Bones of a Feather

A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery

A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery (Volume 11)

Carolyn Haines

Minotaur Books

When PI Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner and best friend, Tinkie, take on Monica and Eleanor Levert as clients, they don’t have much hope of solving the case. The wealthy heiresses of Briarcliff in Natchez, Mississippi, claim that a family necklace worth four million dollars has been stolen, and they think that they can hurry the insurance payout if a reputable PI investigates. Sarah Booth has her doubts, and not just about the payout. All of the evidence suggests that the sisters might be committing fraud.

But when they have just started scratching the surface on the sordid past of the Levert family and the blood money that all of their wealth was founded upon, Monica goes missing. The police suspect that the heiresses are playing more games, and Eleanor isn’t doing anything to make them think any different.

But how can she? If she says or does anything besides pass on the insurance money to the kidnappers, they’ll kill Monica.

With a family history that runs deep and dark and a twisting plot where no one is exactly what they seem, Sarah Booth and Tinkie are the Levert sisters' best and only hope in Bones of a Feather, the latest in Carolyn Haines sparkling Southern mystery series.



Read an Excerpt


Graf Milieu, my fiancé, stands in the sunlight filtering through the sheers of the bedroom window. His dark hair hangs over one eye as he drinks a cup of coffee and watches over me.

“I love you, Sarah Booth Delaney,” he says, and he means every word.

“Come here.” I reach for him, light winking on the diamond of my engagement ring. My hands know the contours of his body, the curve of bicep and length of thigh. Male perfection. The bed is empty without him.

“Sleep, Sarah Booth.”

“No, wait,”



Praise for Bones of a Feather

Praise for Bone Appétit

“Distinctive characters and a clever cooking background make Haines’s tenth Sarah Booth Delaney mystery the best yet in this Southern cozy series.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A whole lot of Southern sass . . . Haines’s novel is definitely a page-turner.”
Jackson Free Press

Praise for Greedy Bones

“As usual in Haines’s Bones series, the latest entry is charming light entertainment.”
The Times-Picayune

Praise for Wishbones

“Wishbones is reminiscent in many ways of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, only fresher with a bit more of an edge and none of the pretentiousness. Light, breezy, and just plain fun. Call Haines the queen of cozies.”­
Providence Journal-Bulletin

“Sarah Booth Delaney heads for Hollywood in Haines’s entertaining eighth. . . . The chemistry sizzles between Graf and Sarah Booth.”
Publishers Weekly

“Haines’s warmth, wit, and authenticity come through in her characters. . . . Wishbones is a story about the bonds of friendship and the strength of Southern women and is also a good, old-fashioned, fast-moving whodunit.”
Mobile Register

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  • Carolyn Haines

  • Carolyn Haines is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries, including Greedy Bones and Bone Appetit. 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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    Bones of a Feather

    A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery

    A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery

    Carolyn Haines



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