Thursday, June 23, 2011

Special Guest Post: Chick Lit Cafe's Jessica Sinn Reviews Wishbones by Carolyn Haines

A Review by Jessica Sinn of the Chick Lit Café

I always look forward to Jessica Sinn’s book views and reviews. Jessica Sinn is the woman behind the Chick lit Café. She reviews all different kinds of subgenres of chick lit, including fashion, romance, mystery and everything in between. Visit her blog for more of the latest and greatest in chick lit books and reviews; find out what she’s reading and more at Thank you so much to Jessica Sinn for sharing her thoughts with us at Lip Gloss and Literature this week. Be sure to drop by the Chick Lit Café and say hi to her.

Wishbones by Carolyn Haines

Anyone who has seen Steel Magnolia’s or Gone with the Wind should know that southern belles are a force to be reckoned with. Any southern lady worth her salt can bring men to their knees with just a bat of an eye. She must always look her best – even when she’s taking out the trash in sweltering heat. Most importantly, she must never accept defeat from the enemy. And Sarah Booth Delaney – the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi – is no exception!

In this eighth installment of Haine’s charming Southern Belle Mystery Series, the sassy sleuth leaves her beloved plantation home and PI agency to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood starlet. She soon lands the leading role in a steamy remake of the movie Body Heat alongside her old flame, Graf Mileu.

Nursing a broken heart after a bad breakup with her longtime love, Sarah tries to keep her relationship with Graf professional, but the chemistry between them is undeniable. And when the love scenes heat up, so does their off-screen relationship!

Just before she could get her bearings in the big city, the director Frederico’s former lover is found dead in the foothills of Lettohatchi Canyon, a wildfire breaks out, and a foreboding message in lipstick appears on Sarah Booth’s bathroom mirror.

Refusing to heed to the perp’s warning to “go home, hick,” Sarah Booth sets off for Costa Rica to film on location in Frederico’s gorgeous – and reputedly haunted – mansion.

The bad luck continues when the ghost of Federico’s dead wife Carlita stalks the corridors, disembodied voices resonate behind the mansion’s walls, and a set balustrade crumbles. All signs point to Frederico’s angry daughter, Estelle, who threatens the entire film crew to leave the mansion or suffer the consequences.

When Sarah Booth’s best friend and fellow PI, Tinkie, catches wind of all of the unexplained accidents, she comes to the rescue. Hot on the trail, the sassy sleuths hunt down suspects and explore the mansion’s hidden nooks and crannies. With some help from their gal pals in Zinnia, Tinkie and Sarah Booth research Frederico’s dark family history and discover some startling secrets about Carlita’s past.  

Assisted by her resident “haint” (aka Resident Haunt) Jitty, the busybody ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny, Sarah Booth digs up all the dirt she can find about the haunted mansion and its shady residents. And when Tinkie and her dust mop of a dog, Chablis, fall victim to the next “accident,” Sarah Booth must piece together the clues before she loses the ones she holds most dear, as well as her chance at stardom.

Readers who like cozy mysteries with a lot of sass, madcap adventure and gutsy characters will love these fun little mysteries!  Carolyn Haines tailors all of her stories with sharp murder plots, romantic tension and amusing dialogue. And if that isn’t enough – she even throws in some adorable four-legged sidekicks! So pull up a chair on the porch, pour yourself a sugary glass of iced tea and spend a lazy summer afternoon in Sarah Booth’s intriguing world of murder and mayhem!

For more info on Carolyn Haines or any of her mystery and chick lit novels, visit her website at or check out her Goodreads Profile.

A big thank you to Jessica from the Chick Lit Cafe!! I can't wait to read about what you're reading next!


  1. Great review, Jessica! I have been on a bit of a Southern Chick Lit kick myself...looks like another one to add to the TBR pile!! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

  2. Thanks Cathy! I don't know why, but whenever summertime rolls around, I feel the need to relax with a glass of iced tea and a good southern mystery! If you like whodunnits, you'd love this series.

  3. I agree--a big thank you to Jessica. If you want a taste of some wild Southern fun, we're planning the 2nd annual Daddy's Girl Weekend for the first weekend in April. Details aren't firm yet, but the first one was crazy fun. Details will be posted on my web site and in my newsletters. I have to say, I have the most fun readers/friends in the world! Like Sarah Booth, I am lucky in my friends.

  4. Thanks for stopping by Carolyn! I love the cover of this book and have added the whole series to my list to check out. I will have to look into the weekend you refer to in April. Sounds like a good time:)