Published by Minotaur Books on May 14th 2019
The next charming mystery from Carolyn Haines featuring spunky southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.
Dr. Frank Hafner is an archeologist working on excavating a new-found Native American temple site in the Mississippi Delta. He's also too handsome for his own good, and a bit of a flirt. Oddly enough, it's the first quality that gets him in trouble when he discovers the ritualistic murder of one of his archeological crew. When Coleman Peters, Sheriff and Sarah Booth's boyfriend, takes Dr. Hafner in for questioning in the murder, the accused doctor hires Sarah Booth to clear his name.
Soon, Sarah Booth has uncovered a number of possible suspects, but she can't narrow them down fast enough to stem the continuing violence that seems to trace back to Dr. Hafner's dig. When Peter Deerstalker, a member of the Tunica tribe, mentions a curse, it doesn't seem so far-fetched--especially when a young graduate student on the site claims someone on the site is searching for something much more precious than ancient pottery...
Something spooky is going on in the Mississippi Delta, and though Sarah Booth isn't sure who to trust, or what to believe, she knows she won't rest until she's dug up the truth.
For the longest time I haven’t been able to refrain from admiring the book cover selected for this week. Every time I find myself on NetGalley I come across the cover for Game of Bones by Carolyn Haines and I immediately read, and re-read, the synopsis to verify if it’ll be a good candidate for our Favorite Cover Friday feature. Sadly, the synopsis hasn’t intrigued me enough, or as much as the book cover. Plus, Game of Bones is number twenty in its series (yikes!) and I’m a stickler for reading a series in order, so this’ll be a huge project to begin if I’m not seriously interested.
I won’t completely count this story, or its series, out because I really would like to know the story behind the cover. Who knows, I might try it as an audiobook … oops I just put my hold request in at my local library for the first title, Them Bones.
If what I’m seeing from the other books in this series, and the synopsis for book one, I think this might be the cozy mystery series that will convert me to the other side. Meaning, I have never really read a cozy mystery, unless you count Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich as a cozy mystery, and have always veered towards the general mystery/suspense/thriller genres. With everything else in my reading life changing I’m hopeful that Them Bones will be the start of something good since I’ve found that some of the authors I’ve enjoyed reading just aren’t doing it for me anymore.
For example, when I began the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen, Face of Deception, I was so hooked into this series that you couldn’t tell me that it wasn’t going to become a permanent member (as permanent as any book can be on anyone’s shelves) on by bookshelf. But around the third or fourth book the romance between Eve and Quinn started to get on my nerves, not because they were irritating together but because I fell in love with this series (or what I read of it so far) because they helped me get away from the romance genre.
Another example comes from Lisa Gardner’s D.D. Warren and Flora Dane series. I found that her stories aren’t that interesting to me except for when I listen to them on audio. I’ve listened to one of her books within this series, Find Her, and I’ve added other books within her other series, but I’ve never committed to reading any of them.
With that being said, I’ll still try my hand at many different stories that seem interesting and hope that they stick, but for right now I’m willing to try Them Bones to see if I’ll eventually get to read Game of Bones by Carolyn Haines.
“Favorite Cover Fridays” is a weekly meme by Crafting By The Pound. It’s all about book covers; how they look and how we feel about them. Being able to admire book covers both far and wide is one of the pleasures of being a book lover, so this post is 100% dedicated to gushing over the chosen cover during your week that has impacted you the most, that has induced you in cover lust.