Crossed Bones

Crossed Bones

eBook - 2003
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Sarah Booth Delaney is no ordinary P.I.A born-and-bred Mississippi belle, she struggles to hold on to her family's plantation and keeps up a running conversation with the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny, a busybody who decks herself out in a stunning new outfit every day--and schemes to save Sarah Booth from spinsterhood. Not one to wait around for a white knight, Sarah takes on the kind of cases no one else will touch. Like trying to exonerate a man accused of murdering Sunflower County's most popular musician. The two men met in prison: Ivory Keys, a gifted black blues pianist, and Scott Hampton, a rich white boy turned racist. Somewhere between the two men, a spark was lit. And by the time he came out of the joint, Scott Hampton had not only renounced his racist ways, he had learned to play a blues guitar that made grown women go weak in the knees. So why did Scott plunge a steel shank into his mentor's chest? Ivory's widow doesn't think he did, and she's paid Sarah Booth to prove it. No easy task, especially since the delicate racial harmony of Sunflower County is threatening to come undone under the heat of Sarah Booth's investigation. For a woman feeling a little heat of her own--navigating between a rich, available businessman, a married lawman with a waffling heart, and the sexy bluesman who is angling to become much more than her client--this case is taking dangerous twists. A town's slumbering passions have awakened with a jolt, a matchmaking ghost is dressed up like Jackie O, and Sarah Booth is caught between her need to know the truth and the consequences it will have on her town--and on her life. With riveting suspense and a sparkling cast of unforgettable characters. A rich portrait of a part of America grappling with its past, its illusions, and its hopes.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780440334248
0440334241
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 24 cm

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NYSandy23
Jun 19, 2017

This is the fourth in the series about Sarah Booth Delaney and each one is better than the others. Sarah is a southern belle who is the emancipated version of southern women. While she knows all the "rules" she chooses not to use them as she cuts a wide swath through the Delta of Mississippi. This story takes on a bit of race relations in the south woven through a killing, a romance or two and a bit of music fantasy. Sarah has a delightful cast of characters who help her move through life in Zinnia. Can't wait to revisit the Delta for the next book in the series.

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barbaralouisa
Mar 03, 2017

Good read. This is not the first book with the main character but it was not difficult to work out the story line. I will check other books now by this author.

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