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Carolyn Haines's Independent Bones is the next novel in the series that Kirkus Reviews characterizes as "Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" featuring sassy Southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney. When Dr. Alala Diakos, a visiting professor of Greek literature, comes to teach at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, it doesn't take long for controversy to follo Carolyn Haines's Independent Bones is the next novel in the series that Kirkus Reviews characterizes as "Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" featuring sassy Southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney. When Dr. Alala Diakos, a visiting professor of Greek literature, comes to teach at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, it doesn't take long for controversy to follow. With her fervent feminist ideals and revolutionary leanings, she quickly earns the admiration of many--and the ire of others. During a speech in the park, in which Alala tries to organize the women of Zinnia to demand equal pay, the crowd gets unruly, with men heckling the professor. And when PI Sarah Booth Delaney finds a sniper rifle and scope in the bushes, she begins to worry that there are more than fighting words at stake. Sarah Booth calls her boyfriend, Sheriff Coleman Peters, who offers the protection of the Zinnia police department, but Alala rejects him, saying she has no use for the law or men. And when a notorious domestic abuser is found dead the next day, suspicions turn to Alala herself, who was overheard bragging that she would take him down. Tensions deepen when connections are drawn between Alala and two similar, previous deaths. But Sarah Booth doesn't want to believe Alala is a murderer, and when the professor shows up at Sarah Booth's doorstep, asking her to find the real criminal, Sarah Booth embarks on a case stretching across the Delta. Yet Alala remains at the center of it all, and Sarah Booth can't help but wonder if the killer has been with her all along...


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Carolyn Haines's Independent Bones is the next novel in the series that Kirkus Reviews characterizes as "Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" featuring sassy Southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney. When Dr. Alala Diakos, a visiting professor of Greek literature, comes to teach at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, it doesn't take long for controversy to follo Carolyn Haines's Independent Bones is the next novel in the series that Kirkus Reviews characterizes as "Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" featuring sassy Southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney. When Dr. Alala Diakos, a visiting professor of Greek literature, comes to teach at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, it doesn't take long for controversy to follow. With her fervent feminist ideals and revolutionary leanings, she quickly earns the admiration of many--and the ire of others. During a speech in the park, in which Alala tries to organize the women of Zinnia to demand equal pay, the crowd gets unruly, with men heckling the professor. And when PI Sarah Booth Delaney finds a sniper rifle and scope in the bushes, she begins to worry that there are more than fighting words at stake. Sarah Booth calls her boyfriend, Sheriff Coleman Peters, who offers the protection of the Zinnia police department, but Alala rejects him, saying she has no use for the law or men. And when a notorious domestic abuser is found dead the next day, suspicions turn to Alala herself, who was overheard bragging that she would take him down. Tensions deepen when connections are drawn between Alala and two similar, previous deaths. But Sarah Booth doesn't want to believe Alala is a murderer, and when the professor shows up at Sarah Booth's doorstep, asking her to find the real criminal, Sarah Booth embarks on a case stretching across the Delta. Yet Alala remains at the center of it all, and Sarah Booth can't help but wonder if the killer has been with her all along...

30 review for Independent Bones

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    It comes as a bit of a shock to me that I have been reading this series since 1999. Why have I gotten old while the partners in a detective agency and best friends Sarah Booth Delaney and Tinkie Richmond are barely into their mid-thirties. Two takeaways, I have loved this series for a long time, and I’ve gotten old. Dang. An Ole Miss visiting professor on a sabbatical, Dr Alala Diakos settles in Zinnia, MS, a little town in the Mississippi Delta, to write a book and to stir up controversy. Her tr It comes as a bit of a shock to me that I have been reading this series since 1999. Why have I gotten old while the partners in a detective agency and best friends Sarah Booth Delaney and Tinkie Richmond are barely into their mid-thirties. Two takeaways, I have loved this series for a long time, and I’ve gotten old. Dang. An Ole Miss visiting professor on a sabbatical, Dr Alala Diakos settles in Zinnia, MS, a little town in the Mississippi Delta, to write a book and to stir up controversy. Her trouble is that she might now qualify as a serial killer as there are two bodies in her past and it doesn’t take long for another body to join the count. The town “Earl” is found shot in the heart just like the bodies found at the two Universities where Dr Diakos worked as a visiting professor. Oops. Another commonality, all three men were serial abusers of women. Serious “Earls”, in fact. Dr Diakos hires Sarah Booth and Tinkie to prove her innocence. Proving her innocence is not so easy, especially since Dr Diakos advocates that women defend themselves from men who abuse them. She offers shooting lessons. Umm, no, not when you might be shortly crowned “serial killer”. Gotta love her. Sarah Booth lives on the family plantation, Dahlia House, with her boyfriend Sheriff Coleman Peters. She also lives with the ghost of an enslaved woman, Jitty, who managed to form a bond of necessity during the Civil War with a distant Booth great grandmother. Jitty has the ability to leave the plantation and to transform herself into any persona she wants to. Jitty’s theme during Independent Bones is outlaw women or very strong women of the Old West. Carolyn Haines imparts some fascinating history lessons concerning women’s struggles for equality throughout the book, most through the earnest Jitty. Tinkie Richmond, the perfect example of a Delta Daddy’s Girl, married to Oscar Richmond, the town banker and richest man in Zinnia. Tinkie has managed to overcome her “raisings” and has turned Oscar into the perfect husband. Tinkie is also twenty months pregnant, or so she feels. Independent Bones is a darker book than usual, tackling the subject of men who abuse women, and the guns and camo crowd who are organizing to support throwback politicians. Those who can’t stand to see independent women making their own health care and financial choices just to name a few areas of contention. Mississippi is considered fertile ground for their misogyny. Don’t believe me; check out which big case the Supremes have just accepted from Mississippi. Haines has always done a lovely job of scattering whimsy throughout her books, even this more serious book. How about The Moody Blue’s Tuesday Afternoon for an exotic dancer’s music? This is a series that has kept its charm through 23 books, never getting stale or repetitive. I highly recommend this book and the preceding books. My only quibbles with Independent Bones the stupid and or dangerous moves Sarah Booth makes. Moves that could cause her to wake up dead, or to end up in jail or losing her P.I. license. Oh wait, male P.I.s do the same things. Silly me, it’s almost if I have different standards. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    Someone has murdered Curtis, a notorious wife-beater, and a visiting college professor is the main suspect. She hires the Delaney Detective Agency to help exonerate her, and even though Tinkie is nearing the end of her pregnancy, she insists on being part of the investigation. All the favorites are back, including animal companions Sweetie Pie, Pluto, Chablis, and Roscoe. Jitty also makes several appearances as outlaw women of the past. Three and a half stars. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publish Someone has murdered Curtis, a notorious wife-beater, and a visiting college professor is the main suspect. She hires the Delaney Detective Agency to help exonerate her, and even though Tinkie is nearing the end of her pregnancy, she insists on being part of the investigation. All the favorites are back, including animal companions Sweetie Pie, Pluto, Chablis, and Roscoe. Jitty also makes several appearances as outlaw women of the past. Three and a half stars. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Zinnia, Mississippi is one of my favorite places to escape to and this book did not disappoint! This is my absolute favorite cozy mystery series, and I was ecstatic when I received a physical ARC of the latest installment from a Goodreads give away. I first picked up this series at the library at book 17 as a new release because the Southern main character’s name was Sarah Booth, and my grandmother was a Booth. I fell in love with the story and immediately read the 16 previous books and have con Zinnia, Mississippi is one of my favorite places to escape to and this book did not disappoint! This is my absolute favorite cozy mystery series, and I was ecstatic when I received a physical ARC of the latest installment from a Goodreads give away. I first picked up this series at the library at book 17 as a new release because the Southern main character’s name was Sarah Booth, and my grandmother was a Booth. I fell in love with the story and immediately read the 16 previous books and have continued as they were released since then. This book is hands down my favorite of the series so far. One of my favorite parts of the series is that Haines has never shied away from hot topics. The first book was published in 1999 and includes a transgender main character. I will admit in my head CeCe has always been African American, and despite books stating otherwise I just can’t kick it. No matter what race Haines sees her as, her character was groundbreaking in the time she was created, and I have no idea why my mind sees her as Black. She’s one of my favorites and I was a bit sad she and Jaytee were more background characters in this book. Still, this book stuck to the series’ roots. Haines addresses current issues in real way that fit into the storyline so well. AVA is a very real possibility in today’s political environment, as is domestic violence. I loved the description of men who didn’t go to war but wear the pride of those that did and instead just kill animals. While I’m not so much against hunting, I live in Iowa and we eat the meat of the animals we kill, but the rest is spot freaking on! I love that Sarah Booth checks her privilege multiple times. So much of what happens in this series could not happen in reality, but Haines makes it relevant with points like this constantly and I could not love it more! I loved the story. The mystery kept me guessing the entire book. Every time I thought I had the plot figured out, I’d realize I didn’t. While that was going on I loved how the characters developed. Some things in character development I expected, and others were not expected at all! I loved that all the characters I’ve grown to love were included in this book, even if it was a small part. I had a feeling from the beginning a big event would happen in this book and I was not disappointed! (trying not to be spoilery here) For my final and to me most important thought. From the beginning I realized this book would be special because it addressed issues that are important to me, but I have felt conflicted about because of my family history. I struggle with being proud of my Southern heritage, while also being ashamed of my ancestor’s actions and I find it hard to reconcile the two. Haines put into words that it is ok to be proud of your heritage, while also admitting the people you are proud of were wrong and its okay to admit their faults. I won’t quote since I read an ARC, but she perfectly puts my feelings into words that make sense. I hope other people that have struggled with this also find peace and way to describe their feelings like I did from her words. This was my favorite of the 23 books in the series. All my favorite characters made an appearance, plus it addressed a very real issue in the South and US in general. It reminded me why Carolyn Haines is my favorite author to follow on social media. She is what she writes. Thank you to Goodreads for an ARC, I absolutely loved it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    It’s been quite a while since I read one of the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries. Her behavior in the early mysteries I read was somewhat erratic for a private investigator. She’s come a long way in Independent Bones, the latest by Carolyn Haines. I will always have issues when a PI who is dating a law officer keeps secrets from them. And, Sarah Booth does it just because she wants to be independent instead of safe. She doesn’t want to rely on Sheriff Coleman Peters. Sometimes, it’s better not to k It’s been quite a while since I read one of the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries. Her behavior in the early mysteries I read was somewhat erratic for a private investigator. She’s come a long way in Independent Bones, the latest by Carolyn Haines. I will always have issues when a PI who is dating a law officer keeps secrets from them. And, Sarah Booth does it just because she wants to be independent instead of safe. She doesn’t want to rely on Sheriff Coleman Peters. Sometimes, it’s better not to keep secrets. Sarah Booth’s best friend and business partner, Tinkie Richmond, is eight and a half months pregnant. How to keep that willful woman out of trouble is a problem, even for Sarah Booth. Attending the dedication of Zinnia, Mississippi’s Erkwell Park might be an answer. But, the speaker is Dr. Alala Diakos. Tinkie has heard of her, and she doesn’t think Zinnia is ready for the professor’s philospohy. “Men who abuse women should be exterminated.” Well, maybe the mob of women who attack domestic abuser Curtis Miller are ready. Alala is pleased that she’s stirred up trouble, but, when Miller is found dead, shot in the heart, she’s the obvious suspect. Sheriff Peters reveals that Alala was suspected in the shooting of a professor at Ole Miss. When Alala hires Sarah Booth and Tinkie to prove her innocence, Sarah Booth is skeptical. It seems the good doctor was also suspected in another murder as well. While Sarah Booth does most of the legwork, Tinkie uncovers an interesting group, one that Curtis Miller participated in locally. AVA, the American Values Association, is a national organization formed to keep women in their place. There’s a great deal of money going into it to limit women’s rights, their right to economic, educational and medical choices. And, the dead men all seem to have been involved in this group that is in opposition to Dr. Diakos’ philosophy. Haines’ latest book has an important message about women’s independence, and the role of abuse in shutting that down. Jitty, the ghost of Sarah Booth’s great-great-grandmother’s nanny and former slave, has some stories to tell, messages to Sarah Booth from women who lived independent lives, even if they were outlaws. Although there is are several heavy issues in this book, there are also light moments. All of the dogs and cats in the story participate in their own way in the investigation, whether tracking missing people, or attacking the wicked. Then, there’s Roscoe, the little devil dog with a large role in stirring up trouble. He can be a hero at times. And, of course, how can you expect Tinkie to get through his investigation without giving birth? As I said, I still have a few problems with Sarah Booth, despite the message about independence. But, she’s come a long way since the early books I read in this series. There are important messages in Independent Bones.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    An enthralling mystery that seamlessly intertwines with some of today's important social issues. Dr. Diakos uses a park opening to give a speech on her aggressive views on how to handle domestic abuse and soon after when a known abuser is found dead she becomes a top suspect. She hires PI's Sarah Booth and Tinkie to find the real killer but they are concerned that she might actually be guilty. I have read all 23 books in the Sarah Booth Delaney series. Each one has its own tone so book #23 is as An enthralling mystery that seamlessly intertwines with some of today's important social issues. Dr. Diakos uses a park opening to give a speech on her aggressive views on how to handle domestic abuse and soon after when a known abuser is found dead she becomes a top suspect. She hires PI's Sarah Booth and Tinkie to find the real killer but they are concerned that she might actually be guilty. I have read all 23 books in the Sarah Booth Delaney series. Each one has its own tone so book #23 is as original as book #1. I really enjoy the diverse cast of characters and Sarah Booth's wit. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Barton

    I really love this book series. This one however fell short for me. The story line was fine but there were too many politics thrown in there. I hate that I can’t just be entertained without all the political b.s. It went too far when she attacked our founding fathers. Ugh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    In Independent Bones, the 23rd installment on the Sarah Booth Delaney series, Carolyn Haines once again delivers with this clever mystery. As someone who has been reading the entire series since book one, I can say that I look forward to each and every book because I love these great characters and Haines' witty writing style. This time around, Zinnia is a hotbed of action. Tinkie is very, very pregnant and Sarah Booth is terrified that her friend and partner is going to pop out her baby any mom In Independent Bones, the 23rd installment on the Sarah Booth Delaney series, Carolyn Haines once again delivers with this clever mystery. As someone who has been reading the entire series since book one, I can say that I look forward to each and every book because I love these great characters and Haines' witty writing style. This time around, Zinnia is a hotbed of action. Tinkie is very, very pregnant and Sarah Booth is terrified that her friend and partner is going to pop out her baby any moment, possibly when they're investigating their newest case: Dr. Alala Piakos, a visiting professor from Oxford is a suspect for murder after a wife abuser she had an altercation with is found shot. Dr. Piakos is very outspoken for women's rights and against a patriarchal society, which doesn't go over so well with a lot of men, especially some of the less enlightened men of the South like Curtis, the dead wife abuser. There are also two other men in the doctor's past who've been killed in similar ways who also had reputations for mistreating women, so Alala is the prime suspect unless Sarah Booth and Tinkie can find evidence that proves their client is innocent. I really enjoyed this one and found the theme of the novel to be especially relevant to the times. I've always liked how Haines incorporates social issues into her novels, and I thought this one was important since it dealt with how men (some) still treat women as if we live in the nineteenth century when that's just ridiculous but don't get me started! Once again, I loved immersing myself in the fictional world of Zinnia, MS, and spending time with characters that I've grown to love over two decades! This might be the 23rd book in the series, but the characters are still growing, changing, and they don't feel stuck in a rut like some characters in some other series that I can think of but won't name. Haines is a great storyteller and if you haven't read any of the other books yet, that's okay because this book can be read as a standalone as Haines has written it in a way that you're not left feeling lost in the dark. I can't wait until the next book-as always when reading this series, I feel like I'm headed home, which is a great feeling when reading! Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the DRC. All opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "Independent Bones" by Carolyn Haines the 23rd instalment in the "A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery" series. I really enjoy this series. I enjoyed visiting Sarah and the gang again. Sarah Booth is a strong and intelligent protagonist and all the characters are fully developed. I love that it was about Woman’s Rights, I always learn so much from Carolyn’s books. I love that it was about Twinkie being ready to pop, and everyone was worried for her. The relationship between Tinkie and Sarah is so speci "Independent Bones" by Carolyn Haines the 23rd instalment in the "A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery" series. I really enjoy this series. I enjoyed visiting Sarah and the gang again. Sarah Booth is a strong and intelligent protagonist and all the characters are fully developed. I love that it was about Woman’s Rights, I always learn so much from Carolyn’s books. I love that it was about Twinkie being ready to pop, and everyone was worried for her. The relationship between Tinkie and Sarah is so special and one I would like myself. There’s such a sense of friendship and community in these stories. The inclusion of her haint (Dahlia House's ghost Jetty) always brings a chuckle as i can imagine what Sarah looks like talking to herself, also love how the animals are included the solving of the mysteries. There were plenty of twists and turns and lots of suspects to choose from to keep you intrigued. I found this book to be a real page-turner, suspenseful, read that had me second guessing up till the end. I highly recommend this book and series to all my cozy mystery friends. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martins Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Rivera

    So I haven’t read any of the previous Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries but this was really good and light mystery. I was a little lost just with who everybody was since this was 23rd in the series that was a given but it didn’t take me very long to get in the swing of the book and learn who everybody was and it was a really fun southern mystery with a little paranormal twist and very helpful with the investigation pets. Sarah Booth Delaney is a PI with her partner Tinkey who is about to pop pregnan So I haven’t read any of the previous Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries but this was really good and light mystery. I was a little lost just with who everybody was since this was 23rd in the series that was a given but it didn’t take me very long to get in the swing of the book and learn who everybody was and it was a really fun southern mystery with a little paranormal twist and very helpful with the investigation pets. Sarah Booth Delaney is a PI with her partner Tinkey who is about to pop pregnant are in the park for its rededication when Dr. Alala Diakos makes a speech rousing the crowd with her fervent feminist ideals and radical leaning when as the crowd gets unruly and starting accosting the heckling men that Sarah finds a sniper rifle with scope in the bushes. Sarah calls her boyfriend, Sheriff Coleman Peters, who offers Alala the protection of the Zinnia police which she declines but when a notorious abuser is found murdered the next day after an altercation with Alala where she is heard bragging about taking him down. She hires Sarah booth after her connection to 2 other similar murder is unearthed by the police and she was the prime suspect but never charged for both of those. This was a really good mystery it kept you guessing until the end and it was interesting having a ghost keep turning up playing the parts of wanted women to make a point to Sarah Booth. It took some getting used to but I figured out that apparently there is a ghost in this series as well. Everything gets resolved in the end and the pets help enormously and Tinkey has her baby. Really great and fast read and even without reading any other in the series it still made sense and stood alone so that was great. Thanks to St. Martins Press and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book in e-book form. All opinions in this review are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Reading a book in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series is like coming home to visit old friends. This visit has private investigators, Sarah Booth and Tinkie, working to solve murders, find their dear friend Harold (along with his Hound from Hell - Roscoe) and clear their latest client, all before Tinkie has a life-changing event! Carolyn Haines has the wonderful writing ability to weave a compelling mystery with a storyline that features real world issues, as seen through the cases of two best Reading a book in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series is like coming home to visit old friends. This visit has private investigators, Sarah Booth and Tinkie, working to solve murders, find their dear friend Harold (along with his Hound from Hell - Roscoe) and clear their latest client, all before Tinkie has a life-changing event! Carolyn Haines has the wonderful writing ability to weave a compelling mystery with a storyline that features real world issues, as seen through the cases of two best friends who go through life's ups and downs throughout the series. The main characters are opposites, relatable and genuine and I always enjoy the humor that the long-time friends share. The mystery has twists and turns and the ending was exciting, heartwarming, funny and typical Sarah Booth and Tinkie! All the gang is here - Cece, Millie, Coleman, Oscar, Harold and my very favorite - the irresistible ghost, Jitty. Jitty's portrayal of women throughout history and their struggles was thought-provoking and fit the mystery perfectly. I'm looking forward to another trip to Zinnia! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This latest book in a long series about PI Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends in a small town in Mississippi explored unexpected contemporary themes of spousal abuse, white privilege, and armed militia. While the returning characters play their supporting roles, I appreciated the author's analysis of the thinking that drives the fear of losing power. She managed to frustrate and anger me with her description of a secret group of men (AVA or American Values Association) raising money to support This latest book in a long series about PI Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends in a small town in Mississippi explored unexpected contemporary themes of spousal abuse, white privilege, and armed militia. While the returning characters play their supporting roles, I appreciated the author's analysis of the thinking that drives the fear of losing power. She managed to frustrate and anger me with her description of a secret group of men (AVA or American Values Association) raising money to support state lawmakers in passing laws to "keep women in their place." Limiting women's economic, educational and medical choices is the focus of their work and strategy to connect efforts to the national level. This was a deep dive over the course of the novel, reflecting how this is occurring in contemporary America and the kind of consistent courage it takes to confront and defeat it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 23rd 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. As always Independent Bones does not disappoint. Sarah Booth and her private eye partner, Tinkie have been hired by a feminist Professor to find out who killed an abusive local man since she is the prime suspect. One problem is that Tinkie is ready to have her baby any time Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines is the 23rd 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. As always Independent Bones does not disappoint. Sarah Booth and her private eye partner, Tinkie have been hired by a feminist Professor to find out who killed an abusive local man since she is the prime suspect. One problem is that Tinkie is ready to have her baby any time. 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 mysteries with a little bit of everything, I strongly recommend this book/series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A woman comes to town lecturing on how men are trying to keep women under their thumbs which makes a men’s group angry. One of the men at the lecture ends up dead and Alda is blamed. Sarah doesn’t want to believe it and tries to prove she didn’t do it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda Atkinson

    Never a dull moment when Sarah Booth and Tinkie are on the case.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susie James

    OK, "Independent Bones" by Carolyn Haines was on offer at the Winona, Miss., library, and I snapped it up last week. Her series set in the delta land around her heroine's Dahlia plantation house and ruled by the inimitable Jitty is a "guilty pleasure". Enjoy! OK, "Independent Bones" by Carolyn Haines was on offer at the Winona, Miss., library, and I snapped it up last week. Her series set in the delta land around her heroine's Dahlia plantation house and ruled by the inimitable Jitty is a "guilty pleasure". Enjoy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Summer Hedrick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's a girl! I love this series and every character in it, including Sweetie Pie, Pluto, Chablis and Roscoe. I'm so happy that Tinkie finally had her baby. Now it's Sarah Booth's turn! It's a girl! I love this series and every character in it, including Sweetie Pie, Pluto, Chablis and Roscoe. I'm so happy that Tinkie finally had her baby. Now it's Sarah Booth's turn!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beautiful Minimal Millennial

    As usual, Sarah Booth Delaney and Tinkie, sucked me into their latest case. Each book of the books in this series is a page turner. I loved the history in the book. The stories about women standing up to the old saying of this is the way it’s always been was amazing. Scattered throughout the book is just the right amount. I won an advanced copy through Goodreads.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    E-book/Cozy Mystery: I want to thank NetGalley for letting me have an advanced copy of this book. I liked this one a lot. Most of the Sarah Booth Mysteries take place during holidays. This one takes place in the fall and the independence has more to do with the Martina McBride song than firecrackers. The books theme of indepencence brings on my favorite subject, Women’s Liberation. Along with that is Tinkie’s baby being liberated from the womb and Tinkie is days from giving birth. (And she does E-book/Cozy Mystery: I want to thank NetGalley for letting me have an advanced copy of this book. I liked this one a lot. Most of the Sarah Booth Mysteries take place during holidays. This one takes place in the fall and the independence has more to do with the Martina McBride song than firecrackers. The books theme of indepencence brings on my favorite subject, Women’s Liberation. Along with that is Tinkie’s baby being liberated from the womb and Tinkie is days from giving birth. (And she does it too quickly and easily for a first natural birth). Jitty is stll around driving all of us crazy. The dogs still aren’t leashed, which drives me nuts. I did like the idea of the book because there has been so much misogyny (being prejusticed against women) in recent years. The book really didn’t delve into the mind of a woman-hater (who can male or female) or into the mind of battered woman syndrome. I did like that Sarah Booth had a mystery close to home because after reading eight of her books, the characters are like my friends. Tinkie and Oscar have really grown as characters since the beginning of the series. Sarah Booth, not so much. The backlog of the series I still need to read may help me understand how Harold went from jerk to decent person. I do like this one better than some others.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tami Hunt Mollach

    Sarah Booth Delaney and crew---what can I say-I love them! Carolyn Haines continues to keep her characters and storylines current and relevant while honoring our history. I am always a little sad when I know I am starting the last chapter of the book-but I can never put the book down once I start. I highly recommend this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Strong

    Independent Bones is a masterpiece of history, empowerment and of course, a little murder. The mystery weaves the reader through the times of women’s independence with the voice of a powerful guest and our resident ghost! The next level of friendship among Sarah Booth and the gang is the best bonus. So much fun and very endearing, you won’t be able to put it down!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I read cozies to escape reality, the author's politics shoved down a readers throat from the opening chapter is just repugnant. Did not finish, politics do not belong in a cozy I read cozies to escape reality, the author's politics shoved down a readers throat from the opening chapter is just repugnant. Did not finish, politics do not belong in a cozy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines is a fascinating read, filled with mystery, history, and individual rights. Will Sarah Booth and Tinkie figure out what is happening before Alala is arrested for murder? The Mystery In a nutshell, Dr. Alala Diakos, a feminist, is in town to write a controversial book about women's rights, and she likes to stir up the population. After a riot at the park, an abusive man is killed, and Alala is accused. Alala hires the Delaney Detective Agency to find the real Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines is a fascinating read, filled with mystery, history, and individual rights. Will Sarah Booth and Tinkie figure out what is happening before Alala is arrested for murder? The Mystery In a nutshell, Dr. Alala Diakos, a feminist, is in town to write a controversial book about women's rights, and she likes to stir up the population. After a riot at the park, an abusive man is killed, and Alala is accused. Alala hires the Delaney Detective Agency to find the real killer, but she holds back and won't fill Sarah Booth and Tinkie in on much. There is a men's group in Sunflower County that wants to stop women from being in political office, getting better jobs and anything else that will give them independence. Coleman finds out that Alala has been nearby when two other abusive men were murdered in the same way as the man in Sunflower County. Everything keeps leading to Alala, and now she is missing. I so enjoy reading these mysteries; there is never a dull moment in Zinnia, Mississippi, that is for sure. I saw the clues for the culprit in this one and dismissed them. Perhaps I didn't want to believe that person capable of murdering someone. I picked my own culprit early on, and although my choice was guilty of some things, it wasn't the murders. Well played, Ms. Haines. Roscoe Roscoe, Harold's little dog, plays a part big part in this story as he helps get the riot going at the park. He is getting out and into trouble all over town and seems to know more than Sarah Booth. Alala has taken a shine to Roscoe and has even offered to watch him during the day while Harold is working. I love the fiend, Roscoe. I wouldn't want him to be my dog but I wouldn't mind watching him terrorize a few people. Could Harold and Alala bond over Roscoe and his antics? Tinkie Tinkie is about to pop and is huge. She isn't up for running around in the woods, but don't count her out; she will be there when needed. Oscar is trying his hardest to keep her safe and well-rested; however, Tinkie doesn't always listen. Everyone is there when the baby is born healthy. That is all you get from me. You'll have to read the book for the official birth announcement. I adore Tinkie and agree with Sarah Booth that Tinkie gets more done her way than I do my way, too. I would love to have a best friend like Tinkie. Will this baby change the Delaney Detective Agency? Do you think that Oscar and Tinkie are going to have a few arguments over Tinkie's chosen profession now that she is a mother? Sarah Booth Sarah Booth and Coleman are getting along well. She is still keeping secrets, but Coleman is wise to her this time. This man is the right one for her as he understands and loves her for herself. I think that Coleman is the best man for Sarah Booth. I am so happy that the two of them make each other happy and keep each other guessing at the same time. Jitty is still trying to teach Sarah Booth lessons and help her with her case while staying with the rules that ghosts must abide by. These are the ghosts that Jitty impersonates in this installment. Five Stars I absolutely love everything about this book, the mystery, friendships, relationships, the characters - human and animal; most of all, I love the way that Ms. Haines writes the story and the topics that she chooses. I feel like I learn something, or I am reminded of a memory with every installment. My rating for Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines is five stars. She writes the best southern mysteries. If you haven't read this series, jump in anywhere. I highly recommend it. Other Books in the Series Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of  Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines. Until the next time,   This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines is from one of the most amusing cozy mystery series out there: Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries. Sarah Booth is a frustrated actress. Having discovered that there was no place for her on Broadway, she has returned home to Zinnia, Mississippi where she has become a successful private investigator, along side her partner, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond, alternately as known as the Queen Bee of the Delta. While Sarah Booth is straightforward, often to the point of rudenes Independent Bones by Carolyn Haines is from one of the most amusing cozy mystery series out there: Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries. Sarah Booth is a frustrated actress. Having discovered that there was no place for her on Broadway, she has returned home to Zinnia, Mississippi where she has become a successful private investigator, along side her partner, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond, alternately as known as the Queen Bee of the Delta. While Sarah Booth is straightforward, often to the point of rudeness, Tinkie is the quintessential Southern lady, using her feminine wiles to get her answers. Don't make the mistake of messing with her, though. Between them they have two cats and two dogs, who assist in every investigation. Tinkie is pregnant, about-to-burst pregnant. That isn't stopping her, despite her husband, Oscar's', and Sarah Booth's best efforts. Today find them at a dedication of the part their friend, Harold Erkwell has gifted to the community. Dr Alala Diakos is the speaker and rather than focus on the park, she is focused on her agenda: women and their place in the world. The place erupts into chaos when a particularly unattractive man backhands his wife. Sadly, he ends up dead that night, and Dr Alala ends ups the primary suspect and hires Sarah Booth and Tinkie to prove her innocent. Not that Sarah Booth's boyfriend, Sheriff Coleman wasn't a good investigator and would never be less than fair. Another thing that makes this series special is the sporadic appearance of a ghost, Jitty. Jitty has been part of the family for years, and while she can't tell Sarah Booth things she needs to solve her cases, she can hint and hint she does, always in the guise of a historical character. It is beyond amusing. As are most mysteries, this one is convoluted and the solution is very surprising, encompassing many threads, all laid out expertly by Haines. Of course, the dogs play a vital part, as does Tinkie, despite the efforts to keep her down. Spousal abuse is one topic touched upon in this book, in an eye-opening way. Terrific book. I loved it! I was invited to read a free e-ARC of Independent Bones by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #independentbones

  24. 4 out of 5

    Clwseattle

    Independent Bones disappointed me from its start. I read for pleasure, and while I truly enjoy the history lessons woven into the series, I prefer not to be lectured by authors and their imaginary characters. I'm sick of politics and "social justice" shoveled at me in entertainment. There is nothing about this author's particular soap box with which I disagree, but her books have always been fun, not a scolding. I will admit to being struck by one thought provoking passage: "Was I really acting p Independent Bones disappointed me from its start. I read for pleasure, and while I truly enjoy the history lessons woven into the series, I prefer not to be lectured by authors and their imaginary characters. I'm sick of politics and "social justice" shoveled at me in entertainment. There is nothing about this author's particular soap box with which I disagree, but her books have always been fun, not a scolding. I will admit to being struck by one thought provoking passage: "Was I really acting privileged? Maybe. I chewed on it a moment longer. Because I couldn't imagine a man ever lifting a hand to me, had I had a protected - even privileged - upbringing? Maybe." However, for me the next line ruined the thought: "Wasn't privileged the expectation that things would go a certain way without understanding how that wasn't reality for a lot of people?" No, that's called life. Reality is some people have healthy babies and others do not. Reality is some lose their mothers far too young and others have healthy living generational families. Reality is sometimes we make mistakes, sometimes we make bad choices and sometimes we are gobsmacked by purely accidental events, some of which are evil. Independent Bones is missing Sarah Booth Delaney's sense of adventure and good nature. The eternally pregnant Tinkie is uncharacteristically whiny. Regular characters have no part in Independent Bones where unlikable characters rule, evidently for the sole purpose of annoying us with their authors chosen soap box. The dogs and cat seem to be the most interesting characters. They haven't lost their glee for adventure and never mumbled a word doing so. Somehow I missed The Devil's Bones but frankly I'm inclined not to waste my time. There are too many great books to read that don't lecture me. 3 generous stars for Independent Bones.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    It’s so good to be back in Zinnia, Mississippi, with PI Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie. Tinkie is at that I’m about to pop stage of pregnancy, which just makes me like her more. Her southern manners are slipping and as usual, it’s hilarious. Sarah Booth is at the new park that Harold donated and speaking is a woman Sarah Booth doesn’t know. Dr. Alala Diakos is a visiting professor who is at Ole Miss in Oxford for a year, working on a book and inciting men, as she demands women stand It’s so good to be back in Zinnia, Mississippi, with PI Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie. Tinkie is at that I’m about to pop stage of pregnancy, which just makes me like her more. Her southern manners are slipping and as usual, it’s hilarious. Sarah Booth is at the new park that Harold donated and speaking is a woman Sarah Booth doesn’t know. Dr. Alala Diakos is a visiting professor who is at Ole Miss in Oxford for a year, working on a book and inciting men, as she demands women stand up for themselves and demand equal pay and rights. But this is Mississippi, where I don’t think we could vote until not that long ago. And these are some deeply southern bred men, who expect their women in the kitchen or cleaning the house. One particularly loud man, Curtis, whose wife, Tansy is in the ER regularly because she doesn’t know her place. But try to get her to press charges and she will defend him like a momma bear. As the crowd gets fired up, Sarah discovers a rifle aimed at the speaker. Is it Curtis’s? Sarah calls her boyfriend Sheriff Coleman, who takes this seriously and offers the visiting professor police protection. But Alala isn’t interested in protection or men. And when Curtis is found dead, Alala shows up on Sarah Booth’s porch looking for help in proving her innocence. Only she’s not helping her case when it’s found that she threatened him in a bar. Nor does it look good when more than one man is dead and she is a suspect. It’s always a good time with this crowd. Sarah Booth is a strong, female who by the way has a friend who happens to be a ghost. All the characters are fully developed by now and I always have a laugh at Tinkie, who may be giving birth in the yard. Well Done! NetGalley/ May 18th, 2021 by Minotaur Books

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Here we are with the 23rd mystery featuring Sara Booth Delaney, Jitty, Tinkie, CeCe, Harold and his dog, Roscoe and her boyfriend, Coleman. The rest of the regular cast is here, too. This time the PI pair of Sarah Booth and Tinkie are involved in a case os spousal abuse and several homicides which may or may not be connected. A feminist professor has arrived in town and boy, does she poke the hornets nest with her speech in the new park. Fists start flying and the police arrive to sort it out. T Here we are with the 23rd mystery featuring Sara Booth Delaney, Jitty, Tinkie, CeCe, Harold and his dog, Roscoe and her boyfriend, Coleman. The rest of the regular cast is here, too. This time the PI pair of Sarah Booth and Tinkie are involved in a case os spousal abuse and several homicides which may or may not be connected. A feminist professor has arrived in town and boy, does she poke the hornets nest with her speech in the new park. Fists start flying and the police arrive to sort it out. Then Roscoe, the devil dog, leads Sarah Booth to a sniper's nest and its sights are set on the professor. Soon enough Professor Alala Diakos is under police scrutiny and she turns to Sarah Booth and Tinkie to help clear her name. Will the case be solved before Tinkie has her baby? This series is a cozy that doesn't shy away from serious topics and this one is no exception. The dead man at the center of the park dust up was a long time and well known wife beater but his wife stuck with him. He was also a member od a group of men who would see all women back in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant, with no rights unless a man decided to give her some. Independence isn't easy to get or to keep. Though this is a serious subject the relationships between the cast of regular characters and the humor along with the various animals lighten things up. As usual, any visit to Zinnia, Mississippi in the company of Sarah Booth et all is a great escape, like visiting old friends. My thanks to the publisher Minotaur and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Woodhouse

    This is the second Sarah Booth mystery that I have read and had really looked forward to. The writing itself is always good and I love that it's set in Mississippi. A place I have heard so much about and always curious enough to want to go there. I love the idea of Sarah Booth, Tinkie and the Delaney Private Investigators firm. I think they're both very good at what they do and they help a lot of people. I wish Coleman the sheriff had more deputies to help but having a P.I. to help gets the job This is the second Sarah Booth mystery that I have read and had really looked forward to. The writing itself is always good and I love that it's set in Mississippi. A place I have heard so much about and always curious enough to want to go there. I love the idea of Sarah Booth, Tinkie and the Delaney Private Investigators firm. I think they're both very good at what they do and they help a lot of people. I wish Coleman the sheriff had more deputies to help but having a P.I. to help gets the job done. I also love how the animals are included in the hijinks and each have their own personalities. That being said, I did not care at all for the mystery in this book. After the last book, I was so excited for this one and in all honesty, I had to force my way through it. However, that's my personal opinion and even though I did not care for the mystery, it did not at all take away from the wonderful writing of the book itself. Jitty and all the critters are most definitely my favorite characters in this book. I really do like Sarah Booth, Tinkie, Coleman, and a lot of the other characters. I like the sense of community and the small town atmosphere. I am very much interested to see where the next book goes. I received this ARC from Netgalley to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna Townsend

    You know that feeling when you see a friend you’ve not seen in a year or so? (We all do after this past year!) It’s like no time has passed and you pick up where you left off. That’s what reading a Sarah Booth Delany book is like. Once again we are in the midst of the Zinnia gang and feel like we are home with old, albeit quirky, friends. Sarah Booth and a very pregnant Tinkie are hired to prove an outspoken feminist professor has not killed a local fella, known to be a bully and an abusive husba You know that feeling when you see a friend you’ve not seen in a year or so? (We all do after this past year!) It’s like no time has passed and you pick up where you left off. That’s what reading a Sarah Booth Delany book is like. Once again we are in the midst of the Zinnia gang and feel like we are home with old, albeit quirky, friends. Sarah Booth and a very pregnant Tinkie are hired to prove an outspoken feminist professor has not killed a local fella, known to be a bully and an abusive husband. In the midst of their search, they discover their client is linked to two other murders as well. For Sarah Booth her problem is keeping Tinkie safe and out of harm’s way. Of course Tinkie does not go along with that. I liked Jitty’s appearances SO much: she portrayed a series of very independent women indeed. Not all of them had lived on the right side of the law, but her message was clear. And there was the offer of an opening on Thursdays . . . should Sarah Booth be interested in a bit of . . . well, you know. The offer did not come from Coleman. I still find myself telling Sarah Booth not to go into that room or to tell Coleman where she is going or to bring her gun. Of course she doesn’t listen to me and the adventures continue. This series continues to engage and entertain and is not to be missed! Love it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This is the 23rd in the Sarah Booth mystery series and the first I've ever read. Obviously I was missing a bit of backstory for some of the characters, but I don't feel that in any way took away from the experience. This is a well-crafted mystery. There are twists and turns, adequate clues, and a decent pool of suspects. I did not even come close to guessing who the murderer was. Sarah Booth and I figured it out at the same time, and I loved that because I appreciate a mystery that keeps me puzz This is the 23rd in the Sarah Booth mystery series and the first I've ever read. Obviously I was missing a bit of backstory for some of the characters, but I don't feel that in any way took away from the experience. This is a well-crafted mystery. There are twists and turns, adequate clues, and a decent pool of suspects. I did not even come close to guessing who the murderer was. Sarah Booth and I figured it out at the same time, and I loved that because I appreciate a mystery that keeps me puzzling it out for a long time. I liked all of the main characters. There is such a sense of community and love between them. Sarah Booth was fabulous. Her intelligence, strength, and above all her loyalty to her friends, both human and animal, impressed me. The one character that threw me was Jitty who is a ghost who appears in a variety of disguises. I actually had to look online to figure out what was going on with her. But once I established she was a ghost who appears to drop clues about the mystery she made more sense. I am absolutely going back to read the first 22 books in this series! I received this book free from goodreads giveaways in exchange for an impartial review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha

    Make sure you read the other books in the series first! I wish I would’ve realized this was part of a series where this book was down the line, because the entire time I felt that I was missing bits and pieces of the characters as well as the town’s backstories and it affected my reading. Thankfully, I was able to get into the swing of things eventually and started enjoying the book. Sarah and her best friend/partner Tinkey are trying to take things slow since Tinkey is about to give birth, but Make sure you read the other books in the series first! I wish I would’ve realized this was part of a series where this book was down the line, because the entire time I felt that I was missing bits and pieces of the characters as well as the town’s backstories and it affected my reading. Thankfully, I was able to get into the swing of things eventually and started enjoying the book. Sarah and her best friend/partner Tinkey are trying to take things slow since Tinkey is about to give birth, but when the whole town is attending a speech for Dr. Diakos, Sarah stumbles upon an attempted assassination of her and is immediately on the case. With the help of Sarah’s boyfriend, she is able to gain information about Dr. Diakos’ past and get to the bottom of what is fact and fiction as well as who would be behind everything. I enjoyed the fact that I was constantly kept guessing about who was behind everything and why the murders were happening and reading Sarah work through the different theories also made it a great read. In the end, Sarah solves everything and Tinkey has her baby, and the pair are ready for the next mystery! I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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