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Bonefire of the Vanities

Bonefire of the Vanities

A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery (Volume 12)

Carolyn Haines

Minotaur Books




Despite the wishes of her overprotective fiancé, Sarah Booth Delaney can't give up her detective work, no matter how dangerous it becomes. It's too much a part of her. On this case, avoiding danger might be impossible—she's on the trail of a porn-star-turned-psychic operating from a haunted estate on the edge of town. Medium Sherry Cameron promises to reunite grieving family members with their dearly departed, but it seems vaguely suspicious that Sherry will only accept emotionally vulnerable and tremendously wealthy clients. Aging billionaire Marjorie Littlefield fits the profile perfectly—her daughter died in a tragic accident as a young girl, she's been estranged from her son for decades, and she's planning to leave her considerable inheritance to her cat.

Convinced she's uncovered a scheme to separate a lonely woman from her fortune, Sarah Booth talks her way onto the estate as a maid, where she finds Marjorie and several other wealthy eccentrics ready to commune with the dead. Between chores, Sarah Booth explores the estate, mingles with the other staff…and finds a few dead bodies. But which guest or staff member might be the killer? Even Jitty, Sarah Booth's personal haint, won't tell until Sarah Booth has uncovered all of Sherry's well-kept secrets.

With spooks and charlatans around every corner, Sarah Booth is the only PI in the southlands who can put an end to this elaborate scam in Bonefire of the Vanities, the charming twelfth entry in Carolyn Haines's sparkling series.



There are times when every woman needs to sit on the porch and listen to Emmylou Harris. One of those times is when she realizes she's overplayed her hand. I now find myself in such an awful moment. I haven't spoken...


Praise for 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

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

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

“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 on Bones of a Feather

“Excellent...a strong whodunit...The superb Mississippi Delta mystery is a terrific thriller.” —Harriet Klausner on Bones of a Feather

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Read the Kirkus Review of BONEFIRE OF THE VANITIES . A much loved cat stands to inherit billions. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Carolyn Haines

Carolyn Haines is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries. She is the recipient of both the Harper Lee Distinguished Writing Award and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. 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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