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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 34 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: August 4, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005FYLPT6
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Bone Appetit: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery, Book 10 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Despite some rather harrowing attacks/murders, this is ultimately a fairly light-hearted book filled with a lot of heart and a few twists and turns. Sarah Booth Delaney remains a continually evolving character and the supporting characters are likable or memorably despicable. The mystery itself is fairly well thought out with lots of suspects (although attentive readers will figure it out).
On the down side, it is becoming fairly tiresome that the men in too many cozies (in this case Sarah's fiance Graf and Tinky's husband Oscar) spend their limited time on the page hectoring the women about getting involved in dangerous stuff. It would be nice to see them proactively involved for a change. That said, at least Graf is a massive improvement over Sheriff Coleman. The first books in this series were seriously marred by the author pairing Sarah Booth Delaney with a series of intriguing romantic interests, who were often compelling or charming characters in their own right, but then have her sabotage the budding relationship or dump them because of her ongoing obsession with the weak-willed Coleman. This might be understandable if Coleman were especially interesting, but he is without a doubt the dullest romantic interest in all of cozy mystery history. A not-especially-bright lumbering oaf who purportedly really loves Sarah Booth, but is so wishy-washy that he is constantly taken in by the machinations of his manipulative unbalanced harridan of his estranged wife. Coleman is so darn boring that if it is possible to fall asleep on the page, this character does it. Graf has mercifully stuck around for a couple of books now and the Coleman angle seems to be presently at rest, but I cannot shake the sinking sensation that Haines plans to reunite the two again for the culmination of a painfully tedious pairing.
Also, the ghostly Jitty has really worn out the welcome mat. Overlooking the obvious problems with presenting a former slave who often seems to make the case that things were not that bad in the antebellum South and that she was the greatest of friends with Sarah's precursors, quite literally the only function Jitty has is to show up at inconvenient moments and badger Sarah about getting a man, settling down and punching out kids to continue the Delaney line - not exactly the kind of wisdom one wants to hear in this day and age. Jitty really needs to head to the Great Beyond at this point.
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.