Independent Bones

Carolyn Haines. Minotaur, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-25787-1
The shooting murder of Curtis Miller, “a well-known domestic abuser,” kick-starts Haines’s middling 23rd Sarah Booth Delaney mystery (2020’s A Garland of Bones). The prime suspect, Greek literature professor Alala Diakos, who has come to Zinnia, Miss., to write a book on the battle for women’s rights in America, hires Sarah Booth to prove her innocence. When Sarah Booth asks her PI partner, Tinkie Richmond, about Dr. Diakos’s philosophy, Tinkie answers: “Men who abuse women should be exterminated with the utmost efficiency. Hopefully, by a mob of angry women.” That the professor was on the suspect list for two similar murders doesn’t discourage Sarah Booth, and she and Tinkie set out to discover who else might have wanted Miller dead. Sarah Booth’s intuition tells her that the three murders are connected, but what could Miller, a nonacademic, have in common with the other victims, an English professor at Ole Miss and a sociologist at Vanderbilt? The unfocused, digressive plot builds to a hurried resolution that leaves readers with unanswered questions. Cozy fans attuned to the #MeToo movement may want to check this one out. Agent: Marian Young, Young Agency. (May)
Reviewed on : 04/06/2021
Release date: 05/18/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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