In Zinnia, Mississippi the old code of the south still
reigns supreme. "Daddy's Girls", those females who grow up
the daughter of a rich man and learn all they can to marry
a wealthy man are in plentiful supply. Sara Booth Delaney
started life as a "Daddy's Girl" but when her parents died
in a freak accident, she had to grow up in a hurry.
Although she wants to keep the family estate of Dahlia
House, she wants to pay off the family promissory notes by
using her salary as a private detective.
Her partner in the agency is Binky, an intelligent Daddy's
Girl (oxymoron?) with their office being Dahlia House
haunted by Jiltty, the ghost of Sara's great-great
grandmother's nanny. Sara's latest case is heartbreaking
as Lee McBride confesses to the murder of her abusive
husband Kemper but nobody believes she did it. Although
the prime suspect is Lee's daughter, there are a lot of
other people who wished him dead. Sara Booth has plenty of
suspects with viable motives but the one thing she lacks is
what she desperately needs: proof.
Carolyn Haines is a colorful and creative writer who
captures the atmosphere of the old south (or at least one
aspect of it) to perfection. The heroine's interactions
with the ghost are hilarious and add comic relief to a very
fast paced, angst-laden plot. SPLINTERED BONES is a unique
mystery that will be enjoyed by those fans wanting
something different in their mystery reading material.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 2, 2002