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Bonefire of the Vanities (Sarah Booth Delaney #12)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  916 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Despite the wishes of her overprotective fiancé, Sarah Booth Delaney can't give up her detective work, no matter how dangerous it becomes. It's too much a part of her. On this case, avoiding danger might be impossible—she's on the trail of a porn-star-turned-psychic operating from a haunted estate on the edge of town. Medium Sherry Cameron promises to reunite grieving fami ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Marjorie Littlefield - an immensely wealthy, older woman - is haunted by the death of her daughter Mariam many years ago. Marjorie is especially troubled because she suspects her son Chasley may have drowned his sister. Thus, Marjorie plans to leave her fortune to her cat Pluto.

Desperate to ask Mariam what really happened on the day she died Marjorie has fallen under the influence of Brandy and Sherry Westin, a mother-daughter duo who hold seances. During these Sherry supposedly contacts spirit
Seances, murders and a cat. Oh my!, July 26, 2012
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: Bonefire of the Vanities (Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries) (Hardcover)
This is my 12th book in the Carolyn Haines Bones series. Why do I continue reading every one of these books? Well...when they are so well written and more than interesting could I not continue reading them. This latest in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries was no exception.

Sarah Booth Delaney and her bff Tinkey (and partne
Sep 09, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathy by: Sarah Booth Delaney fans, Cozy mystery lovers
Sarah Booth Delaney never plans to put herself or those she loves in harms way. It just sort of happens. She has the best of intentions each time she takes on a case. If only her fiance Graf could understand that...or at least let her try to explain. Still, she can't wait around forever for Graf to come to his senses. She has bills to pay, a family home to care for, as well as a slough of animals that depend on her. So, when her friend Tammy Odom (aka Madame Tomeeka) comes tearing into Dahlia Ho ...more
Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
What I liked most: The creepy atmosphere. Confession – there are some parts in this book that really raised the little hairs on the back of my neck. I didn’t expect Carolyn Haines to creep me out with one of her cozy little Bones mysteries, but she never ceases to surprise me! Some of the happenings in the psychic reading room, located in the bellows of the resort, were really spooky. This particular scene gave me some serious goosebumps:

A soft moaning emanated from the end of the hallway. My mi
Mb Gokee
Apr 28, 2013 Mb Gokee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is book 12 of 14 in the Sarah Booth Delaney Detective Mystery series by Carolyn Haines. Sarah Booth and her friend, Tinkie, are hired to check into the well being of wealthy heiress, Marjorie Littlefield. Marjorie has entered into a cult like organization called Heart's Desire. Heart's Desire is a compound being run by con women, Sherry and Brandy Westin under the guise of making the world a better place and being a medium for the dead. Sarah Booth and Tinkie infiltrate the compound as maid ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite of the series so far, mostly because the humor was in full force, a little more than normal it seemed & there were ghosts too. I especially cracked up at the expressions Sarah Booth said, as in "St. Paul in a nun's habit!" Totally ridiculous, but so funny. Loved it when Jitty, the family ghost(always a favorite part of the books)showed up as women investigators a la Nancy Drew and Jessica Fletcher among others.

Deborah Whipp
Aug 01, 2016 Deborah Whipp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Booth and Tinkie go undercover as private maids to protect, Marjorie Littlefield, a wealthy woman who has turned herself over to an organization that promises to contact the dead for people. When they arrive they find they have reason for concern, the complex has more security than the white house and the staff is controlled with an iron fist. Marjorie is determined to contact her dead daughter even if it is the death of her. And Marjorie is not the only one who could be in danger. When on ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This series is getting better, more solid and interesting murders, better characters, and the Romance is picking up. A bit of something for everyone. There was also a political stream running throughout the book, but not enough to bother the storyline, in fact it added to it.

The humor. Oh the humor. I was laughing my head off on pages 260 thru 262. I had been caught by a good argument on pages 51 and page 262. I would tell you why, but, then you might not take the effort to find out for yourselv
Feb 19, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I have had the problem with many of the Sarah Booth Delaney novels where I can guess the culprit and motive right at the beginning, and then just hope the rest of the book proves me wrong. This book was in between. I knew aspects of the crime, but there were enough surprises to please me in the end. Not even close to my favorite of the series, but I enjoyed it pretty well.
❂ Jennifer
Jul 04, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Diabolical. I knew who the bad guys were, but the ending was not only a surprise, but truly clever, inspired and diabolical.

I truly love the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries, and obviously, this one did not disappoint. The characters feel like old friends and Zinnia, Mississippi someplace I once called home and visit from time to time, whenever Ms. Haines writes a new book. Sarah Booth and Tinkie make a great team, and the ongoing struggles between their chosen career and their respective loves is
Dharia Scarab
I'm done with series, just couldn't get into this book.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another boo
Bonnie McHenry
Carolyn Haines never let's me down with her Sarah Booth Delaney series! A great mixture of a loving friendship/co-workers relationship, a love for animals, a loyalty to family history, a great supporting cast of characters and a spooky plot grab me every time. Plus, a love story that, yes, has its ups and downs, but always finds a way through in the end. A few surprises centering around the solving of the mystery was a wonderful twist! More of Aunt Loulane's " one liner" words to live by just se ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, mystery
I am not sure if it is me or if it is the book, but I am getting a little tired of the antics in these books. It seems to be the same with all the books. Sarah Booth and Tinkie end up in some kind of mystery where they get hurt, their men get all up in arms and mad at them, but they just keep going on.

That is pretty much what happens in this one, only Graf and Oscar got tired of complaining on the sidelines and they take an active role. This just lead to more crazy antics. I liked that they got
Linda Faulkner
Mar 21, 2012 Linda Faulkner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bonefire of the Vanities, the 12th in Carolyn Haines‘ series about PI Sarah Booth Delaney, needs to be added to your summer reading list. It’s a clever, funny, adventurous mystery you won’t want to put down once you start reading. Chock full of entertainment, this novel’s focus is a religious cult’s attempt to bilk an elderly billionaire of her fortune … and the PI who masquerades as a maid in her attempt to put an end to the scam.

Filled with charlatans, spooks, murder, and plot that’s both ente
Jun 19, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of this series and always look forward to a new title. I especially liked this one as the plot essentially stayed in one physical location, an upscale think tank, complete with a medium who performs senances and of course a wealthly woman about to be deprived of her fortune by her son. Lots of twists and turns,two murders and Sheriff Coleman Peters to the rescue of Sarah Booth Delaney. Yes this is a fairly predictible series, but I love it for the fact that it takes place in Sunf ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to read this installment in the series. Such a well written book with an engaging plot line and well written fun characters. The book was hard to put down and I thought the ending was great. As always, love the animals who populate these pages. Just a fun read.
Mar 26, 2015 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ALWAYS irreverent and oft times ridiculous series is a guilty pleasure. Characters who are self-proclaimed daddy's girls could be difficult to identify with, but the hi-jinx that ensues when they are on a case is well worth the nonsense.
May 14, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: a friend who likes cozy mysteries
Took a few tries to get into the story, but once I finished the first few chapters, I was hooked. At times, I knew who did it... and then I was proven wrong. Cute murder mystery with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. Enjoyable!
Jacqui Ainsworth
Jan 01, 2016 Jacqui Ainsworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. It is well-written and fun with just enough paranormal to sass it up a bit. I found this one at the dollar store but I will be looking for more in this series.
Aug 12, 2014 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a lot of twists and turns in this novel, tweaking the imagination, allowing for possible multiple guilty parties, and ending with a satisfying conclusion. Overall, a very good read.
Jun 02, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series. This one wasn't the best but still interesting and well done. The characters are still quirky and fun but this one was a bit more dour. I have the next ones in the series and will have them on my list soon.
Gail Bonneau
Jul 17, 2012 Gail Bonneau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series is great fun and entertainment. The twelfth book, Bonefire of the Vanities, was so satisfying yet still left me craving for more. Carolyn Haines has produced another hit with suspense, humor, romance, and the further development of characters we have come to love. Sarah Booth and Tinkie embark on another adventure despite the challenges their not so enthusiastic men present. Their stay at the secret society called Heart's Desire is rift with spirits, danger ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this one up from the library based on the cover art :) I loved the voice the story was told in, but I had a hard time with parts of the plot.

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Aug 15, 2012 Ricki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Carolyn Haines, and I love this series! Every year I eagerly await the next chapter in the life of Sarah Booth Delany, her ghost Jitty, and her various friends and colleagues! 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 perso ...more
MJ Aristizabal
Jun 16, 2015 MJ Aristizabal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wish they would make a summer series tv show or a set of movies based on these books!!!
Mar 13, 2015 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Southern heritage at its best, or worst. Shelby Foote must be laughing.
Sep 19, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts out slow, but picks up. Sarah and Tinkie can get into all kinds of trouble and this story is no exception. Working as maids for a local friend, Marjorie, who is trying to contact her dead daughter at a compound called Hearts Desire. Everyone is under the impression that the 2 woman at Hearts Desire are trying their best to bilk Marjorie out of her money so Sarah and Tinkie go to help. Of course bodies start showing up and every one that Sarah and Tinkie know start to show up at the exclus ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading these Haines books because my life is stressful at the moment and I need a non-demanding distraction. These books are perfect.
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A native of Mississippi, Carolyn Haines is the author of over fifty books in multiple genres. She was 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.
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