A winter freeze is casting its spell of frigid winds and icy conditions
over the small town of Zinna, Mississippi and Private Investigator Sarah
Booth Delaney is tired. She wants nothing more than to snuggle down
on her comfy couch and watch her favourite movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Just as she reaches the part she loves, Sarah gets interrupted by Jitty,
her resident ghost in her heritage home called Dahlia House; then by a
phone call from her best friend Tinkie and partner in her detective
agency. It seems all hell is breaking loose and Tinkie tells Sarah to get
to the Sunflower County Board of Education meeting ASAP!
Arriving, Sarah soon finds out that three sexy and intelligent sisters are
bent on opening a Wiccan School for children and residents can use
their school vouchers to help cover the tuition costs. Kitten Fontana
has gotten the mob whipped into a frenzy against the sisters. The
meeting is in a total uproar with Kitten's opposition to the school and
now she claims her teenage son Corey is missing as well. As Sarah tries
to get Kitten under control, Kitten hires her to find her son for a very
generous amount. With house repairs to cover, Sarah holds her nose
and accepts the contract. Corey is a troublemaker. Is he just hiding or
do the sister witches have him?
As Sarah digs for information, she tries to find a connection to what is
going on at the house and old dairy property that the sisters, Faith,
Hope, and Charity Harrington want to turn into a school and small shop.
Unexpectedly, strange things and a murder happen. Can Sarah find the
evidence she needs in time? What is really going on? Are the sisters
really just white witches as they claim?
Bestselling author Carolyn Haines is the master storyteller of CHARMED BONES, the 18th novel in
her Sarah Booth Delaney
Mystery series. Personally, I found it to be one of her best in
this acclaimed series which is a bit stronger than the usual cozy
mysteries, but not overly paranormal. Haines certain knows how to pull
a reader right into her southern setting and keeps the story moving
between Sarah's investigations and her personal romance with Sheriff
While CHARMED BONES can be
read as a stand-alone book quite easily, the richness and peculiarities
of the characters can be more fully enjoyed by having read at least a
few of the earlier books in the series. Longtime Haines fans are sure to
relish the return of many characters as well as some new intriguing
ones. The characters all have their quirks; yet, Haines makes them
believable and vivid in their actions and roles. I especially appreciated
the interactions and dialogues between Sarah and Tinkie, her partner in
her detective agency, which are very humourous, despite Tinkie's
obsession with getting pregnant.
CHARMED BONES is a treat for
any mystery lover! There is lots of suspense, twists and turns and a
surprising ending! So, get your copy and enjoy the sleuthing with
Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the
arrival of three sister witches—and their intention to open
a Wiccan boarding school—sets the small town on its ear. And
bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and
Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up
their boarding school in an old dairy—a piece of property
with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing
in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.
When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective
Agency is hired to find the youth—who’s well known as a
local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married
to the kind of land development, believes the witches have
abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing
to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can
implicate the witches in his disappearance.
When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond,
find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series
of events that include midnight dances under a full moon,
love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals…
or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they
claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before
more people are harmed.