Bonefire of the Vanities (Sarah Booth Delaney Series #12)

Bonefire of the Vanities (Sarah Booth Delaney Series #12)

by Carolyn Haines
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Bonefire of the Vanities (Sarah Booth Delaney Series #12) by Carolyn Haines

Carolyn Haines’s southern PI, Sarah Booth Delaney, searches for a missing wealthy socialite and a shady psychic

 

 

The twelfth in Carolyn Haines’ charming series finds Sarah Booth Delaney on the trail of a porn-star-turned-psychic operating from a haunted estate on the edge of town. Marjorie Littlefield, an eccentric billionaire, has always planned to leave her fortune to her cat. But when “medium” Sherry Cameron promises to reunite Marjorie with her dead child, Sarah Booth is convinced it’s a scheme to separate a lonely woman from her fortune.

So, Sarah Booth talks her way onto the March estate as a maid, where she finds Marjorie and several other wealthy eccentrics ready to commune with the dead. Between chores, she explores the estate, finds a few corpses, and runs into a few ghosts along the way. But which guest or staff member is a killer? And are the “ghosts” real? Even Jitty, Sarah Booth’s personal haint, won’t tell until Sarah Booth has uncovered all of Sherry’s well-kept secrets.

With charlatans and spooks coming out of the woodwork, Sarah Booth is the only PI in southlands who can put an end to this elaborate scam in Bonefire of the Vanities, the latest in Carolyn Haines sparkling series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312641870
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Series: Sarah Booth Delaney Series , #12
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each year, I anxiously await Carolyn Haines' next Bones book. This 12th book in her series certainly didn't disappoint me! I wait for the book launches like I await a dear friend whom I only get to visit with once a year. I sit down with, sorry Sarah Booth, a cup of hot tea, devour the book, and then am saddened that I won't visit Zinnia for another year! I really liked that Jitty, Sarah Booth's haint, encouraged her to be a bit more independent this time around. It blended wonderfully with the compromising that Tinkie's AND Sarah Booth's men did...great growth on the character's part, this time around. The setting, borrowing eccentric con artists from the Big Easy, was masterful, since everyone in Mississippi knows, we all loved to be around LA folks for inspiration! There was redemption amidst all the conning and chaos, leaving me with the feeling I'd like to see some of these minor characters again. And I can't wait for the B & O ball!!! Carolyn always does such a fun job of making us all want to have a drink and set out on the veranda watching her animals. But Pluto was a welcome addition to her four-legged crew. Having become a cat person because my dog chose one, I totally felt that Carolyn pegged the brilliant cat. I believe she may have had Jitty come spy on mine!!! This book, by far, made me like Sarah Booth's fiance, Graf, more than ever. So far, I've been rooting for her to end uo with Sheriff Coleman, or even perhaps her buddy at the bank. But this story gave Graf a deeper place, a more human, man who may actually treat SB like she deserves to be treated, even if she's not a traditional DG. I enjoyed that. As always, Carolyn left me wanting more, sad to leave my Bones friends, and wishing I was back in MS hanging out, riding horses and getting into mischief. Mbg
TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
I've read all the previous Sarah Booth Delany books. I love Carolyn Haines characters, but this book just didn't do it for me. I bought the book because I really wanted to find out what the gang (of characters) was up to, and the book was like "old home week" but it just didn't live up to what I remember of the previous books. It was too sketchy--not enought attention to details and not much depth. And, can there be such a thing as too many twists and turns? For me the book had too many twists without fleshing out what was going on.
Paulette_B More than 1 year ago
The best in the series so far! I loved the fact that there were ghosts in the storyline other than Jitty. Carolyn has really outdone herself with this one!
et68 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I really enjoy seeing more of Harold and Jitty. I know that it is hard for Sarah Booth to keep Jitty to her self, but I understand her need to do so. I almost died laughing at the mystery male guest and his driver when they showed up. That was unexpected and so random. But very needed for both the others at the house. Such a wonderful suprise. Very wonderful plot twist at the end as well. I also hope to get visions of the Black and Orange Ball in the next book. Thanks for everything Carolyn. I can't wait for the next book.
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This was definitely up to Carolyn's usual standards of spoof, suspense, humor and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I have with all her other books. Can't wait for #13.
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Not the best in the series, but a decent read.
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memeBH More than 1 year ago
I think Bonefire of Vanities is the best book that Carolyn has written so far in the Bones series! After I finish one of her books, it seems like forever before another is there for me to read! When I get to the end of the book I want the story to just continue on and never end. Sarah Booth is so real and I feel like I'm right there with her trying to solve the mystery and Jitty, well, I wish I had a ghost like her that I could call upon! Carolyn Haines is not only a great writer, but a great and wonderful person with a heart of gold. We need more like her to help with our stray animals in finding homes for them and taking care of them!
rgp1950 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Haines is the queen of southern writers and her Sarah Booth series is the literary kingdom over which she reigns. Her latest book, Bonefire of the Vanities, is one more jewel in her crown of achievements. She slowly lures you into the story until you find yourself immersed in intrigue to the point of oblivion from the outside world. This is done with characters that appear so real you feel as though you are in a circle of personal friends. Each book has a more creative plot than the last and Bonefire of the Vanities is no exception.
crzctldy More than 1 year ago
Have read, loved and collected every Sarah Booth Delaney book. The only problem is that they are too few and far between! Her love of animals, antiques, heritage and the South fits me to a tee.
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Gran6 More than 1 year ago
if you liked the previous Sarah booth Delaney books, you will definitely like this one. Highly recommend
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Every time Sarah Booth and Tinkie take on a case that as easy as pie, it turns into something much bigger. They agree to go undercover as maid to help a woman who has mourned the death of her daughter oh so long ago. Con artists or the real thing… that is what they both hope to find in their investigation. When murder crosses their path, their case turns deadly. I love this series. This book oozes southern charm on every page in the evenly paced and well-written mystery. The butler, the chef, the owners and the guests all played a role of hide and seek and I enjoyed the chase to the end in identifying the killer. Meeting Mrs. Littlefield and Pluto was an added bonus that rounded out the supporting appearances of Oscar and Graf who were most helpful in navigating the clues to bring resolution to this case. This was a great read and I look forward to the next book in this charismatic and enjoyable series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always a great story and fun to read. I really love Jitty and she didn't disappoint.
nuyear75 More than 1 year ago
Every year I wait for the new "BONES" book to be released so that I can read it while on vacation in Mississippi.I was not disappointed at all woth this book, never have been with any of them! This year I was happy to find that the gang was back in Zinnia, Mississippi and helping locals with their problems. I enjoyed Roscoe having a larger part in this book and hope that he continues with his shenanigans! Jitty had more of a role in this book than she has had in some time and I hope that it continues in future books. Sarah Booth and Tinkie can never seem to stay out of trouble and this time it was great to find Tinkie trying to do something that was out of her comfort zone. She may not have been able to pull it off the way Sarah Booth could, but she did try. I look forward to the 13th book in this series and reading about the Zinnia gang and life in the Delta. What can Sarah Booth and TInkie get in to next?
Marut More than 1 year ago
Loved it! It ended too soon!!
Wanderinstar More than 1 year ago
Sarah Booth at her finest! For once her life is not in jeopardy.....quite a twist on this one......keeps you guessing right up to the end. Carolyn, where do you get your ideas?? Keep up the great work and hope to see a new Sarah Booth and Jitty in the not too distant future. Thanks, Wanderinstar
SarahBoothFan More than 1 year ago
I started reading Carolyn's first 11 Sarah Booth Delaney books Christmas 2011 and had the eleventh one finished by the end of February 2012! They are magnificent! I had withdrawal symptoms until Bonefire came out in June. Once I got the book, I savored every word, attempting to delay the end as long as I could! Carolyn tells a story like none other!