Carolyn Haines Books

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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 Dangerous To Love USA Series as Caroline Burnes

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

Order of Fear Familiar Series as Caroline Burnes

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

Order of Dreamscapes: Whispers Of Love Series as Caroline Burnes

1Flesh And Blood 1993Description / Buy

Order of Holding Out For A Hero Series as Caroline Burnes

1Midnight Prey 1997Description / Buy

Order of Sarah Booth Delaney Series

1Them Bones 1999Description / Buy
2Buried Bones 2000Description / Buy
3Splintered Bones 2002Description / Buy
4Crossed Bones 2003Description / Buy
5Hallowed Bones 2004Description / Buy
6Bones To Pick 2005Description / Buy
7Ham Bones 2007Description / Buy
8Wishbones 2008Description / Buy
9Greedy Bones 2009Description / Buy
10Bone Appétit 2010Description / Buy
11Bones of a Feather 2011Description / Buy
12Bonefire of the Vanities 2012Description / Buy
13Smarty Bones 2013Description / Buy
14Shorty Bones (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
15Booty Bones 2014Description / Buy
16Bones on the Bayou (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
17Bone to Be Wild 2015Description / Buy
18Jingle Bones (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
19Guru Bones (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
20Rock-a-Bye Bones 2016Description / Buy
21Sticks and Bones 2017Description / Buy
22Bones and Arrows 2017Description / Buy
23A Gift of Bones 2018Description / Buy
24Charmed Bones 2018Description / Buy
25Clacking Bones (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy
26Game of Bones 2019Description / Buy
27The Devil's Bones 2020Description / Buy
28Enchanted Bones (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
29A Garland of Bones 2020Description / Buy
30Independent Bones 2021Description / Buy

Order of Trouble Cat Mysteries Series

1Familiar Trouble 2017Description / Buy
2Trouble in Dixie ( By:) 2017Description / Buy
3Trouble in Tallahassee ( By: Claire Matturro) 2017Description / Buy
4Trouble in Summer Valley ( By: Susan Y. Tanner) 2017Description / Buy
5Trouble Under the Mistletoe (Short Story) ( By:) 2017Description / Buy
6Small Town Trouble ( By: Laura Benedict) 2017Description / Buy
7Trouble in Paradise ( By:) 2018Description / Buy
8Turning for Trouble ( By: Susan Y. Tanner) 2018Description / Buy
9Trouble's Wedding Caper ( By: Jen Talty) 2019Description / Buy
10Trouble in Action ( By: Susan Y. Tanner) 2019Description / Buy
11Trouble Most Faire ( By: Jaden Terrell) 2019Description / Buy
12Trouble Most Faire ( By: Jaden Terrell) 2019Description / Buy
13A Whisper of Trouble ( By: Susan Y. Tanner) 2020Description / Buy
14Trouble Restored 2021Description / Buy

Order of Legend of Blackthorn Series

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

Order of Pluto's Snitch Series

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

Order of Carolyn Haines Standalone Novels

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

Order of Carolyn Haines Non-Fiction Books

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

Order of Western Lovers Series

1Someone Waiting ( By: Joan Hohl) 1985Description / Buy
2Yesterday's Lies ( By: Lisa Jackson) 1986Description / Buy
3A Deadly Breed ( As: Caroline Burnes) 1988Description / Buy
4Wellspring ( By: Curtiss Ann Matlock) 1988Description / Buy
5Wild Horse Canyon ( By: Elizabeth August) 1989Description / Buy
6With No Regrets ( By: Lisa Jackson) 1990Description / Buy

Order of Vampire Files Series

1Lifeblood ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1990Description / Buy
2Bloodlist ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1990Description / Buy
3Bloodcircle ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1990Description / Buy
4Art in the Blood ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1991Description / Buy
5Fire in the Blood ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1991Description / Buy
6Blood on the Water ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1992Description / Buy
7A Chill in the Blood ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1998Description / Buy
8The Dark Sleep ( By: P.N. Elrod) 1999Description / Buy
9Lady Crymsyn ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2000Description / Buy
10Cold Streets ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2003Description / Buy
11Song in the Dark ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2005Description / Buy
12Many Bloody Returns ( With: Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Bill Crider, Sandra Burr, , , Elaine Viets, Rachel Caine, Toni L.P. Kelner, Christopher Golden, Jeanne C. Stein, Tanya Huff, P.N. Elrod) 2007Description / Buy
13The Devil You Know (Short Story) ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2009Description / Buy
14Dark Road Rising ( By: P.N. Elrod) 2009Description / Buy

Order of Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Series

1A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 1 2017Description / Buy
2A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 2 2017Description / Buy
3A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 3 2017Description / Buy
4A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 4 2018Description / Buy
5A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 5 2018Description / Buy
6A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 6 2019Description / Buy
7A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 7 2019Description / Buy
8A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 8 (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
9A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 9 2020Description / Buy
10A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 10 2020Description / Buy
11A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 11 2021Description / Buy
12A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 12 2021Description / Buy

Carolyn Haines Anthologies

1 The Truth About Cats & Dogs2004Description / Buy
2 Delta Blues2009Description / Buy
3 Florida Heat Wave2010Description / Buy
4 Haunted Holidays2014Description / Buy
5 Year-Round Trouble2020Description / Buy
6 A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Vol 92020Description / 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 Trouble Restored and was released on June, 28th 2021. It is the newest book in the Trouble Cat Mysteries Series.

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