Around the start of summer until about Halloween, I love to read mysteries, thrillers, and fiction books. To kick start this summer I returned to the Sarah Booth Delaney series by Carolyn Haines. There are 20 books in this series as of the date of this review. I originally started out of order but I never quite read all of the books. Last fall I started at the beginning. I stopped after partially reading Hallowed Bones. I just could not get behind some potentially killer nun surrounded by voodoo in New Orleans. I dropped the series after that book.
I picked up Ham Bones through my Brooklyn Public Library membership. Thank goodness for e-readers during this time. I immediately fell back in love with this series. The characters are well developed and the series flows well. However, you do not need to know the previous books to enjoy whichever book you pick up. Except there is one thing you need to know. Sarah Booth Delaney has a resident haunt, Jitty, in her family’s home that appears randomly, gives advice, and has conversations with Sarah.
If you are looking for a fun, lighthearted, female protagonist, page-turning book, then this is the one for you.
Below is the summary from Carolyn Haines:
When Broadway comes to the Delta, Death takes a bow—but Sarah Booth is the star suspect… Zinnia is abuzz: displaced from its New Orleans venue, a red-hot touring production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is opening right in the heart of town, featuring hunky star Graf Mileau! While most folks are excited, Sarah Booth, who had her own brief stint on The Great White Way—and on the arm of Mileau himself—is less than thrilled. Graf is now linked with his costar, Renata Troviola, a dyed-in-the-wool diva who plans to ride Graf’s coattails all the way to Hollywood. But Renata’s trip to the top comes to a screeching halt on the play’s second night, when someone laces her lipstick with cyanide.
The plot thickens when Renata’s brother arrives on the scene and makes it clear exactly who he thinks the killer is. It seems Renata was stirring up plenty of drama behind the scenes, making enemies galore: her long-suffering makeup artist, an extremely harsh critic, an angry audience member…even boy toy Graf had a motive. But the most damning evidence points to Sarah Booth herself, and before she can say Big Daddy, she’s topping Sheriff Coleman’s list of suspects.
Being a P.I. accused of murder is bad enough, but being investigated by the potential love of one’s life is downright mortifying. Now, to save her reputation and her romance, Sarah Booth reckons she’ll have to bring the curtain down on a mystery with more twists and turns than the Old Muddy…Ham Bones by Carolyn Haines