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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Private Investigator
From feuding scientists to ailing locals, there is no shortage of bad blood coursing through the little town of Zinnia, Miss., as Haines' often steamy and always charming series turns equally intense.
Sarah Booth Delaney, a Southern belle known for abiding by tradition only when it suits her, is no stranger to drama. A talented actress and a P.I., she's pursuing a career in Hollywood when she hears that her best friend's husband is suddenly on his deathbed back home in Mississippi -- and he's not the only one.
The vicious illness begins with burning fevers and delirium, and quickly plunges its victims into a coma. The Centers for Disease Control is on the scene, but it can't find a cure for it, or the boll weevils that are decimating Sunflower County's cotton crop. With patients in quarantine and the whole town in crisis, Sarah drops everything to stop the outbreak and save the only place she's ever been able to call home. (MINOTAUR, Jul., 336 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Pat Cooper
Published: July 2009