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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 10, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DV1AGMM
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Smarty Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery, Book 13 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I miss the old Sarah Booth. The one who was conflicted, struggling to find herself, making mistakes and learning from them. Now she is a confident, strong woman and that's a good thing. We want our protagonists to evolve. What I can't understand is how her hard-won personal growth, led her to choose a Ken Doll as the love of her life. Graf is a fantasy-he is not real. We know nothing about him because he's so one dimensional. What are his weaknesses? His hopes/dreams? His emotional baggage? We don't know. All we know about Graf is that he is perfect. According to Sarah Booth, he is gorgeous, talented, smart, charming. He's great in the kitchen and even better in the bedroom (I'm surprised she didn't gush about the size of his.....). And with all that going for him, there's not a hint of inflated ego. It's hard to take their relationship seriously because Graf does not resemble any human being I've ever known. Jitty, the ghost, acts more like a human being than he does.
Speaking of Jitty: I wouldn't mind if she went off somewhere and rested in peace for a while.
The plot is interesting enough. It concerns a Civil War era corpse that was unearthed in 1969 and has gone unidentified all this time. Tink and Sarah Booth are able to uncover the identity in a few short weeks even though no one has been able to do so in the last 45 years.
I find this hard to believe. The Mississippi Delta is crawling with historians and they are relentless. Most of them are searching for data on old blues folk, but I guarantee you, Jim O'Neal and his cohorts would have been all over this mystery decades ago.
I was holding out hope that Graf would turn out to be a weasel and Coleman would swoop in to help mend Sarah Booth's broken heart, but it seems obvious now that the author is determined to make Sarah Booth and Graf the couple of the century. I don't really know if I want to go along on that journey.
It's not working for me.
Sarah Booth Delaney and her business partner, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond run a life long friendship and Private Investigation firm. There is a case that comes to them from Sarah Booth's Mother's friend. And, what a case it turns out to be. Murder, both current and over a century ago, stolen author content, stolen corpses, love affairs from the civil war years and more. That is part of why a 'five' star review...but...
You open the book to a hot, steamy, Mississippi delta autumn day. Sarah Booth takes you there as she speaks Ms. Haines perfect 'voice' to us. Sarah feels 'real' She brings Mississippi back alive to me (Yes, I have been there.) I can feel the heat, the steam heat, the dirt of the land, the rolling acres of cotton and other crops. I hear the machinery in the fields, the voices that carried away on the air streams, that Southern cadence. This novel 'puts' you at the scenes it speaks of.
The story left me in pain but in strength at the ending. I'm not going to reveal the main story line or plot or reveal the ending, but...physically, I was in tears, yet felt the pride of a Southern woman not only in the 1800's but today.
Yes, this is an honest Five Star review.
in the state and I really enjoyed the book. Most of the people I met were friendly like the people I know in this state. I especially liked the fact that the most judgmental people I ran into were either the bad guys or the people from the North. I have found Mississippi people to be very friendly and welcoming.