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LIGHTS, CAMERA, BONES by Carolyn Haines


by Carolyn Haines

Pub Date: May 21st, 2024
ISBN: 9781250885944
Publisher: Minotaur

A movie company filming in Greenville, Mississippi, gets pushback from people with secrets to hide.

The movie is ostensibly about the 1927 flood that killed and displaced many but made fortunes for others. Though it’s billed as an action flick starring Marlon Brandon, scion of a wealthy and politically powerful family with deep roots in the area, some locals fear a hidden agenda. Private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney and Tinkie Bellcase Richmond, her partner in detection, also have deep roots in Greenville, and Coleman Peters, Sarah Booth’s life partner, is the sheriff in the adjoining county. So when a gaffer vanishes, the insurance company hires the women to find him before the film goes down the drain. Local loudmouth Lamar Bilbo, who’s already been complaining that the film will make Mississippi residents look bad, is joined by bookshop owner Mary Dayle McCormick in an attempt to use any means possible to shut down the production. When Marlon disappears, his grandfather, Senator Brandon Brandon, ask the sleuths to find him even though his relationship with Marlon has never been loving. A water search discloses the gaffer’s severed foot, and everyone fears the worst. The foot was severed by one of the sharks known for occasionally swimming up the Mississippi; having a shark around makes the search for Brandon much more dangerous. Sarah Booth and Tinkie search everywhere they think Marlon or his body could be hidden and suspect everyone involved in the film. Who has a secret so powerful that they’re willing to kill for it?

The tough-as-nails Mississippi belles reveal more than just a killer in their exciting quest for the truth.