Book Notes Review: Lights, Camera, Bones

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martins Press/Minotaur Books for a free ecopy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Lights, Camera, Bones

A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery #27
by Carolyn Haines

Publisher’s Summary

The latest novel in the series that Kirkus Reviews characterizes as “Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” featuring sassy Southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.
Delaney Detective Agency gets a taste of the spotlight when they are called to a case on a movie set in Greenville, MS, right on the Mississippi River. Marlon Brandon, heir to a wealthy and influential political family, has brought a film crew to town to film a drama about the 1927 flood that submerged a great deal of Greenville. Marlon wants the world to know the story of the flood—and the heroic role the Brandon ancestors played in rescuing dozens of local residents from drowning.
Or at least that was the plan until he disappeared. If this weren’t concerning enough, the situation appears even more dire when a severed foot is discovered in the Mississippi River, and clues indicate that Marlon may have fallen victim to a freak bull shark attack.
But as rumors swirl around the Delta about Marlon’s motives for making the film, Sarah Booth and Tinkie have to wonder whether a shark is to blame, or an equally ferocious human offender. The show must go on, and Sarah Booth and her crew will have to investigate all manner of creatures, over land and sea, in order to solve the mystery and save the day.

My Thoughts

I skimmed through most of this book. The pace was a bit slow for me. I also had difficulty with one of the plot points. The characters didn’t interest me either. In short, this book wasn’t for me.
But having said that, this book might be for you. This is #27 in the series, so that tells me this author’s writing style appeals to a lot of readers. A series of this length is a fantastic accomplishment! Read the excerpt on the publisher’s page to see if this book is one that interests you.

Carolyn Haines’ website

Publishing Info

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Mystery, cozy mystery
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781250885944
Pub date: 5/21/24

Book Notes Review A Limited Edition Murder by Lauren Elliott

Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for a free copy of the e-book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Book cover for A Limited Edition Murder

A Limited Edition Murder

Book 10 in the Beyond The Page Mystery series
by Lauren Elliott

Publisher’s Summary

While in England, a first edition of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights leads bookstore owner Addie Greyborne to a murder on the moors . . .

Although enjoying her extended stay working at Second Chance Books and Bindery in West Yorkshire, Addie still feels adrift—far from home, her friends, and her own beloved bookstore, Beyond the Page Books and Curios. The engagement party of her dear friend, Tony, at Milton Manor promises to be a joyful distraction. But there’s an ill wind blowing at the estate: When Tony presents his fiancé with a special copy of Wuthering Heights as an engagement gift, the lord of the manor insists the book was stolen from his library . . .

Things go from troubling to tragic when Addie takes her Yorkipoo, Pippi, out for a walk on the moors and stumbles across the body of a young woman. When the police suspect Tony of foul play, Addie vows to get to the bottom of what’s going on. But it’s a twisted, treacherous path to the truth and Addie will need to watch her every step . . .

 

My Thoughts

For A Limited Edition Murder, Addie Greyborne is living in England. Moving her to England adds new characters and new settings to the series. When the book starts, Addie has been in England for a year. She’s planning on returning home to Massachusetts after the engagement party of her good friend, Tony. She’s having mixed emotions about leaving England. She has a job she enjoys, and she’s made solid friendships she isn’t sure she’s ready to leave.
It’s a conflict that carries throughout the book—does she stay in England or return to Massachusetts?
One thing that is the same. Even in England, Addie finds herself caught up in a murder. She discovers a body on the moors, and she recognizes the woman from Tony’s engagement party from the night before. The investigation brings her into contact with Detective Inspector Noah Parker, former London Metropolitan Police detective. Sparks of irritation fly as they try to solve the murder.

I loved this book. I’ve read all the books in the series, and A Limited Edition Murder is the best book yet. The new British characters are well-written. The mystery is complicated and kept me guessing. A cold case is thrown into the mix, further complicating the story. And the ending! I’m already eager to read the next book in the series.

5/5 stars.

Lauren Elliott’s website

 

Other books in the series

Publisher’s Info

Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Genre: FICTION / MYSTERY & DETECTIVE / WOMEN SLEUTHS
Pages: 320
Pub date: 5/21/24
ISBN: 9781496735195