Too much kwledge can be deadly for P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney in her latest undertaking in Smarty Bones, the thirteenth vel in Carolyn Haines's award-winning mystery series. Professor Olive Twist has come to Zinnia, Mississippi, to study a mysterious grave wherein lies the Lady in Red, an anymous but perfectly preserved and stunningly beautiful body. Since the discovery of the grave in 1969, Mississippi schoolchildren have been making up colorful stories about the Lady in Red's identity and past, but one has come any closer to learning the truth. Now, Olive claims she can t 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. Delightfully fun. --New York PostDander up, Zinnia's society ladies kw only one way to handle Olive: they call on the private investigative services of Sarah Booth Delaney. But the truth behind Olive's research is clear as Mississippi mud, and when Sarah Booth discovers a present-day dead body, she kws 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. If you enjoy mysteries with rich Southern settings, fascinating history, and quirky characters, you'll devour this one quicker than a plate full of buttermilk biscuits. --Mystery Scene magazine
Carolyn Haines is the author of thirteen Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries. She is the recipient of both the Harper Lee Distinguished Writing Award and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats, and horses than she can possibly keep track of.
Date of Publication
Paperback / softback
Crime, Thriller & Adventure
Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries
Country of Publication
Mass market (rack) paperback,Unsewn / adhesive bound