Estleman,Julie Smith,Jeremiah Healy,Max Allan Collins,Benjamin M. Schutz,John Lutz,Robert J. Randisi,Lia Matera,Michael Collins,Marilyn Wallace,Rob Kantner,Sandra Scoppettone,Sarah Andrews,Bob Randisi) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Allies II (By: Susan Dunlap,Loren D. Estleman,John Lutz,Robert J. Randisi) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Books

with Mary Daheim
Just Desserts (By: Mary Daheim) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fowl Prey (By: Mary Daheim) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holy Terrors (By: Mary Daheim) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dune to Death (By: Mary Daheim) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bantam of the Opera (By: Mary Daheim) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fit of Tempera (By: Mary Daheim) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Major Vices (By: Mary Daheim) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, My Suite (By: Mary Daheim) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Auntie Mayhem (By: Mary Daheim) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nutty as a Fruitcake (By: Mary Daheim) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
September Mourn (By: Mary Daheim) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wed and Buried (By: Mary Daheim) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snow Place to Die (By: Mary Daheim) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legs Benedict (By: Mary Daheim) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Creeps Suzette (By: Mary Daheim) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Streetcar Named Expire (By: Mary Daheim) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suture Self (By: Mary Daheim) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silver Scream (By: Mary Daheim) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hocus Croakus (By: Mary Daheim) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Old Souse (By: Mary Daheim) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Man Docking (By: Mary Daheim) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saks & Violins (By: Mary Daheim) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scots on the Rocks (By: Mary Daheim) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vi Agra Falls (By: Mary Daheim) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loco Motive (By: Mary Daheim) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Pretty Hearses (By: Mary Daheim) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wurst Is Yet to Come (By: Mary Daheim) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gone with the Win (By: Mary Daheim) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clam Wake (By: Mary Daheim) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Comes the Bribe (By: Mary Daheim) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Case of Bier (By: Mary Daheim) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady MacDeath (By: Mary Daheim) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Sisters in Crime 2(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Allies(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Mystery Series: Top Female Sleuths(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fine Art of Murder: The Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Partners in Crime(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimes of the Heart(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 4(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Funny Bones: 15 New Tales of Murder and Mayhem(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 2(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magnolias and Mayhem(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love and Death(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motherhood Is Murder(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sunken Sailor(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Across the Map(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimes by Moonlight(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mysterious Writers: The Many Facets of Mystery Writing(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

If there were ever noble terms to describe authors, one author by the name Carolyn G. Hart would be worthy of all those terms.

Carolyn Gimpel Hart, born August 25th, 1936 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is an American mystery writer who specializes in traditional mysteries, also known as cozy mysteries. One may describe her as a real life Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame.

In 1958, Hart graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Journalism. But her career as a writer and journalist started much earlier. By the tender age of 11, she had already decided that she would be a newspaper reporter when she grew up. While at Cleveland Elementary, Taft Junior High and Classen High School, she worked on school newspapers and other publications.

She met her husband Philip while travelling through Europe during her junior year. Right after graduation, while Philip attended law school, Hart became a reporter for The Norman Transcript. However, her career as a reporter was short lived. She quit the job and the business with the birth of her son, Philip Jr. In 1964, after the birth of her daughter Sarah, Hart entered and won a writing contest for a mystery novel intended to attract adolescent girls to the genre. Propelled with this win, she went on to write several novels for teenage and young adult audiences between 1965 and 1972.

She wrote nine stand-alone mystery and suspense novels between 1972 and 1987 geared towards a more main stream audience. Unfortunately these works only had modest success primarily because America was still not ready for female mystery writers. Only after publication successes by Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton did publishers start paying attention to female mystery writers. In 1987 Hart had her break through success with Death on Demand series.
She reached the height of her career in 1987 with the publication of the first novel in the Death on Demand series. Since then, she has published 36 novels as part of three series (Death on Demand, Henrie O and Baily Ruth Raeburn) and an additional 20 non-series, stand-alone novels. She has averaged two books published each year since 1987. She has only one non-fiction book to her credit. Written in 1980 with Charles F. Long, The Sooner Story, 1890-1980 is a history of Oklahoma.

Hart was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her stand-alone novel about the World War II era: Letter from Home. The nomination came from the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at her rival, the Oklahoma State University at Tulsa. Hart has twice appeared as a featured mystery writer at the Library of Congress Book Festival in 2003 and 2007.

Hart has been recognized for her successes as a writer and has won numerous awards including the Mystery Writers of America, Grand Master in 2014. She has been nominated nine times for the Agatha Award and won it three times. She has won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original twice after being nominated five times. She has won the Macavity Award for Best Paperback Original twice. The Ridley Pearson Award for significant contribution to the mystery field. She is also a member and past president of the Sisters in Crime, global organization with 3,600 members in 48 chapters offering networking, support and advice for female mystery writers. Ms. Hart is not only well decorated and awarded, she is also very well connected and respected among her peers. She is also a member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, the International Crime Writers Association, the International Thrillers Association, and the American Crime Writers League. She gave back to her university and her professional when she taught professional writing at the University of Oklahoma, School of Journalism from 1982 to 1985.

Hart’s first novel of the Death on Demand series is called Death on Demand. The series features Annie Laurance, owner of the Death on Demand bookstore. This shop is located in a fictional South Carolinian island community called Broward’s Rock. The setting of the novels in a bookstore allows Hart and her main character Annie some opportunities for plots and mysteries. As part of an ongoing theme, visitors to the bookshop have a chance to win any book in the shop if they can identify the mystery five mysteries represented in a painting hanging in the shop. The series consists of 24 novels of which 13 books have the work “Death,” “Dead” or “Die” in the title.

Hart’s second series Henrie O features Henrie O’Dwyer Collins, a retired newswoman in her 70s as she travels across the country and around the work. She solves crimes and mysteries which seem to follow her to her next destination. The character seems to be a little autobiographical and harkens backs to her days as a new reporter. Also, there are similarities to Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote. The first book in the series, Dead Man’s Island, published in 1993 was turned into a TV movie in 1996 staring Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeanie) and William Shatner (Star Trek). This series has seven novels in it.
Hart’s new protagonist is Bailey Ruth Raeburn. This character also seems to reflect some part of Hart in her as she is a native Oklahoman from the fictional town of Adelaide. The story goes that Bailey was killed at sea and her ghost returns to earth to help her hometown. She takes the “Rescue Express” down to earth and must adjust to her special powers while on earth and not to violate the Percepts for Earthly Visitation. This series seems to harken back to the television series featuring Michael Landon called Highway to Heaven.

It seems like Ms. Hart has not slowed down with age. If anything, it seems the exact opposite. She has increased the frequency and volume of her writings and publications in recent years. Her career is not over yet, she is still writing and adding to the genre of traditional or cozy mysteries. This seems only fair, I suppose, the publishing world did not allow her to see success until Death on Demand which was published in 1987. Hart was 51 at the time. Here career is relatively young if you think about it that way.

Carolyn Hart is an accomplished American author who has published more than 50 mystery novels. All her novels are based on the Mystery and Thriller genres. Carolyn is considered as a master of mystery considering the fact that all her novels have been widely popular. Her novels are particularly famous in the cozy mystery category. She was born on August 25, 1936 as Carolyn Gimpel Hart in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, The United States. She was brought up in the same city and still continues to live there. Carolyn completed her schooling from the Classen High School. Before that, she attended the Cleveland Elementary School and the Taft Junior High School. When she was 11 years old, she wanted to become a newspaper reporter.

Carolyn used to frequently work on her school papers starting from her grade school. She continued with her hobby in her college too. After her college studies got over, she went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma in Phi Beta Kappa. She majored in journalism and was hoping to become a journalist. On one of her trips to Europe in her junior college, she met her husband Philip, who was studying law at that time. After her graduation, Carolyn began working as a reporter for The Norman Transcript. Carolyn gave up her job as a reporter after the birth of her son. She was looking for some exciting work to do instead of sitting idle in her home. Hence, after the birth of her daughter, Carolyn tried her hand at writing a mystery novel at a writing competition. She won the contest, which was organized by Dodd, Mead publishing house.

Emerging as a winner in the contest motivated her to write more young adult and teenage mystery novels. Her initial stint as a professional writer saw only moderate success. The publishers at that time were less interested in publishing mystery novels written by female authors. Only the famous ones were lucky enough to get their mystery writings published. As a result, the initial 9 standalone novels written by her did not see much success. However, it was in the year 1987 when her novel series, Death on Demand did wonders for her and turned her life upside down. The success of the series brought a lot of name and fame to her writing career. This encouraged her to write more mystery novels over the years.

Being a well-known author, Carolyn appeared at the National Book Festival of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C as one of the featured mystery authors for two times. Her stand-alone novel based on the World War II won her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In her four decade long career as an author, Carolyn Hart has won a number of awards and nominations. The list of the awards includes the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, the Anthony Award as well as a few others. Other than these achievements, Carolyn has also been a member and one of the past presidents of the Sisters in Crime association.

Carolyn has written a number of mystery novel series, including the Death on Demand and Bailey Ruth series. The Bailey Ruth series consists of six different novels featuring the main protagonist Bailey Ruth Raeburn, who is a ghost. She was killed near the sea and has returned to Earth with the help of a fictional rescue express and is not allowed to violate the laws of Earth. It takes her some time to adjust to her powers. The novels of the series were published over a period of six years from 2008 to 2014. The first novel of the series was titled ‘Ghost at Work’ and was published in the year 2008 by the William Morrow publishing house. The plot of the novel is set in Adelaide, Oklahoma, United States.

The main protagonist, Bailey Ruth Raeburn had a specialty in solving mystery cases before her death. However, nothing has changed by her death only that she has become more efficient as a ghost in solving the crimes. She can now be helpful to everyone and wishes to be seen or not on her own choice. One such needful person is the pastor’s wife Kathleen. The pastor is about to get arrested as a suspect of a murder in her house. The dead body is lying on Kathleen’s porch, who does not want it to get discovered in order to save her husband. Being a member of the Department of Good Intentions of Heaven, Bailey Ruth returns to earth to help Kathleen in the dire situation. She is not allowed to bend the rules of the earth and if anything such thing happens, Wiggins is the one to take care of it and see to it that everything is set right in the end.

The second novel of the series was published in the year 2009 by the William Morrow publishing house. It was titled ‘Merry, Merry Ghost’. The second novel too continues to showcase the ghost life of Bailey Ruth, whose spirits have not been lowered by her death as she has become even more eager to solve the mysteries on earth. It is the time of Christmas holiday when everyone is busy in making preparations for the festival. A wealthy woman in Adelaide, Oklahoma is about to embrace family and giving. On discovering that she is blessed with a grandson, the woman decides to change her will in favor of her grandson. She decides to give the most of her fortune to her grandson, leaving only a few for the rest of her family. All the members of her family seemed to be shocked and furious at her.

One of her heirs wanted her not to sign the will. Soon, she is discovered dead and the life of her grandson also seems to be in danger. Bailey Ruth is once again given the job serving the justice. She is ordered by Wiggins and the Department of Good Intentions of Heaven to return back to earth and protect the little boy from the murderers of his grandmother. Bailey Ruth decides to find the murderer using her investigative skills and save the Christmas from getting spoilt. She seems to be confused between the family members of the woman as everyone of them had the motive of killing her. However, she determined to find that one person from the whole family who has committed the murder for the lust of her fortune.

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2 Responses to “Carolyn G. Hart”

  1. Natalie Peters: 12 months ago

    Nice website. It’s come up a couple times when I’ve googled some mystery writers. Good job giving bio information with personal life information, not just dry facts, and written work summaries readers (and I’m sure many aspiring writers) are interested in.
    So interesting that Carolyn G Hart only had success at 51 and had a very active career after that. Inspiring.

    • Graeme: 12 months ago

      Thank you 🙂


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