Bones of a Feather: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery Hardcover – Jun 21 2011
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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…
"REMINISCENT OF JANET EVANOVICH'S STEPHANIE PLUM NOVELS." ―Providence Journal-Bulletin--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Heiress Monica Levert of Briarcliff in Natchez asks Sarah to help her on a case in which she and her sister Eleanor were robbed of a family necklace valued at four million dollars that the insurance firm balks at paying. Monica believes an independent private investigator could expedite the payment. Sarah and her partner Tinkie drive to Natchez to talk with the police, examine the evidence, and conclude the siblings were robbed. Monica is kidnapped and the perpetrator demands four million dollars for her release. Eleanor cannot cash the insurance check because she needs her sister's co-signature. Tinkie prevails on her banker husband to help, but before the sleuths finish with the siblings, they realize their deaths are the end game.
The excellent eleventh Sarah Booth Delaney paranormal private investigative tale (see Bone Apetit) is a strong whodunit filled with key support characters who are not quite what they seem as first reader impressions will not hold up; just ask the two sleuths. Sarah and Tinkie see many faces of evil; some of whom shouldn't have existed as they make psychopaths seem stable. The superb Mississippi Delta mystery is a terrific thriller as almost everyone believes the sisters are con artists, but the conscientious sleuths cannot take the chance they are not.