Hallowed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney Series #5)

Hallowed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney Series #5)

by Carolyn Haines
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Hallowed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney Series #5) by Carolyn Haines

The southern Delta has never been more exhilarating, evocative, and wickedly funny than in the mysteries of Carolyn Haines. Now she takes readers on another rollicking ride across the Mississippi cotton fields and into the glamour of New Orleans…as P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney follows a winding trail of murder and deception into a world where ghosts make fashion statements—and where one person’s miracle is another person’s mayhem.

The leaves of the calendar may be shedding faster than the sycamores on her family’s decaying Mississippi plantation, but thirty-something southern belle Sarah Booth Delaney isn’t ready to sing the blues. Not when she’s got a thriving detective agency and the outspoken, outrageously attired ghost of her great-great-grandmother’s nanny to keep her on her toes. But the matchmaking phantom may have the last word on motherhood when Sarah Booth takes on the controversial case of an accused baby killer.

Although Doreen Mallory’s been arrested for feeding sleeping pills to her ten-week-old daughter, no one could accuse her of lacking faith. A healer who, tragically, couldn’t save her own baby girl, born with multiple birth defects, Doreen has her own crosses to bear. While the local law seems convinced of Doreen’s guilt, Sarah Booth isn’t so sure. But why is Doreen reluctant to talk about the men in her life? Like the televangelist who stands to lose a lot more than his flock. Or the married politician with family ties to the Mob. Either of them could be little Rebekah’s father; either of them could also be her killer.

With Halloween approaching and her own personal life up for grabs, Sarah Booth could use a little faith healing herself. Torn between a married sheriff and an old flame who’s literally sweeping her off her feet, she’d better be prepared for the fallout of her most
unpopular case yet. Justice may not stand a ghost of a chance as a decades-old secret explodes, unleashing a storm of fury on Sarah Booth and all those she loves.

Witty, suspenseful, and featuring a cast of memorable characters, Hallowed Bones is a riveting tale of faith, murder, and maternal love. It is Carolyn Haines’s most accomplished novel yet.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440334835
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/30/2004
Series: Sarah Booth Delaney Series , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 47,374
File size: 506 KB

About the Author

A native of Mississippi, Carolyn Haines lives in southern Alabama on a farm with her husband, horses, dogs, and cats. She has been honored with an Alabama State Council on the Arts literary fellowship for her writing, a family with enough idiosyncracies to give her material for the rest of her life, and a bevy of terrific friends. She is a former photojournalist.?


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Hallowed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney Series #5) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying this series. It's been hard not to look up the details in the next books to get a sneak peak at what's coming next. So much fun
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Mollymobo More than 1 year ago
I am so reminded of the Janet Evanovich character, Stephanie Plum. Sarah Booth is quite the character and continuously finds herself in scrapes and has a very complicated love life. I love every Carolyn Haines book I've read and look forward to more!
sdb More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Haines' Sarah Booth Delaney series makes for great light summer reading. Witty, fun, with mysteries that are compelling enough to keep you turning the pages and very "southern" settings and characters that are a delight. "Hallowed Bones" is one of my favorite from the series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read it all have to say that some of it was funny and cute. I guess it is all in what you like in books. I love the women being detectives, but do not agree with the beliefs in it. That is a personal thing. It was an okay read. E R
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Delaney Detective Agency moves into its new office in Zinnia, Mississippi. Owner Sarah Booth Delaney and her friend Tinkie Richmond are delighted with their new setting including a Kinky Friedman inspired red phone. They get a client right away when New Orleans based Sister Mary Magdalen hires Sarah to prove that healer Doreen Mallory did not kill her ten week old daughter Rebekah, who suffered from major birth defects..................................... After receiving unwanted advice from her roommate Jitty the 1850s circa ghost, Sarah and Tinkie begin making inquiries into the life of the ¿good soul¿ Doreen. They find the healer has been quite promiscuous as she provided heavenly love to financier Michael Anderson, televangelist Oren Weaver, and married Senator Thaddeus Clay. Each one prayed that the infant victim did not come from their seed. The case turns bizarre as other previous deaths seem linked and each of the lovers has plenty in their respective closet that could destroy them; the child would be one more nuke to someone¿s reputation.............................. This is an intriguing private investigative case that as the heroine finds a clue it spins concentrically away from resolving who killed Rebekah so that the audience wonders which of the three men or even Doreen committed the crime. Sarah is a delightful protagonist whose investigative abilities are much better than her male relationship skills. Though Jitty is supposed to provide amusing asides, the specter seems more like an unnecessary subplot that fails to augment the case while being a pain in the butt involving Sarah¿s personal life. Still, Carolyn Haines provides a delightful Big Easy who-done-it.......................... Harriet Klausner