Review of Bone Appetit by Carolyn Haines

Good book for a wide range of readers.

7236901RATING: A-

In the midst of a cook-off at a posh spa, southern PI Sarah Booth Delaney gets embroiled in a juicy murder in the latest mystery from Carolyn Haines
For many years Jitty, Dahlia House’s resident ghost, has dreamed that Sarah Booth Delaney would have a child to inherit the family’s ancestral home. Sarah Booth has always had reservations about being a parent. There was her work as an actress and PI, taking care of the house, not to mention finding the right man. But when Jitty’s dream finally looks like it’s going to come true, Sarah Booth is crushed when it doesn’t. Depressed, unable to act or investigate, Sarah Booth finally allows her best friend to whisk her away for a luxurious weekend vacation at a special spa and cooking school. The pampering and food go a long way toward making her feel like her old self, but there’s another welcome distraction—there’s a beauty contest/cook-off going on to find the spa’s next spokesperson, and watching the drama really takes her mind off of her woes. Sarah finds the backbiting to be great fun—until the heated competition boils over, the top contender is poisoned, and the prime suspect hires Sarah Booth to clear her name. Between swimsuit competitions and soufflés, Sarah Booth Delaney and her best friend and partner, Tinkie, must find out which of the ambitious young ladies is to blame in Bone Appetit, the latest in Carolyn Haines’s delightfully Southern cozy mystery series.
First of all, don’t you just love the cover? I absolutely love the pink color- as a matter of fact, it was the reason I picked it up at the store in the first place. The little details are what is important about this cover. From the skeleton hand of the waiter, to the fact that the woman lost her flip-flop. Creative and original.
If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that this book was a Dollar Store find. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Usually, the books at the Dollar Store are disappointing. This book, however, was incredible. It was fun, but suspenseful. Well written chapters and a mix of emotions made it a whirlwind that I enjoyed riding on. The characters are cared for by the reader in a way that’s reminiscent of Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson. This is technically part of a series, but I didn’t know that I until too late and the book stood alone beautifully. The only thing I can say in a negative fashion, is that the author used the main character’s full name too often. I get that that is the name she uses for her company, so I never looked twice when people she was investigating used it, but when her friends and family did it felt unnatural. Now, like I said, I didn’t read the rest of the series so maybe there is an explanation behind this that I am unaware of. I’ll find out, because I plan to purchase the rest of the series and read every single one of them. I hope this isn’t the last in the series, because I would be disappointed if it were. It’s THAT good.

2 thoughts on “Review of Bone Appetit by Carolyn Haines

  1. Thank you for the review, Genevieve, and I can answer the question about names. In the South, it is very common in the “old” Southern tradition for a girl to be called by both names. Sarah Booth (her name and her mother’s maiden name). But only the WHOLE name–Sarah Booth Delaney, if she is in deep trouble with my mama. When the back door opened and my mother called out, “Carolyn Elizabeth Haines, you’d better get in this house!” I knew I had been caught doing something I wasn’t supposed to be doing. But the double names is strictly a Southern trait and one that is fast disappearing from the “new” South. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!

    • Well, see now that I have more of an explanation I won’t question it in the other books lol It didn’t bother me TOO much, but it just seemed odd. Thank you for helping me understand. I’m glad you liked the review.

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