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16 May 2017

Splintered Bones by Carolyn Haines (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)

There are a few life lessons to be learned in Carolyn Haines' third Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, Splintered Bones
  • Don't mess with a Daddy's Girl.
  • Don't mess with her horse.
  • Don't mess with her friends.
  • Don't mess with her daughter.
and, of course, the one lesson that you likely won't ever have need for:
  • Don't let your live-in ghost help a teenager hook you up in the online dating world.
Sarah Booth is tasked by her fellow Daddy's Girl and long-time friend, Lee, with watching after Lee's 14-year-old daughter and helping to prove that her husband was such a vile specimen of mankind that he needed killin'. Lee has already confessed to the crime but few believe that she actually did it -- and those that believe that she did largely believe that it was for the greater good. Of course, things are complicated and suspects and secrets are popping up all over the place -- almost as often as the selection of men who arrive thanks to the online dating profile Sarah Booth wasn't aware she even had.

There's a great mix of humor and good ol' mystery going on and, once again, I found myself alternating between audible laughs and gasps. I've quite fallen in love with the community that Carolyn Haines has created in Zinnia, Mississippi and won't be waiting nearly as long to read the next one!


"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.

From Amazon:

13 comments:

  1. Wow, Karen, I love that first paragraph, especially the idea of the soil being feminine. I definitely want to read this book and maybe the series.

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    1. I highly recommend starting at the beginning! They can be read on their own, but the relationships would mean more if you see them progress I think :)

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  2. It just goes to show it is worth reading a little bit of the book - I wasn't sure from the cover if this would be for me, but in a few short words I was won over.

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    1. The early cover designs were a bit .... lacking. They changed feel with book 6 and made them more fun. In fact, the reason I started reading them is that I had cover-bought some of the later ones through Mystery Guild or something & then realized I was several books behind! (The 17th in the series is out today, in fact!)

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  3. I want a live-in ghost! This sounds like a fun read.

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    1. When I picked up the first one I thought it was just another cozy set in the south until Jitty showed up in all of her ghostly glory. She adds a bit of zip and sass!

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  4. I completely agree with the previous comments - covers can certainly be deceptive! Fun teaser!

    My Teaser

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  5. I remember this mystery series, but I never started reading it. Love the intro. Think I'll try and see if my library has it.

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  6. This sounds like the kind of story (and series) that I adore. A Southern setting, murder, and even a ghost. I'll be on a search for Book #1.
    My Tuesday post features A Memory of Violets.

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  7. The descriptions of the land and its "femininity" fascinate me. I also like the persistent questioning in the teaser.

    Enjoy! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE RED HUNTER”

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  8. This one sounds highly readable - I hope you have thoroughly enjoyed reading it, Karen:)

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  9. Liked the intro and definitely the setting.

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