The cast is in fine form (including the helpful ghost, Jitty), and it's good to be back in Mississippi…One of the more entertaining episodes in the series.” Booklist
“Captivatingreaders will enjoy Greedy Bones from cranium to phalanges.” Don Noble, Alabama Public Radio
“Jitty, Dahlia House's wonderfully wise ‘haint,' [is] one of the best features of this light paranormal mystery series infused with Southern charm.” Publishers Weekly
“Never undone by a ghostly spirit, a handsome movie star, or even the oddball small town Southern folks most of us will easily recognize, Delaney is at her best when unraveling multiple puzzles. Ramp up the excitement and tension, add the often chuckle-out-loud humor, and they add up to one of the best of the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries.” Delta Magazine
“As usual in Haines' ‘Bones' series, the latest entry is charming light entertainment; a few serious notes about biological terror and family ties add interesting depth.” Times-Picayune
“An excellent 5-star read.” Armchair Reviews
In Haines's bone-rattling ninth puzzler (after 2008's Wishbones), Sarah Booth Delaney returns to Zinnia, Miss., and her ancestral home, Dahlia House, after the eruption there of a mysterious illness so scary agents from Atlanta's Centers for Disease Control must be called in. Tinkie Richmond, Sarah's best friend and PI partner, fears her husband, Oscar, is dying after a visit to the nearby "cursed" Carlisle cotton plantation infected with mutant boll weevils and a strange mold. Sounds like a horror movie, but it's no laughing matter as Sarah Booth sets aside her Hollywood honey, Graf Milieu, to help her former love interest, Sheriff Coleman Peters, solve a perplexing case that will eventually claim victims by such causes as shooting and hanging. Lending spectral advice is Jitty, Dahlia House's wonderfully wise "haint," one of the best features of this light paranormal mystery series infused with Southern charm. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Boll weevils and genetically altered cotton threaten a plantation in Zinnia, Miss. Barely over their Costa Rican escapade (Wishbones, 2008), Sarah Booth Delaney and Tinkie Richmond, partners in Sunflower County's Delaney Detective Agency, are bedeviled by disastrous events at the derelict Carlisle plantation. The old place is a source of constant friction between its feuding heirs, brother and sister Luther and Erin, who can't agree whether to sell it off to developer Jimmy Janks. Four people who recently visited the property, including Tinkie's husband Oscar, now hover near death. The doctors are puzzled. So are two scientists from the CDC and a pair from the Mississippi Agri-team. While the sheriff falls for the CDC bombshell, Tinkie wills her husband to live; Sarah Booth converses with Jitty (the ghost only she hears) and fights nausea; and their best pal Cece, a transgendered reporter, goes investigating and gets her nose bashed. Has a plague overtaken the county? Is someone fiddling with nature for nefarious reasons? Before Zinnia sinks back into its usual good manners and genteel deportment, casualties will mount; a whole cotton crop will be devastated; and Sarah Booth will once again blithely saunter into danger any reader could have warned her about several chapters earlier. Yes, the villains are fairly easy to spot and Sarah Booth's love life is a tad schmaltzy, but Haines has added a nice little bite to her conversational comebacks, and it's fun to watch Jitty's astral wardrobe changes.