Hallowed Bones by Carolyn Haines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoy these books. P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney finds herself and her partner, Tinky, involved in helping a young woman from New Orleans who is accused of poisoning her severely disabled infant when she is found in Mississippi visiting the grave of her flamboyant mother. The young woman is a faith healer and seems to be a gentle and loving person incapable of harming her daughter.
The plot itself is very interesting, but the life of Sarah Booth and her "haint" Jitty adds a great deal to the story. Sarah Booth is torn between the man she feels she loves, the married sheriff, and a much more suitable suitor. The sheriff refuses to let the relationship develop because of the vows he made to his neurotic wife. You have to be rooting in the corner for the two of them, at the same time, you can't help but admire the decency of the sheriff. In the background is Jitty telling Sarah Booth that her biological clock is ticking away and that she has a duty to her ancestors to get married and produce offspring. The mystery is a bit light weight, but all in all, a very good, if light, read.
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