• Title: Smarty Bones Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries, No. 13)
  • Author: Carolyn Haines
  • Released: 2014-04-29
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 352
  • ISBN: 1250046602
  • ISBN13: 978-1250046604
  • ASIN: 1250046602
From Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie, are asked to stop abrasive historian Olive Twist from trying to prove that the Lady in Red, a perfectly preserved body dating from Civil War times, is an ancestor of two powerful families in Zinnia, Mississippi. Olive is also bent on proving the Lady in Red was involved in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. When her assistant, Jimmy Boswell, is killed, Olive asks Sarah Booth and Tinkie to investigate. Assisted by Tinkie’s husband, Sarah Booth’s fiancé, and Dahlia House’s haint (ghost) Jitty, they follow a trail that leads to the survivalist relatives of the Falcons and the Richmonds. A satisfying mystery framed by a well-drawn small-town southern setting. --Sue OBrien --This text refers to the edition.


Praise for Carolyn Haines and

the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries


Smarty Bones
“Raucously entertaining. This entire series is filled with mystery, humor, and more than a touch of the romantic South…not to be missed.”—Criminal Element
“If you enjoy mysteries with rich Southern settings, fascinating history, and quirky characters, you’ll devour this one quicker than a plate full of buttermilk biscuits.”—Mystery Scene Magazinep


“The South’s answer to a feminine Sherlock Holmes, the marvelous and smart Sarah Booth Delaney is on the trial of another fun and fascinating mystery.”—Fresh Fiction


“A satisfying mystery framed by a well-drawn small-town Southern setting.”—Booklist


Bonefire of the Vanities

“Delightfully fun.”—New York Post

“Wildly entertaining.”—Criminal Element

“This is the twelfth entry in the series featuring the spunky Sara Booth Delaney. For loyal followers or new fans, Bonefire is a happy romp filled with colorful characters.”—Houston Press

 “We have to admit being hooked by the title, but even urbane Tom Wolfe would get a kick out of this delightfully fun twelfth installment of Haines’s Southern mystery series.” —New York Post


“An entertaining romp with enough twists to hold interest to the end.” —Booklist


Bones of a Feather


“A lesson in lying, Mississippi style…Haines diverts the reader…with great dollops of charm.”—Kirkus Reviews


“Entertaining…Sarah and Tinkie must strive to thwart a plot of brilliantly diabolical proportions.”—Publishers Weekly


“Sarah Booth Delaney has a funny way of ending up in extremely strange situations…a perfectly written mystery with a cast that is humorous, charming and deadly. Haines certainly is one of the best mystery writers working today.”—RT Book Reviews


“Excellent…a strong whodunit…The superb Mississippi Delta mystery is a terrific thriller.” —Harriet Klausner


Bone Appetit


“Distinctive characters and a clever cooking background make Haines’s tenth Sarah Booth Delaney mystery the best yet in this Southern cozy series.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“A whole lot of Southern sass…Haines’s novel is definitely a page-turner.” —Jackson Free Press



Greedy Bones


“The cast is in fine form (including the helpful ghost, Jitty), and it’s good to be back in Mississippi…One of the more entertaining episodes in the series.”—Booklist

“Captivating—readers will enjoy Greedy Bones from cranium to phalanges.”—Don Noble, Alabama Public Radio


“Jitty, Dahlia House’s wonderfully wise ‘haint,’ [is] one of the best features of this light paranormal mystery series infused with Southern charm.”—Publishers Weekly

“Never undone by a ghostly spirit, a handsome movie star, or even the oddball small town Southern folks most of us will easily recognize, Delaney is at her best when unraveling multiple puzzles. Ramp up the excitement and tension, add the often chuckle-out-loud humor, and they add up to one of the best of the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries.”—Delta Magazine


“As usual in Haines’ ‘Bones’ series, the latest entry is charming light entertainment; a few serious notes about biological terror and family ties add interesting depth.”—Times-Picayune


“An excellent 5-star read.”—Armchair Reviews




“Funny, ingenious...and delightful.”—Dallas Morning News


Wishbones is reminiscent in many ways of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, only fresher with a bit more of an edge... Light, breezy, and just plain fun. Call Haines the queen of cozies.”—Providence Journal-Bulletin

“Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood! Non-Southerners will find the madcap adventure an informative peek into an alien culture.”—Kirkus Reviews


“Sarah Booth Delaney heads for Hollywood in Haines’s entertaining eighth cozy…The chemistry sizzles between Graf and Sarah Booth.”—Publishers Weekly


“Haines’ warmth, wit, and authenticity come through in her characters…Wishbones is a story about the bonds of friendship and the strength of Southern women and is also a good, old-fashioned, fast-moving whodunit.”—Mobile Register

“Haines’ writing style is reminiscent of our beloved Anne George…tongue-in-cheek, clever Southern mysteries.”—Birmingham News



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