Carolyn Haines Books

Carolyn Haines was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on May 12, 1953. She grew up in Lucedale and got her high school diploma in 1971. She went to the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated in 1974, getting her bachelor’s in journalism and would later get her master’s in creative writing from the University of South Alabama in 1985. Before becoming an author, she worked as a journalist for over ten years and wrote about mysteries in the Mississippi Delta. She worked for several papers such as The Huntsville Times, Hattiesburg American, and The Mississippi Press. In addition to writing, Haines also teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in fiction writing at University of Alabama; she is also the coordinator of fiction and an assistant professor.

Order of Western Lovers Series as Caroline Burnes

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1 A Deadly Breed 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Dangerous To Love USA Series as Caroline Burnes

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1 Measure of Deceit 1988 Description / Buy
2 Deadly Currents 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Fear Familiar Series as Caroline Burnes

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1 Fear Familiar 1989 Description / Buy
2 Too Familiar 1993 Description / Buy
3 Thrice Familiar 1993 Description / Buy
4 Shades Of Familiar 1994 Description / Buy
5 Familiar Remedy 1994 Description / Buy
6 Familiar Tale 1995 Description / Buy
7 Bewitching Familiar 1995 Description / Buy
8 Familiar Heart 1997 Description / Buy
9 Familiar Fire 1998 Description / Buy
10 Familiar Valentine 1999 Description / Buy
11 Familiar Christmas 1999 Description / Buy
12 Familiar Obsession 2000 Description / Buy
13 Familiar Lullaby 2001 Description / Buy
14 Familiar Mirage 2002 Description / Buy
15 Familiar Oasis 2002 Description / Buy
16 Familiar Texas 2005 Description / Buy
17 Familiar Escape 2006 Description / Buy
18 Familiar Vows 2008 Description / Buy
19 Familiar Showdown 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Dreamscapes: Whispers Of Love Series as Caroline Burnes

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1 Flesh And Blood 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Holding Out For A Hero Series as Caroline Burnes

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1 Midnight Prey 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Sarah Booth Delaney Series

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1 Them Bones 1999 Description / Buy
2 Buried Bones 2000 Description / Buy
3 Splintered Bones 2002 Description / Buy
4 Crossed Bones 2003 Description / Buy
5 Hallowed Bones 2004 Description / Buy
6 Bones To Pick 2005 Description / Buy
7 Ham Bones 2007 Description / Buy
8 Wishbones 2008 Description / Buy
9 Greedy Bones 2009 Description / Buy
10 Bone Appétit 2010 Description / Buy
11 Bones of a Feather 2011 Description / Buy
12 Bonefire of the Vanities 2012 Description / Buy
13 Smarty Bones 2013 Description / Buy
14 Shorty Bones (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
15 Booty Bones 2014 Description / Buy
16 Bones on the Bayou (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
17 Bone to Be Wild 2015 Description / Buy
18 Jingle Bones (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
19 Guru Bones (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
20 Rock-a-Bye Bones 2016 Description / Buy
21 Sticks and Bones 2017 Description / Buy
22 Bones and Arrows 2017 Description / Buy
23 A Gift of Bones 2018 Description / Buy
24 Charmed Bones 2018 Description / Buy
25 Clacking Bones (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
26 Game of Bones 2019 Description / Buy
27 The Devil's Bones 2020 Description / Buy
28 Enchanted Bones (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
29 A Garland of Bones 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Familiar Legacy Series

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1 Familiar Trouble 2017 Description / Buy
2 Small Town Trouble ( By: Laura Benedict) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Legend of Blackthorn Series

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1 Babe In The Woods 2003 Description / Buy
2 Rider In The Mist 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Pluto's Snitch Series

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1 The Book of Beloved 2016 Description / Buy
2 The House of Memory 2017 Description / Buy
3 The Specter of Seduction 2017 Description / Buy
4 A Visitation of Angels 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Carolyn Haines Standalone Novels

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1 Summer of fear 1993 Description / Buy
2 Summer of the Redeemers 1994 Description / Buy
3 Season of Innocents 1994 Description / Buy
4 Touched 1996 Description / Buy
5 Shop Talk 1998 Description / Buy
6 Judas Burning 2005 Description / Buy
7 Penumbra 2006 Description / Buy
8 Fever Moon 2007 Description / Buy
9 Revenant 2007 Description / Buy
10 Deception 2011 Description / Buy
11 Skin Dancer 2011 Description / Buy
12 The Seeker 2019 Description / Buy
13 The Darkling 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Carolyn Haines Non-Fiction Books

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1 My Mother's Witness: The Peggy Morgan Story 2003 Description / Buy

Carolyn Haines Anthologies

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1 The Truth About Cats & Dogs 2004 Description / Buy
2 Delta Blues 2009 Description / Buy
3 Haunted Holidays 2014 Description / Buy
4 Year-Round Trouble 2020 Description / Buy
5 Cozy Case Files, A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 9 2020 Description / Buy
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She has written many stand alone novels, some short stories, and some novels that make up the “Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries” series. Some of Haines’s fiction is on the light side, but she does write darker novels too. She writes under her own name, but also uses pen names such as Lizzie Hart, Caroline Burnes, and R. B. Chesterton. Caroline Burnes is a pen named Haines uses when she writes romance mysteries, and Lizzie Hart is used for her humorous novels.


In 2010 she won the Harper Lee Award which is, Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year. The previous year, she won the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Haines also received an Arts literary fellowship from the Alabama State Council for her writing. Sarah Booth Delaney has won an award for Best Amateur Sleuth and “Hallowed Bones” made the top five of a list that ranked the best mysteries that came out in 2004 by Library Journal. “Penumbria” made its way onto another Library Journal list for best mysteries released in 2006.


For readers looking to get into Caroline Haines’s books, “Hallowed Bones”, “Penumbra”, and “Crossed Bones” are really good novels to start with.

Penumbra: This novel is one of Haines’s stand alone novels, and as a result sees her try to distance herself from her more humorous “Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries” series by moving into more serious territory, and it is a lot darker. The result is a more literary crime novel that has passion and suspense. “Penumbra” is set in 1952 and takes place in Drexl, Mississippi. The novel is about a half black hair dresser named Jade, whose mother is Lucille Longier (the first lady of Drexl) who works for an undertaker. She is great at what she does and is highly sought out by the people in Drexl for her talents, however, she will never be accepted by the people in the town because she is black. After things go horribly wrong for Jade’s younger half-sister (named Marlena, she is beaten and has her child kidnapped). Jade knows that Marlena was cheating on her husband and wealthiest man in the town. She winds up getting help from a white sherriff’s deputy named Frank Kimble, and the two later date.

Hallowed Bones: The fifth installment in the “Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries” series, and the one that stands out because it has accomplished the most. Normally installments in this series are set in solely in Mississippi, but this one takes readers to New Orleans so that Sarah can catch a bad guy. This novel is set near Halloween, and involves Sarah taking on the case of a woman (Doreen Mallory) feeding her ten week old daughter (named Rebekah) sleeping pills. The daughter was born with many birth defects, it looks like a slam dunk that Doreen did it. Sarah Booth does not think so, and upon digging into things, she finds that Doreen will not talk about the men in her life. Including one guy who is a televangelist and another that is a politician with a wife and mob ties. Either one could be Rebekah’s father and they also could be her killer.

Crossed Bones: The fourth installment in the “Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries” series. In this one, she tries to help exonerate a man (named Scott Hampton) who is accused of killing a talented and very popular blues pianist named Ivory Keys. The accused and the pianist met in prison and were cellmates; the accused is also a rich white guy who turned racist. Meeting Ivory Keys changed Scott, he stopped being racist and started playing blues guitar at a level that made women go weak in their knees. Ivory’s widow does not believe he did it and hires Sarah so that she can prove it.

When Does The Next Carolyn Haines book come out?

Carolyn Haines doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Garland of Bones and was released on October, 13th 2020. It is the newest book in the Sarah Booth Delaney Series.