Bone Appetit by Carolyn Haines is the 10th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, June 2010

For years Jitty, Dahlia House’s resident ghost, has dreamed that her Southern descendant PI Sarah Booth Delaney would have a child to keep her ancestral home in the family. Sarah Booth has always had a lot on her plate, from her work as an investigator and her dream to be an actress, not to mention her quest to find the right man. But when Jitty’s dream finally looks like it’s going to come true, they’re both crushed when it doesn’t. Sarah Booth is shocked to find herself overwhelmingly depressed, until her best friend, Tinkie, convinces her to come away for a luxurious week at a posh spa and cooking school to rest and heal.

The much-needed pampering and exquisite food go a long way toward making her feel like her old self, but it’s the women who are in the midst of a beauty pageant/cook-off to be the next spokesperson for the spa’s parent company who really take her mind off her owes. Sarah finds the backbiting to be great fun—until the heated competition boils over, the top contender is poisoned, and the number-one suspect hires Sarah Booth to clear her name.

Between swimsuit competitions and souffles, Sarah Booth Delaney finds herself embroiled in an even juicier murder in Bone Appetit, the latest in Carolyn Haines’ delightfully Southern cozy mystery series.

Carolyn Haines’ series gets better with each book she writes. Tinkie and Sarah Booth travel to Greenwood for a little pampering, relaxation and cooking lessons. They happened upon a pageant when tragedy strikes and they are asked for help in clearing one of the contestants. Lost child, lost dreams and lost love all take over this amazing story that kept me turning the pages. This book brings you into Sarah Booth’s world and you wish you can stay with her men, dogs and friends. I look forward to reading the next book in this captivating tale. My rating: 5 stars

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