Baker & Taylor
Mississippi private detective Sarah Booth Delaney investigates the murder of a black blues-club owner and is caught in a town torn apart by racial prejudice when the victim's white protâegâe becomes the prime suspect.
Blackwell North Amer
Sarah Booth Delaney is no ordinary P.I. A born-and-bred Mississippi belle, she struggles to hold on to her family's plantation and keeps up a running conversation with the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny, a busybody who decks herself out in a stunning new outfit every day - and schemes to save Sarah Booth from spinsterhood. Not one to wait around for a white knight, Sarah takes on the kind of cases no one else will touch. Like trying to exonerate a man accused of murdering Sunflower County's most popular musician.
The two men met in prison: Ivory Keys, a gifted black blues pianist, and Scott Hampton, a rich white boy turned racist. Somewhere between the two men, a spark was lit. And by the time he came out of the joint, Scott Hampton had not only renounced his racist ways, he had learned to play a blues guitar that made grown women go weak in the knees. So why did Scott plunge a steel shank into his mentor's chest? Ivory's widow doesn't think he did, and she's paid Sarah Booth to prove it. No easy task, especially since the delicate racial harmony of Sunflower County is threatening to come undone under the heat of Sarah Booth's investigation.
For a woman feeling a little heat of her own - navigating between a rich, available businessman, a married lawman with a waffling heart, and the sexy bluesman who is angling to become much more than her client - this case is taking dangerous twists. A town's slumbering passions have awakened with a jolt, a matchmaking ghost is dressed up like Jackie O, and Sarah Booth is caught between her need to know the truth and the consequences it will have on her town - and on her life.
Haunted by a busybody ghost and constantly nagged about finding a husband, thirtysomething Mississippi private detective Sarah Booth Delaney investigates the murder of a black blues-club owner and finds herself caught in the middle of a town torn apart by racial prejudice when the victim's white protTgT becomes the prime suspect in the killing.
New York : Delacorte Press, c2003
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335 p. ; 24 cm