Can’t Wait for Carolyn Haines’s The Devil’s Bones

Tuesday is gone and Thursday hasn’t arrived, so that must mean it’s time for Can’t-Wait Wednesday. This week I’ve been thinking a lot about long-running series. There’s something so nice about finishing a book I love only to realize there are ten, twenty more just waiting for me to jump into. Even better than that? When the author has a brand new addition coming right around the calendar corner.

Today I’m waiting for…

Last year Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction introduced me to Sarah Booth Delaney, the private investigator concocted by Carolyn Haines, with her fantastic review of Game of Bones. The book seemed to have everything I was looking for in a good read at the time. A solid mystery, quirky character, a hint of danger. Plus it sounded wickedly funny.

The only trouble? It’s the twentieth book in the series.

So as good as it sounded, I held off and eventually snagged the first book, Them Bones. And then the next one … and the next one … and, well, you can see where this is going. As much as Stephanie talked the series up, nothing could have prepared me for how deeply funny it really is.

And though I’m not quite caught up entirely, I’m looking forward to eventually getting around to Sarah Booth’s twenty-first adventure after it’s released.

I can’t wait.

From the publisher:

Spunky southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney tackles a thorny murder while away on a girls’ weekend.

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.

Daniel identifies the dead man as local lawyer Perry Slay, who was well known for his sly and underhanded dealings, and had plenty of people out for his blood. When Erick Ward, a local pharmacist, is arrested, Sarah Booth takes the case.

As the bodies pile up like a pillar of salt and the suspect list grows as long as the River Jordan, Sarah Booth, Cece, and Tinkie must resurrect the truth before their own lives—and that of Tinkie’s unborn child—are endangered.

Title: The Devil’s Bones
Series: Sarah Booth Delaney #21
Author: Carolyn Haines
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Expected Publication: May 12, 2020
Classification: Cozy Mystery

Haines’s Website | Goodreads

Note: Can’t Wait Wednesday is a feature hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you come away with an expanded TBR pile.


  1. So many books! It sounds like a great series. I love mysteries like these and will definitely have to add this series to my wish list. I hope you enjoy the latest! Stay safe and well.

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