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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The China Bayles Mysteries Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440743269
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China Bayles is in a pickle. The daughter of her best friend, Ruby, has turned up on her doorstep, pregnant and in need of a place to live. And her otherwise sensible husband has announced that he’s bored with teaching and ready for a career change. Say “hello” to PI Mike McQuaid and Associates. There aren’t actually any associates—unless you count Ruby and China, of course. But the title does have a nice, official ring to it. His first client is Phoebe the Pickle Queen, owner of the biggest little pickle business in Texas. According to Phoebe, her plant manager is embezzling, and she wants McQuaid to follow the money.

Meanwhile, Pecan Springs is hosting the annual Picklefest—and this year, China and Ruby are on the planning committee, along with Phoebe. But just days before the festival starts, the Pickle Queen disappears. Some say she sold her business and split; others think the answer may lie with her missing boyfriend. It’s up to McQuaid and China to search for the Pickle Queen—and for clues in a case that promises to leave a very sour taste.

This exciting whodunit is packed with plenty of pickle jokes, folklore, and homespun recipes.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/6/2014

    " I felt like I was reading about friends and neighbors. lLooking forward to another visit with China and Ruby! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/3/2014

    " Reading it again with Emmy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 2/3/2014

    " Another good read. She surprises me all the time. Love hearing about other charactera, like Ruby with issues because it shows the deptj of Chinas world. Love it & always ready for.the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen | 1/31/2014

    " i love the recipes / herb facts / mystery all combined in to one book. i'm definitely going to look for more books by this author. an easy read - very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phifer, Barbara | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoy the recipes and the other tidbits that usually included in the "China Bayles Mystery Books). Just too wonderful for words!! Yeah "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/16/2014

    " Enjoy the China Bayles series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/12/2014

    " Really liked this! The herbal lore adds a new interest feature and the mystery part was pretty good. Nothing too challenging but different. Am reading another by the same author now and have one more waiting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ragan | 1/7/2014

    " Too many pickle jokes. Sometimes I think I listen to these books for the same reason people go to McDonalds. It's not great, but you know what to expect. Also, it is easy to listen to with kids around because losing your place is not that big of a deal. Though I do like the herbal lore all mixed in. And I like to imagine going to a little tea room, and having nothing better to do then to solve other people's mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catsalive | 1/2/2014

    " Very enjoyable. These China Bayles mysteries get better each year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 12/21/2013

    " Perhaps I've just read one too many of these. It is way past formulaic and the corny dill jokes didn't help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/5/2013

    " This is another good China Bayles herbal mystery with good tidbits of the dill plant. This is a must read for a cozy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Ellen | 10/25/2013

    " the pickle jokes were funny and the story was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grey853 | 9/24/2013

    " I liked the mystery part, but I have to say that the whole Ruby and Amy interaction annoyed me. I thought all the dill pickle jokes were punny, but they still made me smile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalie | 5/22/2013

    " A funny entertaining mystery. Nothing deep at all, but a good summer read.The herb info and recipes are great.It is harder to get the info on CD, but they still put it in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teddi | 4/1/2013

    " Much the same as her other novels. Still glad to see a smart lead in a cozy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teesa | 3/25/2013

    " Another satisfying read, coulda done without all the pickle jokes but they're totally in character. Love the research that goes into each book regarding the history of each herb and the recipes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 8/22/2012

    " Great vacation reading. It is fast paced and thinking about herbs and plants adds to the pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 7/21/2012

    " I like these China Bayles mysteries---they're well-written and you learn a ton about a particullar herb. And this was the first of the library books I downloaded to my new Kindle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Hawn Smith | 7/14/2012

    " I was listening to this book in Virginia and there was a defect in the third CD. I need to get it again from Fernandina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 6/7/2012

    " Another good one in the China Bayles series. I really enjoy the addition of the herbal lore with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whittney Mahle | 5/16/2012

    " I did this on audio. China is sort of a no nonsense personality which enhances the rare moments of humor. I thought the narrator portrayed her well. Also, sometimes mysteries with recipes get a little old, but these stories really use details of the theme herb/plant to enhance the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanci | 2/28/2012

    " Standard China Bayles mystery. It's a quick fun library read, but not something I'd spend money on. The author's constant use of out of date tech references also drives me crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/12/2012

    " Enjoyable murder mystery from a reliable author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/15/2011

    " Another great China Bayles mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/29/2011

    " I felt like I was reading about friends and neighbors. lLooking forward to another visit with China and Ruby! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " rather too much pickle in places "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whittney | 11/13/2010

    " I did this on audio. China is sort of a no nonsense personality which enhances the rare moments of humor. I thought the narrator portrayed her well. Also, sometimes mysteries with recipes get a little old, but these stories really use details of the theme herb/plant to enhance the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 8/9/2010

    " Another good one in the China Bayles series. I really enjoy the addition of the herbal lore with the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Hawn | 6/12/2010

    " I was listening to this book in Virginia and there was a defect in the third CD. I need to get it again from Fernandina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalie | 5/26/2010

    " A funny entertaining mystery. Nothing deep at all, but a good summer read.The herb info and recipes are great.It is harder to get the info on CD, but they still put it in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/12/2010

    " Really liked this! The herbal lore adds a new interest feature and the mystery part was pretty good. Nothing too challenging but different. Am reading another by the same author now and have one more waiting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/1/2010

    " This one was pretty obvious...where else would a Pickle Queen die but in a vat of pickle juice :-) Interesting twists in this one too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/26/2009

    " Enjoyable murder mystery from a reliable author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phifer, | 5/25/2009

    " I enjoy the recipes and the other tidbits that usually included in the "China Bayles Mystery Books). Just too wonderful for words!! Yeah "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 3/15/2009

    " Perhaps I've just read one too many of these. It is way past formulaic and the corny dill jokes didn't help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catsalive | 7/29/2008

    " Very enjoyable. These China Bayles mysteries get better each year. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert is the author of the acclaimed China Bayles mysteries. The first book in the series, Thyme of Death, was nominated for both an Agatha Award and an Anthony Award for Best First novel. Throughout her career, Wittig has written over sixty novels. She cowrote the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries with her husband, Bill Albert, and wrote a number of Nancy Drew novels under the pen name Carolyn Keene.  She has also written a number of nonfiction works and a memoir entitled Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Wittig worked as a university English professor. She lives in Texas.

About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.