Book Title and Author: Game of Bones by Carolyn Haines
Series: Sarah Booth Delaney #20
Publication Date and Publisher: May 14, 2019 by Minotaur Books
Genre: Fiction, Cozy Mystery
Pages: 384 pages
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Date Read: April 27 , 2019 (e-arc)
The next charming mystery from Carolyn Haines featuring spunky southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.
Dr. Frank Hafner is an archeologist working on excavating a new-found Native American temple site in the Mississippi Delta. He’s also too handsome for his own good, and a bit of a flirt. Oddly enough, it’s the first quality that gets him in trouble when he discovers the ritualistic murder of one of his archeological crew. When Coleman Peters, Sheriff and Sarah Booth’s boyfriend, takes Dr. Hafner in for questioning in the murder, the accused doctor hires Sarah Booth to clear his name.
Soon, Sarah Booth has uncovered a number of possible suspects, but she can’t narrow them down fast enough to stem the continuing violence that seems to trace back to Dr. Hafner’s dig. When Peter Deerstalker, a member of the Tunica tribe, mentions a curse, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched–especially when a young graduate student on the site claims someone on the site is searching for something much more precious than ancient pottery…
Something spooky is going on in the Mississippi Delta, and though Sarah Booth isn’t sure who to trust, or what to believe, she knows she won’t rest until she’s dug up the truth.
The “Sarah Booth Delaney” series by Carolyn Haines is my all-time favorite cozy mystery series and the only one that I’m still reading 20 books later! Why? Because Haines has created a fantastic, realistic world in Sunflower County, Mississippi with her wonderful writing style where the mysteries are intriguing, full of bewildering secrets, full of tension, are often dangerous, and the main characters are smart, sassy, determined, Southern women who solve their mysteries any way they need to while protecting their friends and loved ones.
In Game of Bones, an archaeological dig at a Native American site is also the site of a ritualistic style murder! Is one of the professors guilty or is something more sinister afoot? No worries, because Sarah Booth and Tinkie are on the case although this time it’s almost hard to tell what is going on with suspects appearing at almost every turn and creepy sightings at the burial site that makes even the most down to earth person wonder about curses, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night.
As always, I loved my time spent with Sarah Booth, Tinkie, Ceecee, Coleman, Jitty, and Sarah Booth and Tinkie’s assorted animal cohorts as they solve yet another mystery in Zinnia, MS! While Game of Bones might be Haines 20th book in the series, the story still feels fresh, creative, and intriguing, which isn’t something that I encounter with every series that I read. The characters are strong and vibrant and Haine’s plot is expertly executed. If you haven’t read any books in this series before, then there would be no problem reading this book as a standalone as Haines masterfully weaves the story in such a way that you’re not left feeling lost in the dark.
Whenever I pick up one of these books, I know that I’m not going to be able to put them down, and that was exactly the case with Game of Bones! It was a page-turning, intriguing, suspenseful, cozy mystery that had me guessing up till the end. It also pulled at my heartstrings and left me so happy that Haines left the door wide open for book 21-this is one series I hope never ends! Of course, I recommend this one!
**Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.**