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Bones of a Feather: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery (Sarah Booth Delaney #11)

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Bones of a Feather

Carolyn Haines

A ruby necklace worth four million dollars appears to have been stolen, and its owners, Monica and Eleanor Levert—twin heirs of a wealthy Natchez clan—seem a bit too anxious to get their hands on the insurance money. It sounds a tad suspicious to Sarah Booth, who’s been asked to file a report, but she can’t be sure someone’s committing frau
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published June 21st 2011)
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I read through books very quickly, and knew that I wanted to save this for the beach, so I ordered it and sat on it until I was in the car headed to Florida. What a great treat it was.

I love Sarah Booth Delaney cozy mysteries, and I think that Carolyn Haines' stories get better with each one. This one takes place in Natchez, and it serves as a great backdrop to a fun, crazy, wild story.

Two sisters with a sordid, murky family history call Sarah Booth and Tinkie to investigate an insurance claim
I am a fan of this series and have read the entire series; this title, however, was a little slow for me in the first 100 pages, but then it did pick up the mystery angle. However, this title had alot of gothic overtones which I did not care for. Carolyn, please bring back more of the "southerness" of the Mississippi Delta in your next novel and when is that wonderful character of Sheriff Coleman Peters going to take a starring role in this series? I certainly miss the interaction between Colema ...more
As a Good Reads Giveaway winner I'm thrilled to be able to read/review this one! This was the second Sarah Booth book that I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed both and will definitely been looking for more of the series! "Bones of a Feather" is a fantastically enjoyable read! The story moves along, keeping the reader guessing right up to the very end with some unexpected twists along the way. As a huge fan of Janet Evanovich, I have to say that Sarah Booth is right up there with Stephanie Plum in ...more
Fun as usual! My favorite quote: Sarah Booth snubbing pedigree- "I was found floating in a rush basket on the MS River wearing a coat of many colors. I have prophetic dreams and I sense I was a priest in a past life. That's all I know."
Mary Alice

Fun, quick read! Love this whole series, and this one is just as great as the others.
I could see this one coming miles away. It was so simple that I started to come up with more complicated alternatives, then was disappointed that it was, indeed, what I expected. I was disturbed by both Sarah and Tinkie's insistence to involve the police or leave the case, but then changing their minds with one whimper from Eleanor. It didn't ring true with their actions on previous cases. Even with that said, the suspense and action was enough to keep me hooked throughout, and I still find myse ...more
L.K. Merideth
Very enjoyable, light entertainment. Great for planes, trains, automobiles or beach. The cover art was very good and complimented the storyline - which I found to be a sort of an adult hat-tip to the Nancy Drew series. Lots of literary bones thrown to famous chic lit of yore. Book was light-weight - printed on newsprint paper maybe? Anyway, very good for toting around. I'll come back to this series again. Fast cars, fast horses, missing jewels, a creepy house and troubled family history - great ...more

Let me begin by saying that I've read all the Sarah Booth Delaney books and intend to continue. This latest in Carolyn's Bones series was over the top excellent especially targeted for lovers of cozies, of which I'm one.

To give you a quick idea of what's hidden between the covers of this mystery book I will quote from Cece (Sarah's friend and reporter) on page 132:

"This case has everything, Sarah Booth. Stolen jewelry, a family of thieves and killers, a secret baby, a kidnapping, sexual miscon
Susan Obryan
The wait for another Sarah Booth Delaney adventure is finally over. Our favorite Southern grown-up version of a Nancy Drew is back in "Bones of a Feather" by Carolyn Haines.

If you've missed out on Sarah Booth Delaney's antics in any of the 10 previous "Bones" mysteries, let me fill you in. She lives in her family home, Dahlia House, in the Delta, talks to a "haint" named Jitty and plays detective with her best friend Tinkie Bellchase Richmond. This time Sarah Booth and Tinkie think they're getti
This is the latest mystery in a series involving some strong Southern themes: lingering feelings about the Civil War/War of Northern Aggression, the importance of geography, and the Daddy’s Girl (DG) mentality. Add to this, endearing relationships among family and friends, a ‘haint that appears in costume and character to the principal character to act as her moral compass or worse, and the conflict between personal and professional responsibilities, and this mystery becomes very entertaining re ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was read in almost one sitting. I did stop to prepare and eat dinner as I'm sure Sarah Booth would have approved.

Private Investigators, Sarah Booth Delaney and Tinkie Bellcase Richmond have recovered from their last crime case and have healed their romantic relationships, that were cracking due to the ladies getting in dangerous and life threatening situations. What this means is a bit of boredom for both.

Along comes a telephone call with a simple insurance claim validation case. Surel
I won this book through firstreads. I'm always up for a good mystery novel, and this book is no exception. This is the first book I've read by this author, so I was a little confused when "Jitty" appeared right away in the novel. Apparently she is a haint, or ghost. I wasn't really sure why she was in the book or what significance she had, other than making the main character Sarah Booth look a little nuts when she talks to Jitty, since no one else can see her. Without giving too much away, this ...more
Oh, how I love this series!! Sarah Booth and Tinkie are some of my favorite ladies in the book world. Smart, funny, resourceful and feisty. They take on the stolen insurance case for the Leverts even though they've promised their significant others that they will be more careful with their cases. It seems innocuous enough at the beginning, but everything begins to escalate with the abduction of one of the sisters.

There is a serious Gothic texture to this, the eleventh outing for Sarah Booth and
4 1/2 stars. Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie, have taken on an easy case. They will investigate and report on the apparent theft of a necklace stolen from the Levert sisters of Nachez. The insurance company is suspicious and the Levert family is notorious in Natchez. But nothing is simple about these twin sisters and Sarah Booth and Tinkie are soon involved in a kidnapping investigation. Soon they are in way over their heads and find themselves drowning a miasma of lies and deception ...more
I enjoyed this installment of the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries much more than the last few. There was much less focus on Sarah Booth's personal life and surprise! there was a real mystery to be solved by Sarah Booth, Tinkie and Cece.

The mystery revolving around the Levert twins and their missing $4 million dollar necklace seems cut and dried at first, but soon Sarah Booth and Tinkie (along with their faithful canine companions, Sweetie Pie and Chablis) are involved in something much more sinis
Sarah Booth is a Mississippi "Daddy's Girl" owning an old crumbling mansion, a sexy fiance in Hollywood, a best friend/business partner in an private investigator's business, and very little common sense to go with her endearing qualities. Oh, and don't forget her ghost, Jitty. Please do read these in order. The series' charm lies in the relationships and the atmosphere.

This was possibily the weakest of the lot, as the intrepid pair tries to verify the theft of a valuable necklace. Of course, t
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Another clever mystery and a great, fun read! I only wish these books had fewer typos- particularly since they're the kind of misspellings that change one word into another and detract from the whole context of the sentence, i.e. "the sun was as yellow as a hard-cooked yoke..."
Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner Tinkie are hired by the beautiful, wealthy Levart sisters to convince the insurance company that their historic ruby necklace really was stolen. Soon, though, Monica is kidnapped, and her identical twin Eleanor demands Sarah's help in dealing with the ransom. Reluctant though Sarah is to do anything that will endanger Tinkie, or herself, she is drawn into the dysfunctional doings of Natchez society and of the Levart family, all the way back to the criminal fou ...more
Oh how I love Sarah Booth! I can not wait for the next new book and everytime I get one, I am engulfed in reading it!!! This one was no exception. A new mystery, new characters to love, hate and lust (Mmmmm...wait til you read about Barclay). And of course our favorite characters as well, Sarah Booth, Tinky, Oscar, Chablis, Sweetie Pie, Jitty (Sarah Booth's very own ghost, Graff and Coleman. I swear...when will Sarah Booth not need Coleman to save the day or realize she still loves him and their ...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I genuinely enjoy this series - one of my favourites. The mystery in this book was a good one with lots of tangles and twists. But I prefer the mysteries that take place in Zinnia with the usual cast of characters playing more prominent roles. And while I appreciate the dilemma Sarah Booth and Tinkie find themselves in with their significant others, I'd prefer it get sorted out so they can go forward without the guilt trips. :) Still a very engrossing novel and I'm looking forward to more from M ...more
Lynne Wesenberg
I was lucky enough to get this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I have read all of the Sarah Booth Delaney books and this one, just like all the others, does not disappoint. It keeps with the twists and turns right to the very end. It was hard to put it down! Sarah Booth and Tinkie are such wonderful characters and you just have to love their dogs. And getting to know the town of Natchez, MS was another delightful part of this book. It definitely makes you want to visit. I am already looking forwar ...more
Terri Arredondo
Private investigator, Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond take on a case for a $4 million dollar necklace that is stolen from two sisters, Eleanor and Monica Levert. They are the heiresses of Briarwood mansion in Natchez that was built on blood money. The heiresses are despised and excluded from Natchez high society, so everyone is a suspect. There are a lot of twists and turns. A simple insurance claim turns into kidnapping and murder. I liked this book the best from t ...more
I am not sure if it is me or the books, but the antics of Sarah Booth and Tinkie are getting to be over the top, Lucy and Ethel worthy. In each case they take they almost die, get saved by their dogs, talk incessantly about how their men are going to kill them for their actions, and Coleman is there to save them at the end. All of which happened in this book, along with a very dysfunctional rich Southern family. While this book was a quick read I was bored while reading it.
Bonnie McHenry
Ok, so you have a stolen ruby necklace, the legend of a very despicable man, a scary/haunted house, a ghost riding on a black horse in the middle of the night, a cliff where many deaths have occurred, and a long list of "who done its"!!!!! Scary, entertaining and had me jumping from one character to the other thinking they were in on the scam. I loved it!! Plus, with lines like this..."He was hotter than Chinese mustard on an August day." How could you go wrong!!
Summer Hedrick
You just can't get enough of Sarah Booth and Tinkie! This time they are asked to investigate what is strictly suppose to be an insurance case. Oh course you know it can't be that easy!

This book really blew me away. Even though I had my guesses at who was doing the bad deeds, I never thought of it as the way it ended. Carolyn is going to give me anxiety problems with all of this suspense, but I love EVERY page of it!
I did like the twists and turns in the book. I was consistently trying to figure out what is going on, who is lying and who is telling the truth. However, each book tries to up the ante in the danger or craziness. Each tale does not have to be some crazy look at how much trouble Tinkie and Sarah Booth can get in. I think Haines needs to go back to the beginning and reread her first books. That is what I miss.
This fun romp continues a theme of taking Sarah Booth out of her hometown, this time chasing a necklace.

In Natchez, a ruby necklace has gone missing, as has one half of its owners, one of a set of twins.

Although the identity of the villain seemed pretty straightforward, there were surprises in plenty, and I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, especially the introduction of Roscoe.

I probably wouldn't give this quite 4 stars but since it's one of my favorite series I will. I think this one's better than the last 2-3 but the first several books in the series are the best. The main character, Sarah Booth Delaney & her friend, Tinkie are a hoot. I love the southern charm of these stories. These should be read in order to establish the background story.
One of those fun, easy reads for when you don't want anything heavy or deep. Found this book on the "New Arrival" shelf at the library, so have not read any of the earlier books in this series. I seem to be gravitating toward Southern mysteries with female leads. This one takes place in Natchez, Mississippi.
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A native of Mississippi, Carolyn Haines is the author of over fifty books in multiple genres. She was recently named the 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award and is the recipient of the 2009 Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence.

Haines teaches fiction writing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Active in animal rescue, she has twenty-one "critters" —horses, dogs and cats.
More about Carolyn Haines...
Them Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #1) Buried Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #2) Crossed Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #4) Splintered Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #3) Bones To Pick (Sarah Booth Delaney, #6)

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