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Them Bones by Carolyn Haines
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Jan 09, 11

bookshelves: a-mystery-for-every-state-project, fiction, mysteries, books-set-in-mississippi
Read in November, 2010

I continue my project of reading a mystery set in every state. The
other requirement is that it be by an author I haven't read before. I
chose the first in Carolyn Haines' series set in the Mississippi
Delta, THEM BONES. What an enjoyable book, and it also reinforced my
understanding that every region of our country (and our world) has its
beauty and those who love it, even if that place sounds like hell on
earth to me! (I don't like heat and humidity.) Actually, THEM BONES is
set about this time of year, when the Delta sounds quite pleasant to
this unregenerate Yankee. Protagonist Sarah Booth Delaney is broke,
the last of her line, and trying to hold on to the family plantation.
She's tried life elsewhere, but she really loves her home even as she
can see the problems in the culture in which she was raised.
Complications for Sarah Booth include Jitty, the ghost of her
great-grandma's nanny, who keeps showing up to give her advice -- some
good, some not so good. There is a touch of Southern Gothic to the
plot, a little romance, and a lot of local color. This is exactly the
kind of book I was looking for when I began this project, and I will
certainly keep reading this series, which I'm happy to see continues
to this day.
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message 1: by Judy (new)

Judy Nikki, I like the idea of your project to read a mystery set in every state. Do you have a list you are working from? If so, I would love to see it.


Nikki Judy wrote: "Nikki, I like the idea of your project to read a mystery set in every state. Do you have a list you are working from? If so, I would love to see it."
I use the lists on www.stopyourekillingme.com and www.wheredunnit.com, and my other requirement is that the author be one I haven't read before. I also try to choose locales that I haven't "visited" much -- for instance the next state will be Missouri, and I've already read some St. Louis-set books and Rett McPherson's books, so I'm looking for something either from Kansas City or the Ozarks.


message 3: by Melody (new) - added it

Melody Thanks for the list Nikki! I appreciate it!


message 4: by Judy (new)

Judy Thanks!


Lindsay What a great idea! I may try that too!


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