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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (June 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758210914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758210913
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #693,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Carolyn Haines is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries, including "Greedy Bones, Bone Appetit", and "Bones of a Feather". She is the recipient of both the Harper Lee Distinguished Writing Award and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Before writing fiction, she worked for several years as a journalist, and first visited the Delta, the setting for her mysteries, to do a newspaper story on Parchman State Prison. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats, and horses than she can possibly keep track of.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ccdda20) out of 5 stars 50 reviews
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9db71aec) out of 5 stars charming crime caper July 5 2006
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After her failure to attain her dream of becoming an actress, Sarah Booth Delaney returned to her hometown of Zinnia, Mississippi to try and save her childhood home Dahlia House. She succeeds after stealing her future partner's dog and collecting the fee. Now the business is doing will and the business is gaining recognition and rich clients. Except for her love life, Sara Booth's life is perfect even if the household haunt Jitty, a servant of a former Delaney occupant, nags her to get married and have children.

Her latest case is to find out who killed Quentin McGee, a writer who dished out the dirt on the rich and powerful in her tell-all book. The police have arrested Allison Tatum whose shoeprint were found at the murder scene and witnesses reported a lover's quarrel believe the victim and the suspect shortly before she died. The problem in this case is that there are so many other people who wanted Quentin dead because she laid bare their secrets for the whole world to know. As with every case involving Sarah Booth, she winds up in danger but this time her partner is also in the hands of a dangerous serial killer.

Carolyn Haines is a writer that always delivers a charming crime caper that is a combination delightful and humorous regional mystery inside a foreboding southern gothic. Readers will enjoy this terrific tale whether they solve the case or not because BONES TO PICK is a beguiling tale. A fast paced plot, a creative storyline and excellent drawn characters make this cozy something out of the ordinary.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d467768) out of 5 stars Wonderful Series! Feb. 15 2008
By Samantha Augustus - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I started "Them Bones", I had to run out and purchase the rest of Ms. Haines series. I absolutely love her style of writing and her ability to keep the reader glued to the storyline is without question. She is on a par with no other. I'm eagerly anticipating "Wishbones". The only flaw -and one I've noticed with the last three authors I've read - is that the previous book's "killer" in a succession of books that carry over the storyline into the next book is given away or told in the book you're currently reading. If you've read the books in order, there's no problem. If you're new to an author and you pick up a book out of sequence, you're going to find out who did what to whom in the last story and have no reason to read it! That was my only disappointment in this author as well as as a few others I've recently read. Mentioning a prior book is fine but why blow the chance for a sale of a book or ruin the read for a possible new fan of the author by giving too much away in a current book from the one before it?! Is this the new trend of authors? I really enjoy Ms. Haines and that I'm reading her books in order. I hope these authors read some of these reviews so they'll know what NOT to divulge. It will ensure keeping loyal readers and it won't turn away new ones who don't have to read the author's other books because they'll already know the outcome of a previous book because the author gave away who dunnit! As already stated, not everyone can always read a series in chronological order. Other than that one negative observation, this reader is looking forward to and anticipating any and all new books by Ms. Haines. I love the personal storyline of Sarah Booth Delaney and I can always count on the author to keep me guessing to the very end of the book as to who the culprit is. Keep those "twists" and "turns" in the narrative coming!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d467e64) out of 5 stars Bones to pick by Carolyn Haines July 10 2012
By D. R. Meredith - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bones To Pick (Southern Belle Mysteries)Digging up the dirt on everyone you know and publishing it in a tell-all book is a sure way to get yourself killed. Quentin McGee can testify to that--if she weren't dead, allegedly murdered by her lesbian lover, Allison Tatum. Sarah Booth Delaney, Zinnia, Mississippi, PI and failed Southern Belle, is hired to prove Allison didn't kill her lover. She wasn't necessarily hired to prove who did it, but that trivial detail doesn't stop Sarah Booth and her partner, Tinkie. God knows there are enough suspects at Quentin's funeral to populate a plantation ball. Both Quentin and Allison were graduates of a respectable and very exclusive boarding school for southern girls, and the alums show up in force, all very unhappy about having their secrets revealed in Quention's book. Tinkie's kidnapping by a serial killer adds a sense of urgency to the plot, and the relationship between Sheriff Coleman Peters and Sarah Booth heats up a bit. This is another fun addition to the Southern Belle series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf9a468) out of 5 stars Bones to Pick Feb. 12 2008
By Viola Sanders - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Bones to Pick" is a great entry into the Mississippi Delta mysteries. Besides being a great mystery, Sarah Booth grows tremendously during the novel. She questions why she stays on at Dahlia House, & Jitty, as always, pushes Sarah Booth towards the answer. I have to say that one of the strong points of this series has always been the setting. Being from Mississippi, I can appreciate the Delta & what it means to Sarah Booth.

As for the mystery, I found it fast paced & very engrossing. I actually figured out the killer about half-way through, & the end dragged on a little too long-- but I highly recommend this installment of the Mississippi Delta mysteries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1d8978) out of 5 stars a fun romp through the Mississippi Delta Aug. 21 2007
By Lexi Andreas - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bones to Pick is indeed a charming and fun mystery. It's not literary, it's not heavy. In fact, the end is slightly dragged down by all the thematic messages the characters start spouting.

Still...this Haines mystery does not disappoint in providing a madcap investigation by two unlikely partners (and their hounds) with a bit of complicated love interest and an opinionated ghost thrown in.

Any reader would be wise, however, to start at the beginning of the series, and not to take details too seriously (such as a patient having just had major thoracic surgery getting up from his bed to break up a fight.) Quick fun read with characters I've come to enjoy.

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