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Crossed Bones; A Mystery from the Mississippi Delta.

CROSSED BONES; A MYSTERY FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA. Carolyn Haines. 2003/2004. Read by Kate Forbes. 9 tapes. 12 hrs. Recorded Books. 1-4025-7205-0. $79.95.Vinyl; plot, reader notes. A

Fourth in Haines's series featuring Southern belle PI Sarah Booth Delaney, this entry has our intrepid protagonist delving into a case fraught with racism and the blues. Privileged white man Scott Hampton is accused of murdering African American blues master, Ivory Keys. Hampton had been a former avowed racist who met Keys while they were both in prison so the case seems open and shut. But Keys's widow is certain that Hampton is reformed and innocent, and she hires Sarah Booth to find the real killer. Complications arise as Sarah Booth becomes romantically involved with the reformed Hampton and attempts to disentangle herself from the sheriff.

Reader Forbes delivers smoothly in multivoice with comforting Southern accents. She has the remarkable ability to slide into singing and croons several tunes with skill. Steamy adult situations, themes of racism, mostly likeable characters (including the Jitty, the ghost of Sarah Booth's great-great-grandmother's fashion-minded nanny, who offers advice on everything) and an interesting story add up to a very good listening experience. Bette Ammon, Director, Coeur d'Alene PL, ID

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Author:Ammon, Bette
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Date:Sep 1, 2005
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