Bonefire of the Vanities

A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery (Volume 12)

Carolyn Haines

Minotaur Books

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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.

 

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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 with my fiancé, Graf Milieu, for seven days. And not from lack of trying.

Graf warned me that my work as a private investigator troubles him. Not the work, but the fact that I often find myself in danger. My partner, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond, and I have had more than our fair share of close calls and injuries.

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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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Bonefire of the Vanities
Carolyn Haines

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
June 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312641870
ISBN10: 0312641877
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
March 2013
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9781250017079
ISBN10: 1250017076
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 368 pages
$7.99

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Minotaur Books
June 2012
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ISBN: 9781250014856
ISBN10: 1250014859
352 pages
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