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The Mississippi delta in the summer heat is not all that's steaming in Haines's (Splintered Bones, etc.) fourth outing featuring PI Sarah Booth Delaney, an atypical Southern belle who's fiercely independent and outrageously witty. Sarah is enjoying her family home, a mansion in Zinnia, Miss., complete with cotton fields, coral honeysuckle vines and the ghost of Jitty, her great-great-grandmother's nanny. When nightclub owner and black blues pianist Ivory Keys is stabbed to death at his club, Ivory's wife asks Sarah to vindicate the prime suspect, Scott Hampton, a talented white blues guitarist with a history of racism. Aided by her partner Tinkie Richmond, Sarah inadvertently stirs up passions among the townspeople that were long thought forgotten. Jitty's continual lectures on marriage and family and Sarah's mixed feelings about Sheriff Coleman Peters and two new suitors complicate the investigation. While the ghostly Jitty's advice can be wearying and the clothing details verge on the tedious, Haines delivers some real heartwarming moments in a mystery with some fascinating twists. This cozy read is the next best thing to curling up with a mint julep on the porch swing on a lazy afternoon.
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Reluctant southern belle and PI Sarah Booth Delaney is hired by Ida Mae Keys to exonerate Scott Hampton, the man who is accused of killing Ida's husband, blues pianist Ivory Keys. Hampton, a former racist and Ivory's protege, maintains his innocence, but the murder weapon and some bloodstained cash are found in his possession. Hampton's offensive attitude and lack of cooperation hinder Sarah Booth, but she perseveres despite the rising racial tension in her rural Mississippi community. Sarah Booth's life is further complicated by her attraction to Sheriff Coleman Peters, who has just returned to his wife to try to save his marriage. Despite the serious issues addressed in the story, the mood is lightened by the commentary of Sarah's partner, Tinkie, and the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny, both of whom believe that Sarah Booth should be wedded and bedded. Sarah Booth is a charming, likable hero, and this fourth installment of her series continues to provide a vivid snapshot of southern life. Sue O'Brien
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Great series! It's my second time reading them from the beginning. Sarah Booth is a hoot. These are light and funny mysteries. Love them all!Published 2 days ago by K. Justice
MY BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH THE STORY IS THE OLD SERVANT 'JITTY'. I'm just over half thru this story, and if a ghost could be killed, I'd do it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DAJS
I love this series by Carolyn Haines, I'm still reading the series and each one is equally entertaining. Funny and great for light reading.Published 3 months ago by Nina Purtee
I'm only on book 5 but all the Sarah Booth bone series have been WONDERFUL. I'm hooked!Published 3 months ago by jan
Once again, Carolyn Haines and her protagonist...the one and only Sarah Booth Delaney get ensnared is a web of murder, mayhem, a dash of romance and the value of enduring... Read morePublished 3 months ago by GLThaler