I love reading books set in the south. Especially ones where the heroine doesn’t quite fit in with the traditional ways. Them Bones is a cozy mystery that strikes a hilarious chord with those of us *ahem* who are of a certain age and unmarried. It’s cute, fun, and full of handsome southern gentlemen who act like men should.

Synopsis for Them Bones by Carolyn Haines:

Meet Sarah Booth Delaney…an unconventional Southern belle whos5181rlwv7yl._sx301_bo1_204_203_200_e knack for uncovering the truth is about to make her the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi…if it doesn’t make her the deadest.

No self-respecting lady would allow herself to end up in Sarah Booth’s situation. Unwed, unemployed, and over thirty, she’s flat broke and about to lose the family plantation. Not to mention being haunted by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother’s nanny, who never misses an opportunity to remind her of her sorry state–or to suggest a plan of action, like ransoming her friend’s prize pooch to raise some cash.

But soon Sarah Booth’s walk on the criminal side leads her deeper into unladylike territory, and she’s hired to solve a murder. Did gorgeous, landed Hamilton Garrett V really kill his mother twenty years ago? And if so, what is Sarah Booth doing falling for this possible murderer? When she asks one too many questions and a new corpse turns up, she is suddenly a suspect herself…and Sarah Booth finds that digging up the bones of the past could leave her rolling over in her grave.