Them Bones by Carolyn Haines (1999, #1 Sarah Booth Delaney series): Book Review

Them Bones by Carolyn Haines (1999, #1 Sarah Booth Delaney series): Book ReviewAuthor: Carolyn Haines
Title: Them Bones
Series: Sarah Booth Delaney #1
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Pages: 336
Release Date: 2009-01-21
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
If only I hadn't kidnapped the dog...but the ransom paid the mortgage....Now I seem to be a private eye....I shouldn't have listened to that ghost....Meet Sarah Booth Delaney...an unconventional Southern belle whose knack for uncovering the truth is about to make her the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi...if it doesn't make her the deadest.No self-respecting lady would allow herself to end up in Sarah Booth's situation. Unwed, unemployed, and over thirty, she's flat broke and about to lose the family plantation. Not to mention being haunted by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny, who never misses an opportunity to remind her of her sorry state--or to suggest a plan of action, like ransoming her friend's prize pooch to raise some cash.But soon Sarah Booth's walk on the criminal side leads her deeper into unladylike territory, and she's hired to solve a murder. Did gorgeous, landed Hamilton Garrett V really kill his mother twenty years ago? And if so, what is Sarah Booth doing falling for this possible murderer? When she asks one too many questions and a new corpse turns up, she is suddenly a suspect herself...and Sarah Booth finds that digging up the bones of the past could leave her rolling over in her grave.From the Paperback edition.
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four-stars

 

While Them Bones is an older book, I wanted to read it because the series sounded so interesting. This is an ongoing series; the most recent addition Booty Bones was published in May of this year, and another book will be coming out in 2015.

Sarah Booth Delaney was a hard character for me to relate to and like. She tries to be all proper and goody-two-shoes, but she makes bad decisions and she’s too concerned with what people think.

She’s also obsessed with her womb. When most women would equate sexual arousal with other parts of their body, Sarah talks about the effects on her womb. A lot. I understand the idea behind it–Sarah’s biological clock is ticking–but I don’t think that every turn-on should make her think about it. Can’t someone be turned on without automatically making it about motherhood?

One of the most off-putting things about Sarah is that she becomes a criminal without hesitation just because her ghost friend suggests it. She wasn’t even that desperate at that point because she hadn’t learned yet that there was someone wanting to buy her house. I didn’t understand how she went from high-society girl to criminal without batting her eyelashes. Plus, she never seems truly remorse about deceiving her friend.

It’s pretty bad when you’re glad the main character doesn’t end up with either romantic interest. That just shows how much I didn’t like her.

I expected this book to be more paranormal than it was. The only thing in it was a ghost who talks to Sarah.

The mystery was sound and not too predictable. I never get the feeling, though, that Sarah is in serious danger. There isn’t much suspense, and thus, not much to keep me interested in what happens to Sarah.

Would I recommend this book? I’m not sure if I will read any more books in the Sarah Booth Delaney series. Carolyn Haines is a good writer and, as I said, the mystery was good. On the other hand, I am uncertain if Sarah Booth Delaney would ever grow on me.

Despite my feelings about the main character, I would still advise people to give Them Bones a try. Not everyone is going to feel the same way about her. Even if they didn’t like her, they would probably be entertained by Jitty the ghost and the overall mystery.

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