Death on the River Walk by Carolyn Hart

Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand mysteries have won her numerous awards and critical success.

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Death on the River Walk by Carolyn Hart


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 6.88 x 4.22
  • Publisher: Avon; (February 2000)
  • ISBN: 038079005X


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    In the opening scenes of Death on the River Walk, the veteran journalist and crime solver Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins (better known to mystery lovers as Henrie O) has a rendezvous with the matriarch of a San Antonio family. She says of this encounter with Maria Elena Garza:

    We regarded each other. Her hair was as dark as mine, though mine does not have a raven gloss. My face is the more lined, hers smooth with a creamy complexion. I'm afraid that through years of asking questions and so often hearing lies or distortions, perhaps my gaze is more skeptical than accepting. But in the warmth of her regard, I felt my own defenses crumbling. She looked at me with eyes that have surely seen as much as mine and yet there was an eagerness and a vivacity I have lost.

    This perceptive self-knowledge gives Carolyn Hart's Henrie O books an extra ingredient not always present in mystery series--characters who display real-life emotions, vulnerabilities, and weaknesses, who we can easily empathize with.

    The circumstances in which Henrie O meets with the woman are troubling to say the least. Maria Elena Garza owns an art gallery on San Antonio's River Walk, and one of her young female employees has disappeared. A member of the large Garza tribe is a prime suspect in the girl's vanishing act. Although the potential scenarios under consideration aren't particularly profound or surprising, the milieu (a lovely shop full of gorgeous objects), the characters, and the bracing Henrie O herself are well worth the price of admission. Other Henrie O books include Death in Lovers' Lane and Death in Paradise --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



    Reader Reviews
    Wonderful setting for a mystery, May 3, 2002 Reviewer: Karen Potts from Lake Jackson, TX USA Henrie O receives a frantic transatlantic call from her dear friend who cannot contact her granddaughter Iris in San Antonio. Henrie is visiting her daughter in Texas and agrees to drive to San Antonio to try to find the missing girl. When she does, she becomes acquainted with the Garza family who owns the store where Iris has been working. She is convinced that someone in the family is connected with the disappearance. Soon there is a murder and a theft to add to the intrigue. Henrie O does some behind-the-scenes investigating in order to piece the puzzle together. The setting of the River Walk is a brilliant one and Hart's descriptions of San Antonio are vibrant and very accurate. There are a few unlikely scenarios, such as a thief letting Henrie O take a very valuable valise full of goods, and the way Henrie O decides to trap the murderer in the end, but this still remains a good read for Hart fans.

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