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Bone Appétit (Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries) Hardcover – June 22, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031259464X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312594640
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Distinctive characters and a clever cooking background make Haines's 10th Sarah Booth Delaney mystery (after 2009's Greedy Bones) the best yet in this Southern cozy series. Sarah Booth, who's seeking solace after a miscarriage, and her best friend and fellow PI, Tinkie Bellecase Richmond, come to Greenwood, Miss., to attend classes at the Viking Cooking School, but soon get involved in a beauty contest/cook-off and mayhem. The trouble begins when contestant Karrie Kompton bites into a chocolate-covered cockroach. Next, Babs Lafitte falls to the stage and goes into convulsions. After Brook Oniada suffers fatal burns during her flaming baton routine and Janet Menton dies after eating poisoned pastry, suspicion falls on Janet's roommate, Hedy Lamarr Blackledge, who hires Sarah and Tinkie to clear her name. Sarah's ever-entertaining ghost companion, Jitty, provides support as Sarah winds up finding the crazed beauty contest gone bad a blessing in disguise.
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From Booklist

Deeply depressed by the loss of her unborn child, Sarah Booth Delaney agrees to leave her plantation home, Dahlia House, and attend the Viking Cooking School with her best friend, Tinkie, in an effort to begin to heal. They arrive at the beginning of the Miss Viking Beauty Contest and Spokesperson Competition and add the pageant events to their schedule. But the pageant is disrupted when contestants are killed. Hedy Lamarr Blackledge, a contestant considered the prime suspect in the murders, asks Sarah and Tinkie, owners of the Delaney Detective Agency, to investigate. When Sarah hesitates to accept the case, Tinkie manipulates her into agreeing, a decision that leads to grave consequences. Assisted by Dahlia House’s resident ghost, Jitty, Sarah is drawn into the case and begins to recover from her loss. Details of life in the South, beauty pageants, and cooking are woven throughout the story, which will appeal to readers who enjoyed Sarah Shankman’s She Walks in Beauty (1992), also set at a beauty pageant. --Sue OBrien

More About the Author

Carolyn Haines is the author of eighteen novels, including the acclaimed Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series. She was honored with the prestigious 2009 Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Haines was also 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats, and horses than she can possibly keep track of!

Customer Reviews

Sarah Booth Delaney is a character you'll fall in love with.
Emily Melton
Haines plots are always fast moving and her books page turners which will keep you up into the night.
Margie Read
Every one of her books is going to be a page turner for sure!
Sharon Aszman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cotton's mom on September 7, 2010
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I have loved this series up until the time that Sarah Booth becomes a "star." Part of the enjoyment of this series
is the rural Mississippi setting and the cast of characters. Her new love Graf is not appealing. He is so one dimensional, and cannot hold a candle to the more complex Coleman. In past books the tension and dynamics of the Sarah/Coleman relationship was interesting and believable. Graf Milieu (what a name!) needs to go. Bring Sarah back permanently to Dahlia House and renew the relationship with Coleman. Ms. Haines paints beautiful pictures of the Delta. Please, no more Hollywood and Graf.
I did enjoy this book on the whole, partly because it was set in the South again and Sarah Booth was back in the harness with Tinkie, investigating murder. A good move in the right direction, Ms. Haines. As opposed to another of the readers, I think that the references to the "Delaney womb" are clever and humorous.Thanks for an overall enjoyable series, with the exception of the Hollywood departure.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia on June 25, 2010
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I have been waiting for another Sarah Booth mystery and I was not disappointed. Bone Appetit had all the qualities I look for in a cozy: suspense, love, female friendship, dogs, and was a darn good read besides. Because of a past tragedy, Sarah Booth had to be dragged into this adventure but she didn't let her personal feelings stop her from helping others and solving the mystery. Ms. Haines' books are among the few that I must get the week they are purchased. Her descriptions of the Mississippi Delta and some of it's citizens are wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margie Read VINE VOICE on July 2, 2010
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As expected, Bone Appetit, a Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery is another whirlwind trip through the Mississippi Delta with our favorite Private Investigator and her partner friend Tinkie Richmond. These two draw mysteries and murder like a magnet and before they can unpack to attend the Viking Cooking School, they are knee deep in another investigation. Both Tinkie's husband and Sarah Booth's significant other of the moment try to discourage the two friends and want them to close their PI business. This is about like trying to talk a boll weavil from attacking a big fat field of cotton. Haines plots are always fast moving and her books page turners which will keep you up into the night. Her "red herrings" are enough to open a fish market and exceptionally clever and her humor is marvelous. If the summer heat is getting to you, get a copy of Bone Appetit and settle down with a glass of sweet tea. You are guaranteed relief from the whatever is disturbing you and a read of pleasure. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doris G. Prince on November 17, 2010
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I thought her first books in this series were wonderful but do not enjoy the latter ones as much. I liked them before they went Hollywood.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 26, 2010
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Their last case still haunts the Delta detecting duet (see Greedy Bones) as private detectives Sarah Booth Delaney miscarried and Tinkie Richmond's husband almost died. The pair needs pampering and massaging so they head off to the ritzy Alluvian Hotel for a weekend getaway and to attend a cooking gala.

Viking sponsors a cook off, but two of the contestants die from poisoning and a third lapses into a coma. Police Chief Jansen suspects Hedy Lamarr Blackledge is killing off the competition, but the visiting sleuths think otherwise and begin an inquiry abetted by Jitty the ghost appearing in several performing roles while their respective mates plead with them for an investigative timeout.

This is an enjoyable entry that fans of the series will enjoy though it reads in many ways like the last case with a near death experience. The story line is fast-paced as the two women investigate while Jitty provides clues and comic relief. Action-packed, Bone Appetit is a fun paranormal whodunit; just don't eat the food.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bluesdiva on June 13, 2011
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I have read all the books in this series and I just haven't liked them as much since the HOLLYWOOD factor appeared. Graf's perfectness grates on my last nerve. He's rich. he's famous. He' gorgeous. He's a movie star! And like so many movie stars he's completely without ego or self-centeredness. Yeah right. Give me the endearingly flawed HUMAN Coleman Peters anyday. Graf is a superfical caricature.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terri D on June 25, 2010
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As always, a great read!!! I have enjoyed all of the Bones books and this is no exception. Carolyn weaves an intriguing story with mystery, romance, an old Mississippi plantation home, a mouthy ghost(with only Sarah Booth's best interests at heart, of course), two sweetheart dogs, and a wonderful mix of characters that you feel like you know personally by the end of the book. I'm always anxious to start the new one, but hate to finish it because then I know it will be a while before the next one comes out. ;0
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Minnie on July 14, 2010
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I guess I'm the only one who found this book virtually unreadable. I used to like this series a lot. I started getting turned off when Sarah Booth made the virtually unheard of leap from local actress to B'way star to Hollywood starlet. In Hollywood, she manages to snag the one and only faithful, albeit ludicrously named, Hollywood hunk Graf Milieu who is quite solicitous of her career needs ("Do you want to return to Broadway Sarah Booth?").

But Sarah Boooth has not yet reached the pinnacle--in the last pages of this novel, she becomes God, or close enough. What next???

I think Ms. Haines has lost her way with this series and has taken what was a good cozy into the realm of an improbable and laughable fantasy-mystery.
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