Mystery writer comes to Columbiana

Published 5:00 pm Monday, April 28, 2014

By GINNY COOPER/Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA—Carolyn Haines, author of the series Sarah Booth-Bones Mystery Books, is coming to the Shelby County Art’s Council on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. as part of the organization’s Eat.Drink.Read series.

Haines has written 13 books in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series, and the next installment “Booty Bones” is set for release on May 14.

Sarah Booth, the heroine of the series, is a “non-traditional Southern women whose real talent is ‘nosiness,’ which she uses to solve crimes in her hometown of Zinnia, Mississippi,” according to a news release about the author’s visit.

Haines has received critical praise for her novels, which the New York Post called “delightfully fun,” and Booklist called “an entertaining romp.”

Food and refreshments will be provided at the event, and the some of the recipes used will be from cookbooks Haines has been involved with writing, Executive Director of the Shelby County Arts Council Bruce Andrews said.

The event is free and open to the public, and will include readings from Haines’ novels as well as a book signing opportunity.

“It should be a really fun evening,” Andrews said.

Haines’ appearance is the last of the 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series co-hosted by the SCAC and the Columbiana Public Library. This series is sponsored in part by Alabama Humanities Foundation, Alabama State Council of the Arts and ArtWorks, the National Foundation for the Arts.