A Gift of Bones

A Gift of Bones

Book - 2018
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Christmas comes to Zinnia, Mississippi--Sarah Booth Delaney must solve a case as the holiday approaches, in this new cozy mystery from Carolyn Haines.

Christmas is just around the corner and Sarah Booth and Tinkie are preparing for a festive holiday season. After a turbulent season of solving cases, they're ready for some holiday cheer. Sarah Booth and Sheriff Coleman Peters have finally gotten together, and this is the first holiday they're celebrating as a couple. Sarah Booth busies herself with decking the halls and daydreaming about romantic Christmas nights with Coleman.

Then her friend Cece Dee Falcon shows up needing Sarah Booth's help--right now. She shows Sarah Booth a box that was delivered by courier and left at Cece's front porch. It contains a lock of hair, a photograph of a pretty young woman, very pregnant, and a note demanding ransom for the return of the teen. Cece reveals that this is her cousin's daughter, Eve Falcon, and that she'd lost touch with this part of her family years ago. Eve and Cece had been close, until the family had a terrible falling out, and banished Cece from their lives. The countdown begins as the kidnapper pushes for payment--or else, he threatens, Eve will meet her maker. It's up to Sarah Booth and her friends to find the girl before something terrible happens on what should be the merriest day of the year.

Carolyn Haines's trademark humor and lovable characters are back, in a heartwarming Christmas story that will enchant and delight readers looking for a suspenseful mystery wrapped in joyful holiday merriment.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250193629
Branch Call Number: HAIN
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 17, 2019

I've read and enjoyed all the Sarah Booth Delaney books and while this one has a great story I am sorely disappointed in the writing, especially in the first half of A Gift of Bones. I found everything about the writing to be juvenile, from the dialogue to the plot holes, from the repetition to the atypical behavior of the a main characters. It almost feels as if someone other than Carolyn Haines wrote the first half then she picked it up and finished it off.

I understand (and often personally appreciate the reminders) that authors must inform new readers the back story of series books, but that pretty much was all that this was for a great part of the book. But, I am not referring to the longing and memories of Sarah Booth Delaney herself, which are poignant and well written.

Sadly, 3 stars, mid C (barely)

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