Crossed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery)


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Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention sarah booth carolyn haines booth delaney mississippi delta crossed bones southern belle ida mae blues musician club owner great book fun to read good mystery charged in the murder town of zinnia blues club man charged good story booth to prove enjoy this series jitty ghost.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Way too much social interaction and not enough detecting. The protagonist seems to spend 3x the energy thinking about who she wants to bang than her case. For that matter, her friends are at least as obsessed as she is about who she's going to bang. I was raised in the rural South, and recognize the social tics and conventions. They have their place in this novel, but you'd forget this was a detective story if characters didn't keep reiterating the fact that she's a detective.

The detective "case" manages to be peripheral to the book, just so you know. 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.

Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Once again, Carolyn Haines and her protagonist All of these ingredients provide a "can't put this darn book down" connection for this reader and appreciator of this Mississippi. One thing I always hold out hope for in all these books is that SBD will eventually show me the light about being a heat seeking missile for unavailable men Not Well Intentioned through the radar.

But there is plenty of fun along the way, and buckle yourself in for another wild ride I know I did. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I'm just over half thru this story, and if a ghost could be killed, I'd do it. How or why she has not driven Sarah Booth totally bonkers is beyond me. Constantly nagging about her unmarried state, and more so because she's childless. One person found this helpful. I grab it when it comes and I devour it, and then I have to wait another year until the next one.

I'm then forced to re-read the one I got about halfway through the year to tide me over. I wish you released two or more books a year! Sarah Booth has been hired by the widow of a local blues legend and club owner to clear the man accused of murdering him. Sara Booth and Tinkie are knee deep in blues and barbeque as racial tensions escalate in Sunflower County. I enjoyed the fourth book in this series. I'm a bit disappointed that Sarah Booth got involved with the leading suspect, but he does keep the drama going. Sarah Booth is hired by the widow of bluesman Ivory Keyes to prove that his protegee, former white supremacist rapper, now blues guitarist Scott Hampton.

Scott doesn't want to be cleared of the murder and at first seems to be guilty. Sarah has problems in her personal life as usual, Coleman has gone back to his wife, again, and Tinkie is trying to set her up with a handsome millionaire. Scott has a fan of his own, crazy Nandy, who was raised to believe that she is the heir to the Scottish throne.

Ivory's murder has caused racial unrest among the local population. This isn't helped by the arrival of two of Scott's prison buddies. This case is going to take all of Sarah Booth's talent to solve, even without the personal attacks and the distractions of the "Delaney Womb", and Scott Hampton most definitely is a distraction. Haines has produced a funny and gripping mystery.

There are many great suspects, and the quirky characters of Sunflower County are as crazy as ever. I can't wait to read the next one. See all 72 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 3 months ago. Ivory Keys, a gifted black blues pianist, and Scott Hampton, a rich white boy turned racist. Somewhere between the two men, a spark was lit. And by the time he came out of the joint, Scott Hampton had not only renounced his racist ways, he had learned to play a blues guitar that made grown women go weak in the knees.

For a woman feeling a little heat of her own--navigating between a rich, available businessman, a married lawman with a waffling heart, and the sexy bluesman who is angling to become much more than her client--this case is taking dangerous twists. With riveting suspense and a sparkling cast of unforgettable characters, Carolyn Haines has woven a rich portrait of a part of America grappling with its past, its illusions, and its hopes.

Crossed Bones is the most dazzling work yet from a uniquely gifted writer. From the Hardcover edition. Paperback , pages. Published February 3rd by Dell first published January 1st Sarah Booth Delaney 4. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Crossed Bones , please sign up. Lists with This Book. She was raised by her Aunt LouLane when both her parents were killed when she was young. Now, she lives in Dahlia House, trying to make a success of her private investigator business.

Sarah Booth is hired by Ida Mae Keys to prove her husband, Ivory, was not killed by the prime suspect, a blues-playing former con named Scott Hampton. Scott met Ivory in prison in Michigan and Ivory completely turned Scott's life around, taught him to play the blues. Scott has been playing in Ivory's night club but he has been unable to leave behind his former Aryan Nation friends from his days in prison.

Sarah Booth is running around trying to prove Scott is innocent, but she keeps getting distracted by all the men in her life, including a very eligible bachelor, a very married sheriff and a very bad boy. Will Sarah Booth be able to keep her heart intact while pursuing a killer? Wonderful, rich descriptions of the deep south make this series a cut above some cozies.

This is the fourth in the series about Sarah Booth Delaney and each one is better than the others. Sarah is a southern belle who is the emancipated version of southern women. While she knows all the "rules" she chooses not to use them as she cuts a wide swath through the Delta of Mississippi.

This story takes on a bit of race relations in the south woven through a killing, a romance or two and a bit of music fantasy. Sarah has a delightful cast of characters who help her move through life in Zin This is the fourth in the series about Sarah Booth Delaney and each one is better than the others. Sarah has a delightful cast of characters who help her move through life in Zinnia. Can't wait to revisit the Delta for the next book in the series.

Timeless commentary In this country, we are more aware of race separation than perhaps any time since integration occurred. This mystery has and underlying tale of one man's vision to unite the world via music Feb 15, Liisa rated it really liked it. It's hard not to give this book five stars. It's sheer reading pleasure. Even so, I look for plenty of humor in a book, and while this has some, its emphasis is on mystery and "whodunit," and in this case, it's nice to see the same main character in her Southern environment working on solving a case all the while trying to find her way in life.

Jun 18, Linda Smatzny rated it liked it. In this book, Sarah Booth, is hired to find the killer of Ivory Keys by his widow and to prove that Scott Hampton is not the killer even though he has been arrested. Sarah is also trying to figure out what she really wants out of her life and her men. The book was a fast easy read.

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Jul 12, Linda rated it it was amazing. Interesting read on racial divide in a town where a black pianist is murdered and the prime suspect is his friend a white musician. The town is in an uproar and Sarah Delaney has the task of finding the truth and bringing her town together again. Sarah Booth and Delta Blues Made my southern roots tingle. Engaging characters,an interesting romp through a Dixie mystery. Not too heavy,but by no means insipid.

I enjoy this series. Subject matter was disturbing. Sep 11, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 01, Mary Pomerantz rated it liked it. Southern charm and a gentle mystery. I enjoyed this book. It was a nice departure from the edgier novels I usually read. Jun 20, Tori rated it really liked it.

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The theme of the book is quite relevant in Trump's America. Unfortunately easy to imagine it happening today. Apr 06, Jennifer rated it it was ok. You learn about characters in this book that come back in future books. Aug 14, Jamie rated it really liked it.


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She is in her thirties, a time by which any self-respecting Southern Belle would be long married and raising a family. This is certainly the path that would have been chosen for her by Jitty, the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny with whom she shares her home, Dahlia House, in Zinnia, Mississippi.

Jitty watches over her and bosses and nags her, but Sarah Booth continues to go her own way. She has eschewed marriag Sarah Booth Delaney lays claim to being a non-traditional Southern woman. 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.

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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.

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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. There is a racial component to the crime since the man who was killed was black and the man charged with the killing is white. This raises specters of past crimes and threatens to tear the little town and the county apart along racial lines.

Sarah Booth and Tinkie soon find that there are multiple complications to the case. The Keyses' grown son, Emanuel, is a highly educated and successful businessman who resented his father because he always felt that he took second place to the music with him. He is also a race warrior who believes in strict separation between black and white.

Two motorcycle-riding thugs who are friends of Scott's are in town and would agree with Emanuel on that point.

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They spout their racist rhetoric to anyone who will listen. It looks like the two extreme sides may be headed for a clash. The main conundrum, though, is why anyone would have wanted to kill the murdered man. He was highly respected, a man of peace who believed in the power of music to bring people together, but he wasn't a rich man and there doesn't seem to be any obvious reason for wanting him dead.

Finally, perhaps two-thirds of the way through the book, Sarah Booth stumbles upon the motive and things begin to come together for the investigators. As usual in these books, we are treated to some hot and toe-curling sex - at least we are told by Sarah Booth that it was hot and toe-curling.

Of course, a lady never reveals the details.

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This time her partner is Scott, once he is bailed out of jail, of course. Jitty, who is usually quite anxious for Sarah Booth to jump in the sack and get on with producing a Delaney heir, does not approve. Sarah Booth has another suitor this time, as well; a wealthy Memphis businessman with whom Tinkie and her husband Oscar set her up. He's everything that Jitty would approve of in a suitor, but, in the end, he doesn't ring Sarah Booth's chimes.

Unfortunately, Peters is already married and both he and Sarah Booth are much too noble to violate his marriage vows. Poor Sarah Booth and poor Jitty. It looks like they are never going to get that necessary and fully sanctioned bed partner for Sarah Booth. She may indeed be the end of the line for the Delaneys. There'll always be another mystery to solve. Aug 17, Kathy rated it liked it Shelves: Sarah Booth and Tinkie are on the case again Ivory is killed, beaten and stabbed with a prison shank, in his club, and the club is torn up Scott goes to the big cities to play his music And most important, Dahlia House Apr 05, Pamela Mclaren rated it liked it Shelves: This is one of a cozy mystery series set in the south with a Southern belle who has set herself up as a private investigator.

She has her "Tara," two dead parents, a horse and a dog and for some strange reason, a ghost with a wide ranging selection of clothes from the various eras. I suspect that Sarah Booth Delaney is not sure who she wants to be, so through her various "cases" she has to settle for who she is -- and what she does. As I think this is the sixth book in the series, I sure as heck This is one of a cozy mystery series set in the south with a Southern belle who has set herself up as a private investigator.

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As I think this is the sixth book in the series, I sure as heck hope she figures out where she is going as does her ghost! In Crossed Bones, she is hired to prove that a talented blues musician did not kill the owner of a blues club. Tough to do and the musician isn't helping: He's also incredibly attractive to women, and Delaney is no exception.

Delaney also is attracted to the married lawman as well as to a businessman she is introduced to by one of her best friends. This is as much a balancing act as it is a mystery with Delaney spending much of the book swinging first one way and then the next romantically, and not getting anywhere in the mystery.

Adding to the mix are two biker "friends" of the musician, an obsessed fan of the musician and the hate-filled son of the murdered man. All four could be the murders as well as the musician and the businessman and Delaney is as clueless to the end as is the reader. This is enjoyable to read but if you're looking for a smart female PI who can disseminate the clues and solve the case, that is not what Sarah Booth does. She seems to bounce along until something almost literally smacks her in the face and then she runs with it.

If this was real life, I suspect that most of the time, she would end up with nothing not a solution. Jun 22, Georgette rated it it was amazing. Once again, Carolyn Haines and her protagonist All of these ingredients provide a "can't put this darn book down" connection for this reader and appreciator of this Mississippi. One thing I always hold out hope for in all these books is that SBD will eventually show me the light about being a heat seeking missile for unavailable men

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