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