Carolyn Hart Books

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Carolyn Hart is an American author that writes mystery novels. She was born Carolyn Gimpel in 1936. The author spends her childhood in Oklahoma City. A former student at Cleveland Elementary and Taft Junior High, Hart knew from a young age that she wanted to write.

Order of Death On Demand Series

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1 Death On Demand 1987 Description / Buy
2 Design For Murder 1988 Description / Buy
3 Something Wicked 1988 Description / Buy
4 Honeymoon with Murder 1988 Description / Buy
5 A Little Class on Murder 1989 Description / Buy
6 Deadly Valentine 1990 Description / Buy
7 The Christie Caper 1991 Description / Buy
8 Southern Ghost 1992 Description / Buy
9 Mint Julep Murder 1995 Description / Buy
10 Yankee Doodle Dead 1998 Description / Buy
11 White Elephant Dead 1999 Description / Buy
12 Sugarplum Dead 2000 Description / Buy
13 April Fool Dead 2001 Description / Buy
14 Engaged to Die 2003 Description / Buy
15 Murder Walks the Plank 2004 Description / Buy
16 Death of the Party 2005 Description / Buy
17 Dead Days of Summer 2006 Description / Buy
18 Death Walked In 2008 Description / Buy
19 Dare to Die 2009 Description / Buy
20 Laughed 'Til He Died 2010 Description / Buy
21 Dead by Midnight 2011 Description / Buy
22 Death Comes Silently 2012 Description / Buy
23 Dead, White, and Blue 2013 Description / Buy
24 Death at the Door 2014 Description / Buy
25 Don't Go Home 2015 Description / Buy
26 From the Queen (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
27 Walking on My Grave 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Henrie O Series

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1 Henrie O's Holiday (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy
2 Dead Man's Island 1993 Description / Buy
3 Scandal in Fair Haven 1994 Description / Buy
4 Death in Lovers' Lane 1997 Description / Buy
5 Death in Paradise 1998 Description / Buy
6 Death on the River Walk 1999 Description / Buy
7 Resort to Murder 2001 Description / Buy
8 Set Sail for Murder 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Bailey Ruth Series

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1 Ghost at Work 2008 Description / Buy
2 Merry, Merry Ghost 2009 Description / Buy
3 Ghost in Trouble 2010 Description / Buy
4 Ghost Gone Wild 2013 Description / Buy
5 Ghost Wanted 2014 Description / Buy
6 Ghost to the Rescue 2015 Description / Buy
7 Ghost Times Two 2016 Description / Buy
8 Ghost on the Case 2017 Description / Buy
9 Ghost Ups Her Game 2020 Description / Buy
10 Ghost Blows a Kiss 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Nela Farley Series

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1 What the Cat Saw 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Carolyn G. Hart Standalone Novels

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1 The Secret of the Cellars 1964 Description / Buy
2 Dangerous Summer 1969 Description / Buy
3 Rendezvous in Veracruz 1970 Description / Buy
4 No Easy Answers 1970 Description / Buy
5 Danger High Explosives! 1972 Description / Buy
6 Flee From the Past 1975 Description / Buy
7 A Settling of Accounts 1976 Description / Buy
8 Escape from Paris 1982 Description / Buy
9 Death by Surprise 1983 Description / Buy
10 The Rich Die Young 1983 Description / Buy
11 Castle Rock 1983 Description / Buy
12 The Devereaux Legacy 1986 Description / Buy
13 Brave Hearts 1987 Description / Buy
14 Skulduggery 2000 Description / Buy
15 Letter From Home 2003 Description / Buy
16 Cry in the Night 2012 Description / Buy
17 Cliff's Edge 2014 Description / Buy
18 High Stakes 2015 Description / Buy
19 Peril Off Padre (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Carolyn G. Hart Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Your Turn (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Carolyn G. Hart Short Story Collections

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1 Crime on Her Mind 1999 Description / Buy
2 Secrets and Other Stories of Suspense 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Carolyn G. Hart Non-Fiction

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1 Cooks' Books 2005 Description / Buy
2 Much Depends on Dinner 2008 Description / Buy
3 A Feast of Cooks 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Malice Domestic Series

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1 Malice Domestic 1 ( By: Elizabeth Peters, Sharyn McCrumb, Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins, Barbara Paul, Joan Hess, , P.M. Carlson, Charlotte MacLeod, Barbara Paul) 1992 Description / Buy
2 Malice Domestic 2 ( By: Mary Higgins Clark) 1993 Description / Buy
3 Malice Domestic 3 ( By: Taylor McCafferty, Joan Hess, Wendy Hornsby, Deborah Adams, Dorothy Cannell) 1994 Description / Buy
4 Malice Domestic 4 ( With: , Carole Nelson Douglas, K.K. Beck, P.M. Carlson, , Rochelle Krich, Ralph McInerny, , Jean Hager) 1995 Description / Buy
5 Malice Domestic 5 ( By: Phyllis Whitney) 1996 Description / Buy
6 Malice Domestic 7 ( By: Harlan Coben, Sharyn McCrumb, Stephanie Barron, Daniel Stashower, Michael Bond, Dean James, Amy Myers) 1998 Description / Buy
7 Malice Domestic 8 ( By: Mary Daheim, Nevada Barr, Margaret Maron, Amanda Cross, Abigail Padgett, Jonathan Gash, Susan Holtzer) 1999 Description / Buy
8 Malice Domestic 9 ( By: Agatha Christie, Robert Barnard, Joan Hess, Jan Burke, Dorothy Cannell, Ann Granger, Susan Moody, Teri Holbrook) 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Sisters in Crime Series

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1 Sisters in Crime 1989 Description / Buy
2 Sisters in Crime 2 1990 Description / Buy
3 Sisters in Crime 3 1990 Description / Buy
4 Sisters in Crime 4 1991 Description / Buy
5 Sisters In Crime 5 1992 Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

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1 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000 Description / Buy
2 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002 Description / Buy
4 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003 Description / Buy
5 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Deadly Allies Series 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, , Rob Kantner, Sandra Scoppettone, Sarah Andrews

# Read Title Published Details
1 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, , Rob Kantner, Sandra Scoppettone, Sarah Andrews) 1992 Description / Buy
2 Deadly Allies II ( By: Susan Dunlap, Loren D. Estleman, John Lutz, Robert J. Randisi) 1994 Description / Buy

Carolyn G. Hart Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sisters in Crime 2 1990 Description / Buy
2 Deadly Allies 1992 Description / Buy
3 Partners in Crime 1994 Description / Buy
4 Malice Domestic 4 1995 Description / Buy
5 Funny Bones: 15 New Tales of Murder and Mayhem 1997 Description / Buy
6 Love and Death 2000 Description / Buy
7 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002 Description / Buy
8 Motherhood Is Murder 2003 Description / Buy
9 The Sunken Sailor 2004 Description / Buy
10 Murder Across the Map 2005 Description / Buy
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However, she never thought that she would spend decades writing mysteries. Because she was a child during WWII, Hart was convinced that journalism was the most important field in the world.

She couldn’t imagine anything better than becoming a reporter and writing stories that mattered. Hart started practicing immediately by volunteering her skills to the school newspaper. She did the same thing in college.

She pursued journalism at the University of Oklahoma. The author met her husband during a European trip in her junior year. After graduation, she joined The Normal Transcript. Her husband was in law school at the time.

Even though Hart was doing what she had always dreamed of, she abandoned her reporting career when her son was born. She finally turned her attention to fiction in the mid-60s when she participated in a writing contest and won.

The competition, which Dodd, Mead, and Calling All Girls sponsored, wanted participants to write a mystery novel for adolescent girls. After realizing that she had a knack for entertaining young readers, Hart wrote several young adult mysteries in the years that followed.

But her attempts to write suspense and mystery novels for adults did not work, not initially. When she wrote ‘The Devereaux Legacy, Hart was desperate. She couldn’t sell her books because adult audiences did not care about mysteries written by American women.

The author was tempted to surrender. At the time, the romance genre was booming, and Hart considered changing lanes. This attitude gave birth to ‘The Devereaux Legacy.’ Hart took a mystery and reworked it as a romance novel.

The novel injected new life into her career because it had southern Gothic elements that got the attention of Harlequin’s Gothic wing. Her editor told her to lean into the Southern Gothic genre, and Hart tried, but it was difficult.

She was not accustomed to dealing with the destructive emotions that drove the family elements in Southern Gothic stories. Fortunately, she eventually created ‘Death on Demand,’ a series of novels that combined romance and mystery components.

It was the winning formula she needed to carve out a place for herself in publishing. Hart has spent the last several decades writing mystery novels. Despite what some people think, she doesn’t plot extensively.

The author doesn’t want to overanalyze her stories. It makes the writing process far too complicated. She knows authors with an intellectual approach to writing, but she doesn’t want to emulate them.

Additionally, she doesn’t give her audience too much thought. She assumes that the right people will find her books. Hart doesn’t go out of her way to appeal to a specific group of people. She wants her stories to provide an escape for readers.

Carolyn Hart Awards

Carolyn has won Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Best Carolyn Hart Books

Even though she has written fiction for several decades, the author still gets stuck while writing. She has moments of doubt where she worries that her manuscripts won’t come together. But she is always wrong. Carolyn’s best books include:

Death on Demand: Elliot Morgan is dead. The author died during a gathering at a bookstore. This is a problem for Annie because she owns the bookstore in question. She inherited the ‘Death on Demand’ mystery bookstore, and she allows a group of mystery writers to use it as a meeting place. When one of their members dies, Annie becomes the prime suspect.

Ghost at Work: When she was alive, Bailey took great pleasure in solving mysteries. Her death hasn’t changed anything. She won’t hesitate to lend a helping hand whenever the need arises.

This time around, her target is Kathleen. If people find the dead man on her porch, her husband, the pastor, will take the blame. Bailey can’t let that happen. She will rush back to earth and pull Kathleen out of the fire.

But helping the pastor’s wife isn’t easy. To succeed, she has to break some rules, and Wiggins, her supervisor, is watching.

When Does The Next Carolyn G. Hart book come out?

Carolyn G. Hart doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Ghost Blows a Kiss and was released on June, 1st 2021. It is the newest book in the Bailey Ruth Series.

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