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Sticks and Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery    by Carolyn Haines order for
Sticks and Bones
by Carolyn Haines
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St. Martin's, 2018 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Carolyn Haines' Sticks and Bones is all about skeletons in closets - and those who want to keep them there. The story opens on a lavish Winter Garden New Year's Eve Party at the Prince Albert Hotel in Zinnia, Mississippi. As always in this series, ghost Jitty steals the show.

A good time is had by all until Tinkie's old nemesis, Frangelica 'Sister' McFee, shows up. Still arrogant and cruel, Sister has become a bestselling author, her latest book a memoir about the deaths of her mother and brother years before - the father insisted that Son (a drug user) had killed his own mother and then himself, but Son's body was never found. A film is in the works, and the movie dierctor hires Sarah Booth and her partner Tinkie to 'find out what really happened.'

Of course we know they will but it's the entertaining journey we all love in these tales, not the destination. The psychic whom Sarah Booth consults gives her a message from the dead mother ... 'Save Son.' She and Tinkie break and enter a mansion. They're shot at. But they solve more than one cold case and Sarah Booth's love life develops nicely, to Jitty's delight. It's all over the top, but fun to the last page.

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