A Gift of Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #19)
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.

A Gift of Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #19) Details

TitleA Gift of Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #19)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250193629
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Cozy Mystery

A Gift of Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney, #19) Review

  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 p 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! A Gift of Bones comes out 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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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    A Gift of Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 19th book in the Sarah Booth Delaney series, and I loved it!! I love the whole series, please keep them coming. Not only is this book really funny at times, it can also be emotional because I feel like I know Sarah Booth and the other main characters. As always A Gift of Bones is a great mystery with romance thrown in, Sarah Booth has she finally made her choice. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a A Gift of Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 19th book in the Sarah Booth Delaney series, and I loved it!! I love the whole series, please keep them coming. Not only is this book really funny at times, it can also be emotional because I feel like I know Sarah Booth and the other main characters. As always A Gift of Bones is a great mystery with romance thrown in, Sarah Booth has she finally made her choice. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries with a little bit of everything, I strongly recommend this book/series.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Barbara Hackel
    January 1, 1970
    I like to enter the world of Zinnia and the Delta where time has stood still in many ways. Although crime and murder have come to the small town, it is still a place where people know one another, and even your immediate ancestors. So it isn't a stretch to believe that someone would contact a stranger and not only know that person's secrets, but those of the family as well. In this genteel society there are those that have always had the public eye, and not always in a positive way.When CeCe (fo I like to enter the world of Zinnia and the Delta where time has stood still in many ways. Although crime and murder have come to the small town, it is still a place where people know one another, and even your immediate ancestors. So it isn't a stretch to believe that someone would contact a stranger and not only know that person's secrets, but those of the family as well. In this genteel society there are those that have always had the public eye, and not always in a positive way.When CeCe (formerly Cecil) Falcon shows up at Sarah Booth Delany's and needs immediate help, and wants Sarah Booth and Tinkie not to tell Coleman specifically about her problem. Fearing this might cause permanent damage to their new relationship, Sara Booth continues to try and persuade CeCe to change her mind and bring in Coleman on the case. It seems that CeCe's younger cousin, Eve is missing. Not only that, she is pregnant and due to deliver the baby on Christmas Eve. Eve's parents want nothing to do with her. It is a race to the end to find Eve and the baby before something terrible happens. Along the way Sarah Booth and Coleman do have some wonderful Christmas memories. Even Jitty, Sarah Booth's civil war haint, shares Christmas from the great Beyond with Sarah Booth.A beautiful story of a Christmas miracle in the Delta with an actual white Christmas to boot. Author Carolyn Haines has shared another heartwarming story full of great characters, friendship, and love. Don't miss it!Thanks to Net Galley and St Martin's Press, I received an ARC copy of this book to read. The comments and review are completely my thoughts and given voluntary.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Ebook/Mystery: This is book 19 in the series and I have only read three others. I do like the series and I am planning to reread book #1 and catch up. Since I read this on two sittings over a weekend, that shouldn't be too much of a problem. I like Sarah Booth and her sidekick Tinkie. Living in the south, I can relate to much of what Sarah Booth goes through. It is currently autumn, so I enjoyed all the Christmas feel in the novel. I did get this book from NetGalley in lieu of an honest review. Ebook/Mystery: This is book 19 in the series and I have only read three others. I do like the series and I am planning to reread book #1 and catch up. Since I read this on two sittings over a weekend, that shouldn't be too much of a problem. I like Sarah Booth and her sidekick Tinkie. Living in the south, I can relate to much of what Sarah Booth goes through. It is currently autumn, so I enjoyed all the Christmas feel in the novel. I did get this book from NetGalley in lieu of an honest review. I also need to mention that I have a fondness for the author, who I follow on the Facebook and is a graduate of South Alabama (where my son's is currently in school; go Jags). Carolyn Haines is a pet lover and that really shows in her books, but I wish she would put her dog on a leash. We have had this plot before about a missing pregnant woman in Rock-a-Bye Bones. It is different and I kept reading trying to figure out the kidnapper and if the mom was going to be okay. I do recommend this book, but I would suggest waiting for the paperback.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    A Gift of Bones is a good small town private investigator cozy mystery.Eve is days away from giving birth when she disappears. A ransom demand is sent to her cousin. Private investigator, Sarah Booth Delaney, and her partner, Tinkie, are hired to find the missing woman.The missing woman’s life becomes the focus of the investigation. With parents who disowned her for her unwed pregnancy and an unknown baby daddy, suspects are hard to find.The setting in a small town Mississippi detective agency a A Gift of Bones is a good small town private investigator cozy mystery.Eve is days away from giving birth when she disappears. A ransom demand is sent to her cousin. Private investigator, Sarah Booth Delaney, and her partner, Tinkie, are hired to find the missing woman.The missing woman’s life becomes the focus of the investigation. With parents who disowned her for her unwed pregnancy and an unknown baby daddy, suspects are hard to find.The setting in a small town Mississippi detective agency and the use of an unwed mother as the victim are frequent cozy tropes. However, the use of a transgendered character updates the story to 2018. Other than that, a Gift of Bones is a good cozy mystery but not unique. I like the previous entry in the series much better and gave it 4 stars. However, a Gift of Bones gets a reluctant 3 stars.Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advance copy.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    In this edition of the the Sarah Booth Delaney series , Cece asks for Sarah Booth help in locating her cousin, Eve, who has been taken. Sarah Booth needs to act quickly as Eve is due to give birth very soon. Sarah Booth and Tinkie work hard to uncover secrets in Eve and Cece family to find her before any harm comes to her or her child.I always love catching up with Sarah Booth and the group from Zinnia Mississippi . They are always fun and I enjoy the books very much. Can't wait for the next one In this edition of the the Sarah Booth Delaney series , Cece asks for Sarah Booth help in locating her cousin, Eve, who has been taken. Sarah Booth needs to act quickly as Eve is due to give birth very soon. Sarah Booth and Tinkie work hard to uncover secrets in Eve and Cece family to find her before any harm comes to her or her child.I always love catching up with Sarah Booth and the group from Zinnia Mississippi . They are always fun and I enjoy the books very much. Can't wait for the next one.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas is coming up and Sarah Booth, Tinkie and everyone else are excited and getting ready to celebrate the holiday. Coleman and Sarah Booth are finally together and will be celebrating the holiday as a couple for the first time. Cece asks Sarah Booth to help her find her pregnant cousin who has been abducted, and not tell Coleman. Why was she abducted? Twists and turns that keep you guessing, humor, and characters so well developed that I have grown to love. Never disappointed by a Carolyn Christmas is coming up and Sarah Booth, Tinkie and everyone else are excited and getting ready to celebrate the holiday. Coleman and Sarah Booth are finally together and will be celebrating the holiday as a couple for the first time. Cece asks Sarah Booth to help her find her pregnant cousin who has been abducted, and not tell Coleman. Why was she abducted? Twists and turns that keep you guessing, humor, and characters so well developed that I have grown to love. Never disappointed by a Carolyn Haines book. Her writing has so many details you need to really pay attention or go back to reread to make sure you didn’t miss something. A heart warming story.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC prior to publication and decided to voluntarily review it. Opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Susan Tanner
    January 1, 1970
    A Gift of Bones revisits the denizens of Zinnia with a poignancy I particularly enjoyed. Perhaps that was due in part to the spirit of Christmas that permeates the antics of Sarah Booth and her sleuthing partner, Tinkie. But perhaps the greater part was due to the self-forgiveness that both Sarah Booth and CeCe discover as the mystery unfolds. And a mystery it is, well-crafted and solidly delivered. Carolyn Haines makes every moment of action and every line of dialogue count.Tinkie comes into he A Gift of Bones revisits the denizens of Zinnia with a poignancy I particularly enjoyed. Perhaps that was due in part to the spirit of Christmas that permeates the antics of Sarah Booth and her sleuthing partner, Tinkie. But perhaps the greater part was due to the self-forgiveness that both Sarah Booth and CeCe discover as the mystery unfolds. And a mystery it is, well-crafted and solidly delivered. Carolyn Haines makes every moment of action and every line of dialogue count.Tinkie comes into her own in Gift of Bones, more an equal than sidekick to the inimitable Sarah Booth. For this reader, Tinkie’s yearning for a child, skillfully woven throughout the series, is representative of the longing so many of us feel for that one ‘something’ that may never be. We each come to resolution or acceptance in our own way.A fan of Coleman since early days, I’ve sighed through Sarah Booth’s various loves and flirtations over the course of this series. Therefore, the reunion of these two heretofore star-crossed lovers was a very satisfying reward for my patience.As always, I was appalled by the villain’s intentions and grateful that Ms. Haines never requires readers of the series to experience those intentions graphically. I found a Gift of Bones more insightful and a bit less zany than previous offerings in this line but still infused with the lively madcap escapades that Sarah Booth fans have come to love.I recommend this book without reservation. Never one to reread a book, I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself reopening the cover of a Gift of Bones early next December.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I eagerly opened this book to find out what happened with the personal cliffhanger I remembered from the previous book. Nothing, nothing until 45%. Perhaps I mis-remembered and Tinkie's personal craziness from the last story had been resolved. This was the sole reason I was so interested in getting a copy of this book. Tinkie has new craziness in this book which is sort of understandable, but odd. She needs good therapist and despite it mentioned more than once that she has a good relationship w I eagerly opened this book to find out what happened with the personal cliffhanger I remembered from the previous book. Nothing, nothing until 45%. Perhaps I mis-remembered and Tinkie's personal craziness from the last story had been resolved. This was the sole reason I was so interested in getting a copy of this book. Tinkie has new craziness in this book which is sort of understandable, but odd. She needs good therapist and despite it mentioned more than once that she has a good relationship with her husband, perhaps that's not true.Back to what we do have here. The story line, despite having babies as a big component (as it has been increasing all along in the series), has a different take from the preceding baby story lines and there were plenty of twists and turns.I liked how Sarah Booth's personal life seems to be hashing itself out as well. Only one mention of her womb and thumb as I recall.I'm still just giving this story an OK rating. As I mentioned in my review of Charmed Bones, I'm getting really tired of the baby obsession that's become prevalent in this series.I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Nancy Baker
    January 1, 1970
    This story is a great blend of mystery, romance and Christmas magic. This time the case is personal for private eyes Sarah Booth and Tinkie when their good friend Cece has received a message demanding ransom for her pregnant cousin. Sarah Booth is conflicted since Cece insists that no authorities are brought in to help yet Sarah Booth's boyfriend, Coleman, is the county sheriff. Sarah now has to walk the tightrope between honoring her friend's wish and not lying to Coleman.Filled with southern f This story is a great blend of mystery, romance and Christmas magic. This time the case is personal for private eyes Sarah Booth and Tinkie when their good friend Cece has received a message demanding ransom for her pregnant cousin. Sarah Booth is conflicted since Cece insists that no authorities are brought in to help yet Sarah Booth's boyfriend, Coleman, is the county sheriff. Sarah now has to walk the tightrope between honoring her friend's wish and not lying to Coleman.Filled with southern flavor this story adds plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. This is book 19 in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries yet each book has its own voice and this could easily be read as a stand alone. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A Gift of Bones is part of the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series by Carolyn Haines. You don't need to have read any others as this book stands alone just fine. The usual mystery, romance, the Christmas season, and a bit of the paranormal can all be found here. Sarah Booth Delaney is romantically involved Sheriff Peters, lives in a haunted home with a humorous ghost, and is ready for the holiday. That is when her friend, Cee Cee, shows up and they discover a package full of items from Cee Cee's A Gift of Bones is part of the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series by Carolyn Haines. You don't need to have read any others as this book stands alone just fine. The usual mystery, romance, the Christmas season, and a bit of the paranormal can all be found here. Sarah Booth Delaney is romantically involved Sheriff Peters, lives in a haunted home with a humorous ghost, and is ready for the holiday. That is when her friend, Cee Cee, shows up and they discover a package full of items from Cee Cee's cousin. Complete with a ransom note. Sarah and the Sheriff join the hunt to find the kidnapper and free Cee Cee's cousin. The book is full of holiday cheer. These fascinating characters tell a tale that is a perfect Christmas mystery.
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  • Miss W Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas is approaching and Sarah Booth and Tinkie are excited for the holidays. preparing for a festive holiday season. Sarah Booth and Sheriff Coleman Peters have finally gotten together, and this is the first holiday they’re celebrating as a couple. As usual, there is a mystery to solve as Sarah's friend Cece shows up needing her help. This story is what I have come to expect and love from this series including loveable, well developed characters and a Christmas story that will warm your hea Christmas is approaching and Sarah Booth and Tinkie are excited for the holidays. preparing for a festive holiday season. Sarah Booth and Sheriff Coleman Peters have finally gotten together, and this is the first holiday they’re celebrating as a couple. As usual, there is a mystery to solve as Sarah's friend Cece shows up needing her help. This story is what I have come to expect and love from this series including loveable, well developed characters and a Christmas story that will warm your heart. Lets not forget a twisty mystery that left me guessing until the end. If you haven't read any of the other Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries, I highly recomend them.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    With this book the events hit a bit too close to home for Sarah Booth. Cece, one of her best friends, needs Sarah Booth and Tinkie's help. The two women followed the small trail of info Cece had. Each new fact bringing about more info that muddied the waters. Of course it didn't help that Cece didn't want Sarah Booth to get Coleman's help, which tied Sarah Booth's hands at time.Tinkie was funny in this one, at times particularly viscous when someone tried to cross her.Things got very crazy at th With this book the events hit a bit too close to home for Sarah Booth. Cece, one of her best friends, needs Sarah Booth and Tinkie's help. The two women followed the small trail of info Cece had. Each new fact bringing about more info that muddied the waters. Of course it didn't help that Cece didn't want Sarah Booth to get Coleman's help, which tied Sarah Booth's hands at time.Tinkie was funny in this one, at times particularly viscous when someone tried to cross her.Things got very crazy at the end, like they usually do. Things weren't what they seemed, part worse, part better. I do like how things ended, liked what Cece found.
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  • Linda Smatzny
    January 1, 1970
    The book was a short at times fun tale set at Christmas. Sarah Booth is ready to spend Christmas with Coleman when she gets a call from CeCe Dee Falcon who needs her help. Eve Falcon has been kidnapped and the ransom is being demanded from CeCe who is Eve's aunt. CeCe has lost touch with Eve over the years. Sarah Booth and Tinkie of course agree to help but CeCe demands they do not tell Coleman about what is happening. In the end, Eve is found and Sarah Booth gets her Christmas miracle. The book The book was a short at times fun tale set at Christmas. Sarah Booth is ready to spend Christmas with Coleman when she gets a call from CeCe Dee Falcon who needs her help. Eve Falcon has been kidnapped and the ransom is being demanded from CeCe who is Eve's aunt. CeCe has lost touch with Eve over the years. Sarah Booth and Tinkie of course agree to help but CeCe demands they do not tell Coleman about what is happening. In the end, Eve is found and Sarah Booth gets her Christmas miracle. The book was a quick easy read.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Another suspenseful mystery by Carolyn Haines. Sarah Booth and Tinkie are asked to help Cece find her cousin Eve. Eve has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. The major problem is Eve is ready to deliver her baby at any moment and the partners have no idea where to start their search for her. Sarah Booth is just getting comfortable in her relationship with sheriff Coleman Peters and she wants to include him in the search, but Cece is adamant no police. What Sarah Booth finds is a terrify Another suspenseful mystery by Carolyn Haines. Sarah Booth and Tinkie are asked to help Cece find her cousin Eve. Eve has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. The major problem is Eve is ready to deliver her baby at any moment and the partners have no idea where to start their search for her. Sarah Booth is just getting comfortable in her relationship with sheriff Coleman Peters and she wants to include him in the search, but Cece is adamant no police. What Sarah Booth finds is a terrifying plot to endanger the life of Eve's newborn baby.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    It's amazing what all happens in Zinnia, Mississippi! Sarah Booth and Tinkie help their friend Cece when Cece's cousin's daughter is, she thinks, kidnapped. There are some secrets in Cece's background and family strife. Rest assured, there's humor and hijinks and a little romance between Sarah and Coleman. This is a long running series and for those of us who haven't read them it's fair to say we might occasionally miss an inside angle but that's ok. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t quit Sarah Booth, but I also get sick of her antics. Each book is so similar to the last one; I feel like she never progresses. This book wasn’t a favorite, which is a shame because I enjoyed the previous one. If something doesn’t actually happen to Sarah soon, (marriage, baby for her, baby for Tinkie...?!) I might give up on the series. It grates on my nerves that she can’t just grow up.
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  • Barb Foerst
    January 1, 1970
    A Gift of Bones is a Christmas edition of Sarah Booth and her cohorts Tinkie and Cece. Since it’s Christmas the mystery involves a baby. An estranged relative of Cece’s is missing and she’s very pregnant. Cece has very little background on her cousin, just a ransom note. This story is the best of Sarah Booth with Christmas tossed in.
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  • Arlene Arredondo
    January 1, 1970
    Love the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series.In this installment, we got romance, suspense, mystery, a kidnapping, all in the frame of Christmas time. The author focuses on the reminiscence of traditions, family values and believing on the magic of this season. Note: I received an ARC for review purposes and an honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Emilie Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Always Satisfies!!Carolyn Haines knows her stuff. Everyone of her books gives you something to think about. This time it was family and the intricate ways families affect each other. Friendship and it's responsibilities are also highlighted. I love Jitty and her wisdom as well as her wardrobe! This is one of Carolyn Haines' best and thought-provoking work.
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  • Teri Griffis
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is definitely 5+ stars. I love the escapades Sarah Booth and Tinkie get into. Carolyn Haines does a fantastic job of writing an exciting, interesting, and entertaining story. I hope there will be many more Sarah Booth adventures. Enjoy!
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  • Peggy
    January 1, 1970
    A gift of bonesI love the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries.And this latest installment is a great one.It tells in a humorous way what Christmas is about.The story telling is great as usual.This is a book to be enjoyed
  • LuAnn Dobson
    January 1, 1970
    So happy to be back in the company of Sarah Booth and her clan!
  • Mimi Livaccari
    January 1, 1970
    One of my great pleasures in life...curling up with a cat, a cup of tea, and a Sarah Booth Delaney book ❤ One of my great pleasures in life...curling up with a cat, a cup of tea, and a Sarah Booth Delaney book ❤️
  • Jenny Grandy
    January 1, 1970
    OutstandingThis is one of the best Sarah Booth Delaney books I've read. It's filled with laughs and yes tears. I highly recommend it.
  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Fun read as usual, love Sarah and Tinkie.
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Cece Dee Falcon is one of Sarah Booth's dearest friends. So, when her cousin is kidnapped, Sarah's willing to do anything, even hide her involvement from Coleman. Their relationship is pretty strong right now and she doesn't want to mess it up... but it's Cece. And her pregnant cousin.I really enjoyed that Christmas was woven into the story but not super in your face. A nice addition to the series.
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  • Alta
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, friends.and a beautiful spook!When a young pregnant woman is kidnapped the Sarah Booth Delaney Detective Agency is hired to rescue her. Add in Sarah Month's partner in crime, 2 dogs and a cat, and her great great great grandmother's best friend, as well as a few more colorful characters and you have a fun Christmas mystery! I love Carolyn Haines stories.
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