Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery (Volume 8)

Carolyn Haines

Minotaur Books




Southern gal Sarah Booth Delaney packs up her hound dog and her P.I. business and sets off for Hollywood to take a shot at stardom. No stranger to acting, she aces the screen test for a racy remake of the movie Body Heat alongside leading man Graf Miliau. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and why not? Graf has already starred in one of Sarah's previous affairs and is well on his way to landing a big part in the sequel.

Thrilled as Sarah is, her dream come true comes at a price. She has to leave behind her family's ancestral home in Mississippi, her closest friends, and the possibility of settling down with her longtime love to film on location in Costa Rica. And it's not long before rivalries flare, mysterious accidents occur, and this leading lady finds herself in some steamy tabloids without turning up in a single frame of film.

Carolyn Haines's Wishbones takes the sultry romance and colorful friendships of this delightfully Southern series and heads out west for a mystery that is as thrilling off camera as it is on.


Chapter One

Spring is not the time to leave the South. This is the season when Mississippi is truly the belle of the ball, dressed in vibrant azalea frills, white lace dogwoods, and bridal wreath. The promise of money drifts...


Praise for Wishbones

“Outrageous . . . the humorous romp through the pages is well worth taking.” —Publishers Weekly on Ham Bones

“Ever-amusing . . . Fans of Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity novels will enjoy the ghostly presence in this charming Southern cozy.” —Booklist on Ham Bones

“Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood! Non-Southerners will find the madcap adventure an informative peek into an alien culture.” —Kirkus Reviews on Bones to Pick

“Amour and a murder make this Mississippi Delta whodunit from Haines sure to please. . . . When the dots are connected, the conclusion is both clever and impressive.” —Publishers Weekly on Hallowed Bones

“Funny, ingenious . . . and delightful.” —The Dallas Morning News on Splintered Bones

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About the author

Carolyn Haines

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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