Rock-a-Bye Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 16th book in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, May 2016
Sarah Booth Delaney knows the perfect way to begin recovering from both the recent attack on Scott Hampton’s blues club and her broken heart. She’s going to host a Thanksgiving feast for all of her friends at her ancestral home in Zinnia, Mississippi. But one bitterly cold night with the holiday just around the corner, Sarah Booth awakens to the insistent ring of her doorbell. She opens the door to find a newborn baby in a basket sitting on her front porch. . .and a pool of blood slowly seeping out from the basket. Before she can respond, an engine guns and a dark vehicle takes off.
After the police and a doctor ensure the baby is otherwise safe and healthy, Sarah Booth calls Tinkie Richmond, her partner at the Delaney Detective Agency. They know they need to do everything they can to find the baby’s mother. . .even if they are starting to fall in love with the baby themselves. But as they track the baby’s mother, Sarah Booth soon begins to suspect the woman might have been in danger; in fact, she might have been running for her life. And following in the woman’s footsteps, Sarah Booth might find her own life on the line next.
Carolyn once again delivers an exceptionally delightful drama where all emotions were evoked in the telling of this story. A mother’s love is tested when Tinkie becomes a surrogate, this while trying to find the birth mother and the woman that is bent on destroying Sarah Booth. The author did a great job in pulling in all the characters who played pivotal roles throughout this tale. The narrative was so powerful, I could not put this book down until I knew how this was going to end and as always we learn more and more about the strength of these two women who simply steal every scene in which they take part in. This was an awesome read and I can’t wait to see where we go next. I know what I want. . .Sarah Booth to pick Coleman and Tinkie and Oscar to adopt.