Book Review: A Gift of Bones by Carolyn Haines


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)

4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

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. **


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23 thoughts on “Book Review: A Gift of Bones by Carolyn Haines

    1. It really was! And thank you!! That’s what I love so much about this series is that they are so charming and heartwarming even though they are mysteries. I love holiday reads as long as they aren’t cheesy…does that make sense? I haven’t read any in a while. I read Hazel Gaynor’s Christmas book last year, but that was totally different and of course awesome! I need to read some to get in the holiday mood! My kids are complaining that I don’t even have Halloween decorations up and that’s my favorite holiday, but I’m just not feeling it…oh well! You too! ❤ xoxo

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      1. It was just a lovely book and of course made me cry. It’s always hard for me to pick Christmas books because I don’t know which author to pick. I always reread A Christmas Carol every year, but that’s just tradition. If you know of any good Christmas ones coming out, let me know! 🙂

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      2. It sounds great if it’s more WF than holiday fluff. And One Day in December (I’m not sure if you have had a chance to read yet) is more WF and not all that Christmasy but it has that holiday vibe since they celebrate a decades worth of holidays. It reminded me a bit of a holiday movie that I love but can’t remember the name of, haha! xoxo

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      3. It reminds me a bit like Love Actually, which I adore but I’m not sure why it reminds me of it. I guess just the vibe. Still a great book, and I need to write my review, ugh! Last week life just took front row…it happens! Definitely let me know! 🙂 xoxo

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  1. This sounds so good, Stephanie! I love that cover so much. I’m so excited to get my Christmas reads started. I just really hope I can find the time to get them all in. Glad you enjoyed this one and beautiful review! ❤ Take care. 🙂

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    1. Isn’t the cover great? I love all her covers! I need to find some good Christmas reads to get me in the mood, but I’m about to wrap up all but a handful of ARCS for the year (thank God because Oct has been insane) and want to read all the books that I planned on reading this year, well some, by the end of Dec! I have a huge list though!! Thanks so much! You too, my friend! ❤

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      1. Yes! I’m going to have to check out this author for sure. I have two Christmas books in my possession, but I really want to wait until at least November haha. I can’t wait to see what you end up reading. I just hope to fit everything in too! ☺❤

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      2. She’s a fun author. 🙂 I don’t think I have any! I already read the 2 holiday ARCs that I had, lol. Thanks! I hope they will be good reads! I hope we both fit everything in 🙂

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    1. It’s a great cozy Christmas read!! It is 19th in a series though so not such a great standalone, but it could be done if you really wanted. Thanks so much!! 😊


  2. I am definitely adding this one on my TBR especially with such a high rating and review from you! Now thinking about it, I think I first added this series to my wishlist because of you!❤💛❤ I hope you are healing well despite the weather change, my friend. *Gentle hugs* Oh and one question! Can this series be read out of order because I think I have one called Smarty Bones that I got from a library sale last year or am I just better off eventually reading them all together?😊 Either way, I know I have plenty eARCs that need to be read!😱 The struggle is hard.

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    1. You’ll love it, Dani! But read the series in order!! Yes, you added it to your TBR because of me, lol. I know! I had so many ARCS for Oct that I got behind and then my dad had a terrible accident and ended up in the hospital for a few days with head trauma, leg injury, and a cardiac event and no is having surgery this week so I’ll be MIA for a bit. I did get your email and am so sorry! I will answer as soon as I can!! Hugs! Take care! ❤ ❤


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