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Bones of a Feather: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Hardcover – June 21, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Bone Appétit

“Distinctive characters and a clever cooking background make Haines’s tenth Sarah Booth Delaney mystery the best yet in this Southern cozy series.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A whole lot of Southern sass . . . Haines’s novel is definitely a page-turner.”
Jackson Free Press

Praise for Greedy Bones

“As usual in Haines’s Bones series, the latest entry is charming light entertainment.”
The Times-Picayune

Praise for Wishbones

“Wishbones is reminiscent in many ways of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, only fresher with a bit more of an edge and none of the pretentiousness. Light, breezy, and just plain fun. Call Haines the queen of cozies.”­
Providence Journal-Bulletin

“Sarah Booth Delaney heads for Hollywood in Haines’s entertaining eighth. . . . The chemistry sizzles between Graf and Sarah Booth.”
Publishers Weekly

“Haines’s warmth, wit, and authenticity come through in her characters. . . . Wishbones is a story about the bonds of friendship and the strength of Southern women and is also a good, old-fashioned, fast-moving whodunit.”
Mobile Register

From the Back Cover

Southern P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney tries to untangle the twisted schemes of twin sisters in the strangest case yet in Carolyn Haines's award-winning series.

A ruby necklace worth four million dollars appears to have been stolen, and its owners, Monica and Eleanor Levert―twin heirs of a wealthy Natchez clan―seem a bit too anxious to get their hands on the insurance money. It sounds a tad suspicious to Sarah Booth, who's been asked to file a report, but she can't be sure someone's committing fraud―or any other crime, for that matter―until one of the sisters is kidnapped…

"A LESSON IN LYING, MISSISSIPPI STYLE…with great dollops of charm." ―Kirkus Reviews

The police suspect the heiresses are playing some sort of game. But when Sarah Booth and her partner Tinkie begin to scratch the surface of the family's sordid past, they uncover more skeletons than any one closet can hold. Throw in a sneaky romantic gardener, a lurid tell-all biographer, and a body plunging off a plantation cliff, and the kidnapped twin plot thickens. But Sarah Booth really starts seeing double when Jitty the ghost shows up―as a pair of sisters―and two crimes become deadlier than one…


--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st Printing edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312595026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312595029
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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!

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Carolyn Haines may have "grown up more tomboy than Daddy's Girl," but she has once again captured the heart of that southern icon in her character Sarah Booth Delaney. Sarah Booth is a private investigator from Zinna, a small town in the Mississippi delta.
Haines avoids Jessica Fletcher syndrome by having Sarah Booth travel to Natchez to investigate the theft of a multi-million dollar heirloom necklace belonging to to twin sisters Monica and Eleanor Levert. Sarah Booth and her best friend and business partner Tinkie have agreed to not accept dangerous cases anymore at the request of the men in their lives. The disappearance of Monica Levert changes the case from an innocuous insurance investigation to one of kidnapping and possible homicide. Throw in a couple of ghosts, a son born on the wrong side of the blanket, and a society bell who creates life-size barbie style replicas of herself in halloween costumes and you have Haine's uncanny knack for combining a murder mystery with a laugh out loud tale of southern characters and the world they belong to.
The particular world that Carolyn Haines has captured, boxed, and delivered to us wrapped in vintage peignor lace is of Natchez, MS and its tightly knit group of society matrons. Known locally as the "Hoop Skirt Mafia", these women make up an exclusive network that has controlled everything from the annual Natchez pilgrimage to activities in boardrooms and bedrooms for years. The old South survives in these women who will always present the "proper" image to society. Behind closed doors, a few of the antebellum mansions guard activities better suited to the reputation of Natchez Under the Hill.
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I used to enjoy this series but the past few books, this one included, have been over-the-top melodramatic. The plot really makes no sense, setting the book in Natchez makes no sense. Sarah Booth and Tinkie used to be sassy and smart - in this book, they act like Lucy and Ethel rather than professionals. There are numerous instances in the book where any logical (and some illogical) people would have and should have called the authorities, but instead, Sarah Booth and Tinkie foolishly flounder on. Very disappointing.
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This latest novel in the Sarah Booth Delaney series is set in Natchez, Mississippi. Sarah Booth's friend Cece sums it up when she says, "This case has everything, Sarah Booth. Stolen jewelry, a family of thieves and killers, a secret baby, a kidnapping, sexual misconduct, and now a spy. It just doesn't get any better than this."

Sarah Booth and her friend Tinkie are called by twin sisters in Natchez who want their help in investigating a missing heirloom ruby necklace. They find themselves involved in a case involving old money (often from sources people prefer not to talk about), decaying gentry, social rivalries, romantic liaisons, and crimes past and present. It is hard to say who is doing what to whom. There are surprises as a tangled web becomes unraveled. On a case that should have been a slam dunk, Sarah Booth finds her life in danger.

Along the way, you get a view of Natchez Under the Hill, past and present, with some comments on the history of dangers to travelers. A new dog and a new horse show up on the scene. Jitty, the resident haint at Sarah Booth's mansion, is still pushing Sarah Booth to have a child.
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I have enjoyed Sarah Booth, Tinkie, Jitty and the cherished dogs in this series. However, during this recent escapade I got so impatient with Sarah and Tinkie that I skipped to the last part of the book. Somehow, they were completely bamboozled by their enemies in this one, despite multiple clear clues and signals that they were on the wrong track. I thought that Sarah was much smarter than this!! I am also having a bit of trouble with staying optimistic about our heroine's long distance romance with Graf. I can't see him settling down on her place for gracious southern living---and she's definitely not going to depart for Hollywood. Bring back Coleman!!
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In Zinnia, Mississippi Dahlia House is home to private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney and the resident haint Jitty. She misses her fiancé, movie star Graf Milieu who is on location. Sarah is good enough to have a film career but prefers to remain mostly in the Mississippi Delta that flows through her veins.

Heiress Monica Levert of Briarcliff in Natchez asks Sarah to help her on a case in which she and her sister Eleanor were robbed of a family necklace valued at four million dollars that the insurance firm balks at paying. Monica believes an independent private investigator could expedite the payment. Sarah and her partner Tinkie drive to Natchez to talk with the police, examine the evidence, and conclude the siblings were robbed. Monica is kidnapped and the perpetrator demands four million dollars for her release. Eleanor cannot cash the insurance check because she needs her sister's co-signature. Tinkie prevails on her banker husband to help, but before the sleuths finish with the siblings, they realize their deaths are the end game.

The excellent eleventh Sarah Booth Delaney paranormal private investigative tale (see Bone Apetit) is a strong whodunit filled with key support characters who are not quite what they seem as first reader impressions will not hold up; just ask the two sleuths. Sarah and Tinkie see many faces of evil; some of whom shouldn't have existed as they make psychopaths seem stable. The superb Mississippi Delta mystery is a terrific thriller as almost everyone believes the sisters are con artists, but the conscientious sleuths cannot take the chance they are not.

Harriet Klausner
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