By Carolyn Haines
Minotaur Books, $24.99, 340 pages

Sarah Booth Delaney has a lot to juggle: a family home that needs to be renovated, a fiancé and her investigation business. However, she can’t resist taking on a new investigation case involving the theft of a necklace from two prominent sisters in nearby Natchez, Mississippi. Things quickly get more complicated when one sister, Monica Levert, goes missing. Delving into the investigation and quickly getting over her head, Sarah uncovers more family secrets than even she could have imagined – and puts herself in danger one more time.

Bones of a Feather is the eleventh novel in the Sarah Booth Delaney series by author Carolyn Haines and by appearance looks like a fun, frolicking novel. Sadly, appearances are deceiving in this case and what should be a light-hearted mystery turns into a plodding and silly mess. The decisions made by the main character are illogical and aren’t ones that a P.I. should make. The supporting characters are fairly stereotypical (the flirty best friend, the mysterious man in black, etc.) and add little to the plot. This is a book best left dead and buried.

Reviewed by Barbara Cothern