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Bones To Pick (Sarah Booth Delaney #6)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  1,559 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Wickedly witty and full of more dirt than a debutante's diary, the mysteries of Carolyn Haines bring the southern Delta to roaring, rollicking life...

Intrepid P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney has been known to single-handedly save her family's Mississippi plantation, converse with Dahlia House's ghost, and capture a killer or two. But when a local girl is found dead in a cotton

Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Kensington (first published November 30th 2005)
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Anne Hawn Smith
Nov 06, 2009 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it
This is my first by this author, and I really enjoyed it. It's hard to separate my feelings for the Mississippi of my childhood pleasures from the actual book, so my rating may be a combination of nostalgia as well as the quality of the book. I did enjoy the use of the spectral. Jitty as a companion of the main character. I thought it was well done...not too ghostly and all knowing, but enough to add spice to the mystery. I'll be reading more of this author.
❂ Jennifer
Jun 02, 2011 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
I thought this was another great book in a great series - one of those series I would like to 'upgrade' to Hardcover eventually. I was pleased by the ending of the book and even though I'd guessed whodunnit early I was so wrapped up in the story itself I didn't care at all. I have to say though that having read the synopsis of the upcoming books, and not seeing mention a relationship I've starting cheering for, I'm hesitant to keep going with the series. I get so wrapped up in the lives of the c ...more
I felt the need of something light and fluffy to read as an antidote to the winter doldrums. There's not much that is lighter or fluffier than Carolyn Haines' Southern Belle mystery series. I have been occasionally reading the entries in this series for a while, maybe one or two a year, and so I decided to grab the next one, Bones To Pick, and settle down for a cozy reading experience.

Sarah Booth Delaney had failed in her attempts to break into the acting profession in New York and had returned
Nov 05, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it
Virgie Carrington has run Carrington House to educate ladies to be prim young ladies - to be the perfect wives & contributors to a stable society... she is in her sixtys now, and ....

Quentin and Allison are two of the young ladies who attended her school, and they did n't quite fit the bill of Virgie's standards... Quentin & Allison are planning to marry, and Quentin has published a book that spills the secrets of the higher class - many of whom also attended Carrington House... and Quen
Apr 15, 2010 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Hawt Dayum! This is such a good series. And I've only read two of them! Now there's a whole lot that's happened between book one, THEM BONES (my review), and book 6, so I will be going back to catch up. I meant to read the series in order, but this one popped up on my wishlist on RecordedBooks and I couldn't wait to spend time with Sarah Booth and her buddy Tinkie and the rest of the crowd.
I adore Sarah Booth. She calls it as she sees it, recognizes a bitch when she sees one and is ready to hel
Dec 31, 2015 Georgette rated it it was amazing
Oh the books in the Southern Belle Mystery Series just get better and better. The plots well developed and honestly, I find that I drag out my reading of these books because they are so enjoyable.
Sarah Booth Delaney is the protagonist of this series along with her BFF's Tinkie(now a co partner in SBD's Private Investigator business and CeCe the local gossip columnist for the town newspaper. These lifelong friends form the troika of solving whodunits wherever it takes them, in this case the one o
Jun 30, 2010 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Two Southern women have their own PI agency,when then are dragged into murder investigation. The sexy brother of the women thought to be the killer hires them ti find the real killer. He has a lusty heart and a wicked gifting mind for one of the ladies. Some funny gift's and moments here, he is my favorite character. There are twists and turn everywhere, along with death and danger.
Sep 08, 2016 Ann rated it liked it
This series is a little silly but is entertaining in its own way. Sarah Booth Delaney and her friend and partner Tinky are investigating when a woman's body is found in a cotton field face down in the mud. The murdered woman's lover, Allison, is arrested and in jail for the killing and has asked Sarah and Tinky to find out who really killed Quinton. Sarah is pining over the loss of her love affair with the sheriff and Tinky is having problems at home also. The story is good but a little surfluou ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Esther rated it liked it
This one was better than the other one I read from this series. There was an actual murder this time, which was good. Sarah Booth is a decent character, which is also good. The land itself comes through very strongly, and that is very nice to read. But the business with Coleman Peters is just weird, and I am still not certain how I feel about Jitty the haint. I think part of the problem is that there are too many characters who are supposed to be major ones, but we don't see them, we listen to S ...more
Kristi Lamont
Jun 08, 2016 Kristi Lamont rated it liked it
Normally I never skip a book in a series, but to read in order I was going to have to wait until someone returned Hallowed Bones to the library, maybe as late as June 23. Yes, sometimes I pay for ebooks or buy a book used from the library bookstore, but I'm just not that committed this time. Also, these books are floofledy enough, and the ongoing storylines SO slow-moving, that I knew my reading enjoyment wasn't going to suffer by going on and then returning to No. 5 later. Glad to see plausible ...more
May 24, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
This book might be my favorite Sarah Booth Delaney mystery so far. I breezed through this one in a week or so. I am truly enjoying Ms. Haines' character-building. Although it's the sixth book in the series, I still feel like I am getting to know the characters--in a good way--like those friends you've have forever, but still occasionally manage to surprise you. I also feel like the main character is growing and changing and time moves goes on and you find yourself really routing for her, wanting ...more
Bonnie McHenry
Very interesting twists with this story! Love Sarah Booth's dedication to her partner and best friend Tinkie. The honesty of their friendship is tender and so real. I love Sarah Booth's attachment and devotion to her family plantation, Dahlia house. You really get the sense of her love for her family home when she goes riding with her faithful horse throught the cotton fields and when she roams through the grounds with her ghost of a sidekick Jitty. The descriptions of the land along with her re ...more
Ashley Andrews
Jul 10, 2014 Ashley Andrews rated it really liked it
I like it so far...recommended by a B&N employee. I was skeptical because I have bad luck picking mysteries. I prefer this over a thriller because it isn't violent or crude, just good fun. The characters are well developed, and now that I am 2/3 of the way in, I am enjoying how the author keeps dropping hints, very convincingly, and keeps you guessing. I'm expecting to be surprised up to the very end. Must go...and see how she solves the case!!!
Dec 10, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: book club, fiction, mystery, cozy mystery
The 6th in the Mississippi Delta mystery series, a young lady has been brutally murdered and there as almost too many suspects. The young lady wrote a "tell all" book so every daddys girl in town has a reason to want her dead.

Sarah Booth laments her love for Coleman, as he has been elusive lately, staying out of town. His wife is mentally unbalanced and pregnant and Sara Booth knows that she needs to let him go, but he has her heart. Tinkie has issues of her own, as her friends and family are pr
Aug 28, 2014 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Booth Delaney and her circle of friends are it again, in this case dealing with a terminal case of prejudice and greed, where a young woman is murdered and the investigation appears to be stalled, mainly due to her lifestyle.

Overall, an excellent continuation of this series.
Mar 16, 2014 Brenda rated it liked it
Apparently, I liked some of the later books in this series, but I just couldn't get into this one. I read the first part, then skipped to the end. I'm not sure if it was my mood, or if the books did get better later on.
Emily Von pfahl
Feb 11, 2016 Emily Von pfahl rated it really liked it
While I suspected the person who turned out to be the murderer, there was enough doubt and misdirection to leave me guessing until Sarah Booth puts it all together. Another fun installment in this enjoyable series.
Angelique Carlson
Dec 28, 2014 Angelique Carlson rated it it was amazing
I love the charm of this Southern Detective series. Finally, we get some movement in the romance department for Sarah Booth. I can't wait to read the next installment. Haines makes you want to take a southern journey.
Anita Sellers
Aug 15, 2015 Anita Sellers rated it it was amazing
Well done. I am loving all the characters in this book. There were some laugh out loud moments in this book and I love the twists and turns. This is becoming another one of my favorite book series to read. I am going to start reading the next book right away.
The second I picked this up I should have known it was part of a series. Would it kill people to stick a "#6" somewhere on these things so I know what I'm getting into? Regardless, I didn't find this book as interesting as the description, which made me want to read it in the first place. I felt like the story fell a little flat, but that could have easily been because I was expected as a reader to already be familiar with the characters and setting. I wanted more character development, more exp ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Roxann rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 6th in the Mississippi Delta mystery series (of course it’s the only one I have read), a young lady writes a ‘tell all’ book and is found brutally murdered and there as almost too many suspects.

Sarah Booth is the main character and quite likeable. Besides helping to solve the crime she is dealing with her love, Coleman, being gone. He is married to a woman who is ‘crazy’ and says she’s pregnant with his baby. Also her friend Tinkie has a lump that she is refusing to have checked. Th
Feb 23, 2008 Kellie rated it really liked it
#6 of the Sarah Booth series- This was an interesting mystery. This is the first book of this series I have read. It wasn’t bad. The main characters are Tinkie and Sarah Booth. They are PI’s and in this book they are trying to prove innocence. Allison has been accused of murdering her lesbian lover, Quinten. Tinkie and Sarah are trying to find the real killer. The mystery is unraveled along with the personal lives of Tinkie and Sarah. The writing style is witty and fun with southern flair. I enj ...more
Clyde Ruth
Feb 10, 2016 Clyde Ruth rated it liked it
good, cozy mystery! I want to read more in the series
Jan 19, 2016 Liz added it
I seem to be getting picky about my audiobooks. I started this mystery on CD and just couldn't listen to it any longer. The reader seemed fine and the story was okay. Maybe I had trouble listening because I had already solved the crime. For whatever reason, I finished this book by reading it.

Sarah Booth Delaney solves crimes in Mississippi and she seems to do it well. I just don't care enough to ever visit again. I am sure that Carolyn Haines is a good author, but I never felt involved in this s
Aug 01, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing
MJ Aristizabal
Jun 16, 2015 MJ Aristizabal rated it it was amazing
While interesting this book can also be frustrating at times. Not mine favorite but for a light mystery it is preety nice
Meg Mims
Jul 10, 2008 Meg Mims rated it really liked it
The minute I saw the cover, which is totally different from the earlier books, and read the "If you like Janet Evanovich and The Ya-Ya Sisterhood" or whatever it said, *I* said, "Uh oh." And it shows. Haines's mystery series was strong -- until now. Sarah Booth keeps moaning about the same things, the ghost has nothing much to offer new, her friend Tinkie acts so totally out of character -- and I think it's time for the author to mercifully put an end to this series.
Oct 14, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
Cute as always - only in the South is it conceivable to have a murderer preying on lapsed debutantes for social infractions. In any event, it's always a pleasure to go on a journey with Sarah Booth and Tinkie (and Jitty), though this was not my favorite - at a certain point in a series it's necessary to flesh out the characters a little more, which is what is really going on in this book, but what I've enjoyed most about this series is that they are decidedly fluffy.
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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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