Carolyn Hart's "Death on Demand" mystery series does not need to be read in order of publication. Each "Death on Demand" book is a separate mystery. The main characters and the principal setting remains the same throughout the series.
As of 2015, Carolyn Hart has produced a new book for the "Death on Demand" series every year since 1988. The main character, Annie Darling, owns a mystery bookstore called Death on Demand on an island in South Carolina. Annie's husband, Max, works alongside his wife to solve the town's murders. The series is known for its quick introduction of characters and multiple plot twists in each story.