smarty bonesSmarty Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 13th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” m0ystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, May 2013

Professor Olive Twist has come to Zinnia, Mississippi to study a mysterious grave wherein lies the Lady in Red, a perfectly preserved and stunningly beautiful but unnamed and unclaimed body. Olive claims she can not only identify the corpse, she can also prove the woman’s scandalous role in the nation’s history. Olive takes it a step too far, though, when she starts connecting elite Zinnia families with the same scandal.

Dander up, Zinnia’s society ladies know only one way to handle Olive: they call on the private investigative services of Sarah Booth Delaney. But Olive’s real agenda is clear as Mississippi mud, and when Sarah Booth discovers a present-day dead body, she knows there’s more than just family pride and Southern heritage at stake. If she can’t find the murderer and fast, it might just be Sarah Booth’s life on the line next.

Carolyn Haines pulls out all the stops in Smarty Bones, the next charming, sassy, Southern-fried Sarah Booth Delaney mystery.

Oh man, what an amazing read that kept me riveted to the pages from beginning to an ending that brings possibilities. The author did a great job in developing this story and keeping me in suspense as Sarah gets close to identifying those responsible. The whole gang is here and with Sarah leading the way, this is one of the best books in this charmingly wonderful series.

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