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13 December 2016

Buried Bones by Carolyn Haines (Teaser Tuesday)

I read the first of Carolyn Haines' Sarah Booth Delaney books back in May and so much of what I loved about that one has carried over. Sarah Booth is still a spitfire and still lovingly tormented by Jitty -- the ghost of her great-great grandmother's nanny. Jitty is mostly concerned about Sarah Booth's potential spinsterhood, while Sarah Booth (I guess the constant use of both names instead of just 'Sarah' is a Southern Daddy's Girl thing) is mostly concerned with the suspicious death of local legend, Lawrence Ambrose. Of course, it's not as if she isn't also interested in her own complicated love life, but that doesn't pay the bills and figuring out what happened to Ambrose might. We get to learn more about her neighbors in Zinnia, she gets a pretty whack dog as a Christmas present, and she gets an assistant in her PI business. It's another fun trip to the Mississippi Delta and I've already lined up the next three books on my 2017 Reading Thing. You could probably read this without having read Them Bones first without feeling too lost, but I wouldn't recommend it. There are relationships that overlap that it really helps to know about. (Besides, you should know by now that I would never recommend reading a series out of order!)
"Teaser Tuesday" is hosted by The Purple Booker and asks for a
random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.

Private investigation isn't on the list of a southern belle's most desirable accomplishments--but it's saved Sarah Booth Delaney's Delta homestead. Now all she has to cope with is its bossy antebellum ghost who is determined to save Sarah--from spinsterhood. Then comes the perfect social occasion: Lawrence Ambrose's dinner party...
Buried Bones
Ambrose, once a famous man of southern letters, is planning a comeback: a delicious tell-all with a bitchy ex-model as his "biographer." As he taunts his dinner guests with the news that his book will blow the lid off Zinnia's darkest secrets, it becomes plain that each and every guest has a secret--and wants Ambrose to keep it. When the morning-after mess includes a bloody corpse and the manuscript of the biography disappears, Sarah Booth goes digging for answers. But many who hold them are six feet under--or soon will be--and if she doesn't tread carefully, she could join them any day now...


  1. Great teaser, I am very curious on how she is getting played like a cheap harmonica.