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Game of Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery    by Carolyn Haines order for
Game of Bones
by Carolyn Haines
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Minotaur, 2019 (2019)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Game of Bones is the twentieth (!) of Carolyn Haines cozy Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries, and at this stage in the series, Sarah Booth is getting very cozy with Sheriff Coleman Peters - though not cozy enough to satisfy ghost Jitty, who steadily haunts Sarah Booth, urging her to produce offspring.

As the story opens in March, a corpse is found in a Native-American archeological site, the Mound Salla dig in Sunflower County, Mississippi. It's believed to be 'a sacred site for the Tunica tribe that once settled all up and down the Mississippi River.' The most likely perp is archaeology crew leader, Dr. Frank Hafner, who flirts constantly, including an attempt to engage Sarah Booth. Given police interest in him, he hires the Delaney Detective Agency to clear his name.

Sarah Booth and Tinkie get to work and find plenty who strongly disliked the dead woman, Dr. Sandra Wells, but enough to cut her throat? Soon, Tinkie sums it all up as 'A ritual sacrifice of a body, graves unearthed, the Native Americans unhappy, the discovery of a cellar beneath the house that burned mysteriously, ghosts of dead Baileys running around the property, and now a Laveau relative putting curses on people.'

All par for the course of a Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, though, as are the bullets flying at herself and people she loves, one of whom has quite a surprise for her. As always, this series offers tons of fun - may it long continue.

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