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Smarty Bones

A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery

A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery

Carolyn Haines

Minotaur Books

Professor Olive Twist has come to Zinnia, Mississippi to study a mysterious grave wherein lies the Lady in Red, a perfectly preserved and stunningly beautiful but unnamed and unclaimed body. Olive claims she can not only identify the corpse, she can also prove the woman’s scandalous role in the nation’s history. Olive takes it a step too far, though, when she starts connecting elite Zinnia families with the same scandal.

Dander up, Zinnia’s society ladies know only one way to handle Olive: they call on the private investigative services of Sarah Booth Delaney. But Olive’s real agenda is clear as Mississippi mud, and when Sarah Booth discovers a present-day dead body, she knows there’s more than just family pride and Southern heritage at stake. If she can’t find the murderer and fast, it might just be Sarah Booth's life on the line next.

Carolyn Haines pulls out all the stops in Smarty Bones, the next charming, sassy, Southern-fried Sarah Booth Delaney mystery.

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Heat and humidity commingle to form a thick haze over the cotton fields, muting the lush green plants to monochromatic grays. The haunting vista captures my heart, and I stop my labors and lean for a moment on my broom. I’ve only swept half the front porch of Dahlia House—not exactly hard work—yet sticky sweat trickles down my spine. The autumnal equinox has come and gone, and in another week the calendar will flip. October will arrive and break September’s stifling heat. The cotton bolls will split and mechanical harvesters will comb the fields
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Praise for Smarty Bones

“We have to admit being hooked by the title, but even urbane Tom Wolfe would get a kick out of this delightfully fun twelfth installment of Haines’ Southern mystery series.”
New York Post on Bonefire of the Vanities

“An entertaining romp with enough twists to hold interest to the end.” —Booklist on Bonefire of the Vanities

“Fast pacing, numerous plot twists, a spooky mansion, family secrets, and some ghosts keep the pages turning.” —Booklist on Bones of a Feather

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

“We have to admit being hooked by the title, but even urbane Tom Wolfe would get a kick out of this delightfully fun twelfth installment of Haines’ Southern mystery series.”
New York Post on Bonefire of the Vanities

“An entertaining romp with enough twists to hold interest to the end.” —Booklist on Bonefire of the Vanities

“Fast pacing, numerous plot twists, a spooky mansion, family secrets, and some ghosts keep the pages turning.” —Booklist on Bones of a Feather

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

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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 Semmes, Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats and horses than she can possibly keep track of.
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    A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery

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    Carolyn Haines

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