Thursday, May 14, 2020

Review for The Devil's Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney #21) by Carolyn Haines

The Devil's Bones

publication: May 12th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Spunky southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney tackles a thorny murder while away on a girls' weekend.

Sarah Booth and Cece are in Lucedale, Mississippi, where the newly-pregnant Tinkie is treating her friends to a girls' weekend at the fabulous new Bexley B&B. The facials, organics, food, and fitness coaches are supposed to be phenomenal, but Tinkie's primary aim is to attend the Sunrise Easter Services at the incredible Palestinian Gardens, a miniature Holy Land that spreads over 20 acres and has recreations of all parts of Jerusalem—and to speak with the Biblical scholar, gardener, and creator of the Palestinian Garden Daniel Reynolds.

After waking up at the crack of dawn for the service the three friends wander around the gardens, taking in the wonder of entire cities in miniature and the acres of the Holy Land, with the River Jordan winding through it all. The day is brightening when the find themselves at the Mount of Olives—with a dead body.

Daniel identifies the dead man as local lawyer Perry Slay, who was well known for his sly and underhanded dealings, and had plenty of people out for his blood. When Erick Ward, a local pharmacist, is arrested, Sarah Booth takes the case.

As the bodies pile up like a pillar of salt and the suspect list grows as long as the River Jordan, Sarah Booth, Cece, and Tinkie must resurrect the truth before their own lives—and that of Tinkie's unborn child—are endangered. 

My Thoughts…

Holy smokes, what else can go wrong for these three ladies?   They run a PI business, go on a girls retreat and find dead bodies, poisoned people, get shot at, and are hired by a man with so many secrets that you can’t keep them all straight.  

The Devil’s Bones was fun to read.   The story had me smiling and laughing all while trying to figure out exactly who the bad guy was.    I had to change my guess a couple times, but the story did not require me to think hard.  It was easy to figure out who was who, and who was not what they seemed.   I liked that the characters had fun, enjoyed life, and were true to their friendships. 

This is the first book I have read in the series, although it is #21, and it was easy to know what was happening.   I feel like there may have been a couple back stories that would have helped me catch on a little quicker, but I still liked what I was reading.  I may go back and read some of the first books, but I know that I will be looking for book #22 and on so that I can keep on these crazy fun ladies.

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