Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Review: The Devil's Bones by Carolyn Haines

by Carolyn Haines
Release Date: July 21st 2020
2020 Minotaur Books
Hardcover Edition; 368 Pages
ISBN: 978-1250257864
ASIN: B0818P8W8L
Genre: Fiction / Mystery / Paranormal
Source: Review copy from publisher

3.5 / 5 Stars

Sarah Booth and Cece are in Lucedale, Mississippi, where the newly-pregnant Tinkie is treating her friends to a girls' weekend at the fabulous new Bexley B&B. The facials, organics, food, and fitness coaches are supposed to be phenomenal, but Tinkie's primary aim is to attend the Sunrise Easter Services at the incredible Palestinian Gardens, a miniature Holy Land that spreads over 20 acres and has recreations of all parts of Jerusalem—and to speak with the Biblical scholar, gardener, and creator of the Palestinian Garden Daniel Reynolds.

After waking up at the crack of dawn for the service the three friends wander around the gardens, taking in the wonder of entire cities in miniature and the acres of the Holy Land, with the River Jordan winding through it all. The day is brightening when the find themselves at the Mount of Olives—with a dead body.
My Thoughts
The Devil's Bones is the next entry in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series, one of my favourite cozy mystery series as it simply has everything; humour, paranormal activity, friendship, loyalty, and great characters. That being said however, this is probably not my favourite book in the series.
First of all, I really loved the setting in this one, which didn't take place in Zinnia, but in Lucedale, Mississippi.  Celebrating the end of their last difficult case and the fact that Tinkie is pregnant, the women decide to have a girls' trip to a luxury B&B and check out the Palestine Gardens, a local attraction.  I've included a picture here as I had no idea something like this existed.

The plot line would have been great if the author had just stuck to the mystery developed in this story, but unfortunately, a previous situation was brought into this one and I don't really feel it was justified and just took away from the enjoyment of this book.  My first thought was, Really? Why?  I'm not adverse to a story carrying on from book to book but sometimes it just needs to stay away.  

The mystery in Lucedale was quite interesting and if the author had just stuck to that, it would have been a lot more fun.  Although it was easy to figure out who the culprit was, I had a lot of fun following the girls on their journey as they tried to figure it all out.  Other than CeCe taking off with a stranger, despite the reasons for it, at least nobody did something really stupid or rash in this one, where the police and company come at the exact perfect moment to save the day and all is well.  Yes, that was sarcasm. 
The Devil's Bones was another fun entry in the Sarah Booth Delaney series, but was not my favourite of the series. I enjoyed the witty dialogue between the characters and it definitely helps to have read the previous entries in this series when it comes to the banter and humour between them.  I enjoyed the mystery and I definitely like this author's writine style, but would have enjoyed it a lot more if the author had just focused on the mystery in Lucedale without trying to set up the next book(s) in the series.  I just didn't think it was necessary.  


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