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Bones of a Feather: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery [Hardcover]

Carolyn Haines
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June 21 2011 A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery (Book 11)

When PI Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner and best friend, Tinkie, take on Monica and Eleanor Levert as clients, they don’t have much hope of solving the case. The wealthy heiresses of Briarcliff in Natchez, Mississippi, claim that a family necklace worth four million dollars has been stolen, and they think that they can hurry the insurance payout if a reputable PI investigates. Sarah Booth has her doubts, and not just about the payout. All of the evidence suggests that the sisters might be committing fraud.

But when they have just started scratching the surface on the sordid past of the Levert family and the blood money that all of their wealth was founded upon, Monica goes missing. The police suspect that the heiresses are playing more games, and Eleanor isn’t doing anything to make them think any different.

But how can she? If she says or does anything besides pass on the insurance money to the kidnappers, they’ll kill Monica.

With a family history that runs deep and dark and a twisting plot where no one is exactly what they seem, Sarah Booth and Tinkie are the Levert sisters' best and only hope in Bones of a Feather, the latest in Carolyn Haines sparkling Southern mystery series.


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Praise for Bone Appétit

“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

Praise for Greedy Bones

“As usual in Haines’s Bones series, the latest entry is charming light entertainment.”
The Times-Picayune

Praise for Wishbones

“Wishbones is reminiscent in many ways of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, only fresher with a bit more of an edge and none of the pretentiousness. Light, breezy, and just plain fun. Call Haines the queen of cozies.”­
Providence Journal-Bulletin

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

“Haines’s 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

From the Back Cover

Southern P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney tries to untangle the twisted schemes of twin sisters in the strangest case yet in Carolyn Haines’s award-winning series.

A ruby necklace worth four million dollars appears to have been stolen, and its owners, Monica and Eleanor Levert—twin heirs of a wealthy Natchez clan—seem a bit too anxious to get their hands on the insurance money. It sounds a tad suspicious to Sarah Booth, who’s been asked to file a report, but she can’t be sure someone’s committing fraud—or any other crime, for that matter—until one of the sisters is kidnapped…

“A LESSON IN LYING, MISSISSIPPI STYLE…with great dollops of charm.” —Kirkus Reviews

The police suspect the heiresses are playing some sort of game. But when Sarah Booth and her partner Tinkie begin to scratch the surface of the family’s sordid past, they uncover more skeletons than any one closet can hold. Throw in a sneaky romantic gardener, a lurid tell-all biographer, and a body plunging off a plantation cliff, and the kidnapped twin plot thickens. But Sarah Booth really starts seeing double when Jitty the ghost shows up—as a pair of sisters—and two crimes become deadlier than one…


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy Entry into Long-Running Series June 29 2012
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Bones of a Feather" is one of a long series by Carolyn Haines, featuring Mississippian ex-belle Sarah Booth Delaney, her best friend (and partner in their detective agency) Tinkie, Cece the columnist who used to be Cecil, and Jitty, Sarah Booth's "haint." I read probably five or so of these early on, then lost interest, so I don't know how many books I've missed, but I picked this particular volume up for its light reading qualities. Here, Sarah Booth (yes, she's always called by both names) and Tinkie are hired by gracefully aging, aristocratic twin sisters, Monica and Eleanor of Natchez, to provide a report to their insurance company about the theft of an extremely valuable ruby necklace. They're happy to do so, particularly when an extremely handsome, and brooding, man, Barclay, makes an appearance, but neither he nor the sisters are what they seem and when Monica is abducted, all bets are off.... I was a bit surprised by this book, in that although it had the Southern charm and humour that I remembered from earlier books in the series, there are also some very dark and violent scenes as well, which would not do for the faint of heart. I can attest that one can dip in and out of the series without needing to read each and every one, but I'm not sure who would bother. Some of the writing is just sloppy - for instance, in one tense scene Sarah Booth finds herself in possession of the camera of another person; a scene or two later, she's *looking* for that same camera, which is now somehow located under a bush. As I said, just sloppy. A minor read, and it'll probably be another 10 years or so before I pick up another in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER FROM CAROLYN HAINES June 21 2011
By SHumphreyMLT - Published on
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Carolyn Haines may have "grown up more tomboy than Daddy's Girl," but she has once again captured the heart of that southern icon in her character Sarah Booth Delaney. Sarah Booth is a private investigator from Zinna, a small town in the Mississippi delta.
Haines avoids Jessica Fletcher syndrome by having Sarah Booth travel to Natchez to investigate the theft of a multi-million dollar heirloom necklace belonging to to twin sisters Monica and Eleanor Levert. Sarah Booth and her best friend and business partner Tinkie have agreed to not accept dangerous cases anymore at the request of the men in their lives. The disappearance of Monica Levert changes the case from an innocuous insurance investigation to one of kidnapping and possible homicide. Throw in a couple of ghosts, a son born on the wrong side of the blanket, and a society bell who creates life-size barbie style replicas of herself in halloween costumes and you have Haine's uncanny knack for combining a murder mystery with a laugh out loud tale of southern characters and the world they belong to.
The particular world that Carolyn Haines has captured, boxed, and delivered to us wrapped in vintage peignor lace is of Natchez, MS and its tightly knit group of society matrons. Known locally as the "Hoop Skirt Mafia", these women make up an exclusive network that has controlled everything from the annual Natchez pilgrimage to activities in boardrooms and bedrooms for years. The old South survives in these women who will always present the "proper" image to society. Behind closed doors, a few of the antebellum mansions guard activities better suited to the reputation of Natchez Under the Hill. Monica and Eleanor Levert are prime examples of women willing to run their lives to ruin as long as the image that society sees is one of grace, wealth, and beauty.
If you have not read the first ten books in Haines' Mississippi delta mysteries, you will still enjoy Bones of a Feather and be able to pick right up with the storylines recurring characters. You could easily enjoy this book as a stand alone title, but don't cheat yourself. Go back and get the rest of the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Meat on These Bones... July 25 2011
By T Reader - Published on
I used to enjoy this series but the past few books, this one included, have been over-the-top melodramatic. The plot really makes no sense, setting the book in Natchez makes no sense. Sarah Booth and Tinkie used to be sassy and smart - in this book, they act like Lucy and Ethel rather than professionals. There are numerous instances in the book where any logical (and some illogical) people would have and should have called the authorities, but instead, Sarah Booth and Tinkie foolishly flounder on. Very disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery set in Natchez, Mississippi July 23 2011
By Fred Camfield - Published on
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This latest novel in the Sarah Booth Delaney series is set in Natchez, Mississippi. Sarah Booth's friend Cece sums it up when she says, "This case has everything, Sarah Booth. Stolen jewelry, a family of thieves and killers, a secret baby, a kidnapping, sexual misconduct, and now a spy. It just doesn't get any better than this."

Sarah Booth and her friend Tinkie are called by twin sisters in Natchez who want their help in investigating a missing heirloom ruby necklace. They find themselves involved in a case involving old money (often from sources people prefer not to talk about), decaying gentry, social rivalries, romantic liaisons, and crimes past and present. It is hard to say who is doing what to whom. There are surprises as a tangled web becomes unraveled. On a case that should have been a slam dunk, Sarah Booth finds her life in danger.

Along the way, you get a view of Natchez Under the Hill, past and present, with some comments on the history of dangers to travelers. A new dog and a new horse show up on the scene. Jitty, the resident haint at Sarah Booth's mansion, is still pushing Sarah Booth to have a child.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another entry, but not not my favorite. June 10 2012
By Emily Melton - Published on
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I really like the Sarah Booth Mysteries, and I really wanted to love this one. However, it left much to be desired. The books where the characters travel from the Delaney home in Zinnia (or outside of the Mississippi Delta) are not my favorites. Still a good read, just not as good as others in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Call the Cops, ladies! Dec 3 2011
By Penny L. Bloodhart - Published on
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I have enjoyed Sarah Booth, Tinkie, Jitty and the cherished dogs in this series. However, during this recent escapade I got so impatient with Sarah and Tinkie that I skipped to the last part of the book. Somehow, they were completely bamboozled by their enemies in this one, despite multiple clear clues and signals that they were on the wrong track. I thought that Sarah was much smarter than this!! I am also having a bit of trouble with staying optimistic about our heroine's long distance romance with Graf. I can't see him settling down on her place for gracious southern living---and she's definitely not going to depart for Hollywood. Bring back Coleman!!
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