Book Title and Author: A Gift of Bones by Carolyn Haines
Series: Sarah Booth Delaney #19
Publication Date and Publisher: October 16, 2018 by Minotaur Books
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Holiday-Christmas
Pages: 272 pages
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Date Read: October 14, 2018 (e-arc)
Christmas comes to Zinnia, Mississippi—Sarah Booth Delaney must solve a case as the holiday approaches…
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 has done it again with her latest installment, A Gift of Bones, book 19 in the “Sarah Booth Delaney” mystery series! I love this series so much and just loved this book!
Sarah Booth is finally in a relationship with Sheriff Coleman Peters when Cece Falcon, one of her closet friends comes to her for help. Her very pregnant cousin Eve has been kidnapped and Cece needs Sarah Booth and Tinkie’s help to find her before her baby is born, but she doesn’t want to involve the police. This puts Sarah Booth in a sticky situation since she’s going to help her friend but doesn’t want to jeopardize her relationship with Coleman. Still, she has to follow her heart and loyalty to her friends, especially since an unborn child’s life is in danger…
What ensues is a race to find and save Eve before it’s too late! Sarah and Tinkie are at the top of their game in this exciting mystery, and it was a novel that I couldn’t put down until the last page-turning twist. I loved the Christmas feel of the book and the ending made me feel like I was enjoying a white, family Christmas–one full of wonder and joy. The novel is not only about solving the mystery of Eve’s kidnapping, but it is, as always, about the friendships in Zinnia, the people who make this series so wonderful, and their relationships, which is one reason this is such a fabulous series!
Haines writes with such heart, warmth, and honesty that this southern girl always feels like I’m transported back home to Tennessee when I read her books. She’s been one of my favorite authors for over two decades, and A Gift of Bones just shows why as this cozy mystery transports you to the south for a tale of suspense and intrigue and also a warm, beautiful Christmas.
This is the perfect book to read while wrapped up in front of the fire with a mug of hot cocoa with your favorite holiday tunes quietly playing in the background! A Gift of Bones released on October 16, 2018, just in time for merry, holiday reading, so make sure you pick up this wonderfully festive, suspense-filled read!!
**Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books for an ARC copy to read and review in exchange for my fair and honest review. **