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Crossed Bones Mass Market Paperback – February 3, 2004
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So -- although there was mystery at the beginning and mystery at the end, most of the middle seemed to be romance. If you like a lot of romance, you'll probably really like this book, but if you're more of a fan of mysteries, you may find all of Sarah Booth's dates and endless soul-searching about who is the man for her, etc. rather tedious after a while.
The plot involves racial tensions in the Mississippi delta town of Zinnia. A black man who owns a blues club has been viciously killed, and the white man who is the star musician in the club (they met in the penitentiary) is accused of killing him. The black man's wife hires Sarah Booth to prove that Scott the star musician didn't commit this murder. Scott has an unsavory past as a racist (not to mention the stretch behind bars) and he's belligerant and rude, but Sarah Booth comes to believe that he is indeed innocent and sets out to find the proof. The motive for this murder is the key to solving the crime, if she can only find out why he was killed.
Racial tensions are rising in Zinnia, and a lot of people are not happy that Sarah Booth has taken this case, so she is in some jeopardy herself. The dead man's son Emmanuel is convinced Scott killed his father and wants to see him convicted, but Emmanuel is a racist in his own right.
I really enjoyed Them Bones, so I picked up this book expecting to be equally delighted. I wasn't. As I said earlier, too much time spent on romances and too little on the mystery.Read more ›
And what's with the ghost, Jitty? She seems entirely gratuitous. The ghost doesn't seem to know very much at all that is remotely of use; for instance, the ghost assumed the man charged in the murder had done it, and several times was wrong about important things. Wouldn't a ghost have better information than that? And as the protagonist is talking to the ghost (on a daily basis, it seems), a million questions pop into my mind that could be asked of the ghost, but their conversations are mind-numbingly centered almost exclusively on when the protagonist Sarah is going to produce a Delaney heir.
I ran out of gas at some point and had to skip to the end. I guessed about who killed the club owner, and you probably will, too. However, it was only a guess, since the author doesn't really give you enough info to think the killer could have been on the scene at the time. The book is a bit better than 3 stars but not enough to fudge it up to 4.
She has eschewed marriage and is trying to establish a private investigation business with her best friend, Tinkie. The aim of the business is to provide enough money to save the family plantation home and support Sarah Booth in the style to which she is accustomed. So, yes, she is a bit non-traditional perhaps, but in one respect she is VERY traditional: She is always called by her double name Sarah Booth, never just Sarah. It's a Southern thang, dontcha know.
Sarah Booth has had some success on the few cases that she's had. She has shown a flair and an instinct for investigating. She will need all of that flair and instinct to bring her latest case to a successful conclusion.
A respected man of the community, a talented blues musician and owner of a blues club in Zinnia, has been brutally murdered in that club late one night. He was stabbed and some money was taken from the till. Later the murder weapon and blood-stained money are found in the motorcycle saddlebags of the club's guitarist and singer, the star attraction who brings the people in. He was also a friend of the man who was killed - a man he had first met when they were both in prison in Michigan.
On the basis of the circumstantial evidence, the guitarist/singer, Scott, is arrested and charged with murder.Read more ›
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Took a while to get into and as always far fetched, but I finished it in due time. If you like the series it's goodPublished 1 month ago by Anon
Good story; entertaining. Those who like a good mystery will certainly enjoy this series. Enough twists and turns to keep you glued to it until the end.Published 4 months ago by Anne G. Forrester
i just enjoy her books so much i always feel they are a 5. but for some reason i just did not feel as involved in this one and felt a harsher edit would have helpedPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoy Ms Haines "bones" series. They are quick, entertaining reads that make me chuckle as well as try to solve the mystery.Published 6 months ago by Paul lucas
sadly i could not finish this book. it dragged and did not hold my attention. very disappointing as carolyn haines as a fantastic writer.Published 6 months ago by Laura Nevill