cover image Lady of Bones

Lady of Bones

Carolyn Haines. Minotaur, $26.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-83372-3

In Haines’s taut 24th Sarah Booth Delaney mystery (after 2021’s Independent Bones), the Zinnia, Miss., PI is approached by Frances “Frankie” Moore, an old friend of her late mother, to find Frankie’s daughter, Christa, who has gone missing in New Orleans. When Sarah Booth travels to the Big Easy and delves into the case with her sheriff boyfriend, Coleman Peters, and her partner in the Delaney Detective Agency, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond, she discovers a trail of disappearances—not only Christa but also Christa’s artist friend, Britta Wagner, as well as a friend of Britta’s. As a budding investigative journalist, Christa was examining the disturbing activities of a local cult, heightening Sarah Booth’s apprehension about the intended fate of Christa and Britta, as well as her own personal danger, as Halloween—a key event for the cult—approaches. Haines’s message about vulnerable people who are prey to unscrupulous individuals, juxtaposed with the determination of Sarah Booth’s circle to find the missing women, adds poignancy. Cozy readers will enjoy spending time with Sarah Booth and company. Agent: Marian Young, Young Agency. (June)