By Carolyn Haines


Publisher: Minotaur Books (July, 2020)
Format: Hardcover
Price: $26.99
ISBN-13: 978-1-250-25786-4

Kindle edition: $13.99

*** The paperback edition will be released April 27, 2021. ($7.99) ISBN-13: 978-1250257840

A Sarah Booth Delaney mystery (Book 21 of 23)


Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
(December, 2020)


Sarah Booth Delaney and her best pals, journalist Cece and the newly pregnant Tinkie were looking forward to a relaxing spa visit over Easter weekend. All is well until they attend a sunrise Easter service in the Garden of Bones, a miniature replica of the Holy Land near the spa. They set off for a stroll through the meticulously recreated Biblical landscape, marveling at the beauty and historical detail. The serenity of the morning was shattered when they discover the body of a man, face down in the River Jordon.

The victim is identified as Percy Slay, a litigious and vindictive lawyer best known for his underhanded dealings and lack of scruples. The list of suspects is a mile long, with pharmacist Eric Ward at the top.

Eric loudly proclaims his innocence, and hires the Delaney Detective Agency, consisting of Sarah Booth and Tinkie, to exonerate him. He talks a good game and Sarah Booth wants to believe him, but as the bodies continue to pile up, her faith in him is shaken by his erratic behavior and his failure to share important information. Sheriff Glory Howard gives him a few breaks, but he keeps pushing his boundaries.

In the quest to clear Eric, danger follows Sarah Booth, Tinkie and Cece throughout the county. She and Tinkie are shot at twice in one day, and Cece disappears on her way home. If they can’t find the killer soon, they may all be dancing with the devil.

Sarah Booth’s beau, Sunflower County sheriff Coleman, sums it up succinctly: “Sarah Booth, I swear. You go off for a girlfriends’ weekend and you get in more trouble than an egg-sucking hound dog.”

The latest in the long-running series is as charming and refreshing as magnolia blossoms. The scenery, the scents, the lushness of the Mississippi Delta comes alive on the page. The characters are all fully developed, each one unique. I look forward to the future adventures of Sarah Booth, Cece, Tinkie, and their beaus. Highly recommended. 

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