Lady of Bones

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Sarah Booth Delaney, Bk. 24). Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250833723. $26.99. M
Haines crafts a mystery that combines solving crimes with supernatural elements in the 24th “Sarah Booth Delaney” title (following Independent Bones). It opens with Sarah Booth, a private investigator, and her friends preparing for Halloween festivities in their Mississippi town. But soon, Sarah heads to New Orleans to find out what happened to a young journalist, Christa, who went missing while investigating the disappearance of young women over a five-year period—one a year and always during Halloween. Christa’s mother, Frankie, has turned to the Delaney Detective Agency because she suspects a Garden District-based group known as People of Eternity is responsible. The group could include members of New Orleans’ law enforcement community. Soon Sarah, her boyfriend, Coleman, and Frankie delve into a world of cults, rituals, sex trafficking, and the quest for immortality, all while trying to find the missing women. With the French Quarter and Garden District as a backdrop, readers will experience New Orleans along with the characters.
VERDICT Fans of the series will welcome another visit with Sarah Booth and the other quirky characters. So will fans of Southern-based sleuths. This fast-paced book, with its well-developed plot, will keep readers turning pages and following the action.
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