Haines talks a good mystery during LWB

Carolyn Haines is a favorite author of the Luncheon With Books series and will return to the Bryan Public Library at noon Wednesday
Staff Writer

Celebrated author Carolyn Haines is not only bringing her latest book in the Bones mystery series "Sticks and Bones" to the noon Luncheon With Books series Wednesday, July 12, at the Bryan Public Library. She has also published "Familiar Trouble" now in paperback and the latest in the Pluto's Snitch series "The House of Memory" in time for Luncheon With Books.


"Sticks and Bones is the seventeenth book in the Bones series," Lucille Armstrong, president of Friends of the Library said. "We are always happy to have Carolyn come and share her latest book or in this case, books, with us."

The Sarah Booth Delaney "cozy" mysteries are what Haines is best best known for, but after retiring from teaching, Haines has more time to devote to writing. She is bringing three books to Luncheon With Books.

A short narrative of what to expect from "Sticks and Bones" follows:

Private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends are celebrating New Year’s Eve at the party of the year, a smashing Winter Garden party at the Prince Albert Hotel.

It’s a dazzling success, until Frangelica “Sister” McFee walks through the door. Sarah Booth knew Sister in college, before Sister became a bestselling author and moved to New York, and fame and fortune don’t seem to have tempered her arrogance and cruelty.

Sister’s latest book is a memoir about the death of her mother and brother many years ago. Now, a film about the book is in the works, and a film crew has descended upon Zinnia, Mississippi, to tell the complete tale. The film crew soon realizes there may be more to the story than meets the eye, or is told in Sister’s memoir, and they hire Sarah Booth to discover the absolute truth about those deaths so many years ago. But Sarah Booth quickly realizes that someone is desperate to keep the truth hidden and will go to any lengths necessary to protect a long-held secret.

Carolyn Haines's next Sarah Booth Delaney novel, Sticks and Bones, is sure to delight series fans and newcomers alike

"Not everyone will be as excited as I am about a print copy of Familiar Trouble," Haines said. "It was originally published as an eBook. But Priya Karsan Bhakta designed the interior and it is gorgeous. Cissey Harltley created the cover."

Haines said this is the first in a brand new series featuring Trouble (son of Familiar) the black cat detective.

"Trouble is every bit as sassy and bossy and contemptuous of humans as his famous detective dad." Haines said. "I had so many requests for print books in the series. that the Cat Women Coalition decided to make it so."

The following is a brief description of "Familiar Trouble: Sometimes a unique talent is inherited, and such is the case for Trouble, son of Familiar the black cat detective. Trouble’s rather indolent life in the sleepy town of Wetumpka, Alabama is upended when a serial killer arrives on the scene.

Trouble begins to apply the skills he learned from his dad and his hero, Sherlock Holmes.

When local bookseller Tammy Lynn is attacked at the site of an impact crater, Trouble realizes he must protect his human and solve the mystery of the Silk Stocking Killer.

Aiden Waters, a local deputy, has tracked the SSK to Wetumpka. Since his wife’s murder, Aiden won’t risk romance, but when Tammy is endangered, everything changes, especially their hearts.

"I'm thrilled to release “The House of Memory," Haines said. "It's the second book in the Pluto's Snitch Mystery Series. I hope everyone enjoys it. It is available as a paperback and in eBook format."

Raissa James not only sees the dead but she’s caught the ears of the living—especially now that she’s solved her first case. Word of Pluto’s Snitch, her private-investigation agency specializing in the occult, has spread far and wide. It’s even come to the notice of Zelda Fitzgerald, the nation’s most celebrated flapper. And Zelda’s in need of its services. Along with Reginald Proctor, her partner
in detection, Raissa travels to Montgomery, Alabama, where Zelda’s friend Camilla has suddenly become prone to violent fits and delusions.

Has Camilla gone mad…or has she been possessed? Raissa and Reginald soon discover that Camilla’s not the only young lady in the area to fall victim to something unnatural.

Now it’s up to the Snitches to follow the clues and save Camilla, locked away behind the walls of the formidable Bryce Hospital asylum. But the key to her rescue might not lie among the living at all. Because Raissa knows that the dead have their secrets, too.

"We are very happy to have Carolyn coming to visit with us tomorrow at Luncheon With Books," Armstrong said. "Lunch is available with a $6 donation to Friends. Carolyn is so much fun, we hope to see everyone come and hear all about her books."