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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,202 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: 9781449802936
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In Bloodroot, bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert transports listeners to a haunted house oozing with family secrets.

Lawyer turned herbalist China Bayles returns to the Deep South, where her family’s legacy of silence is at last broken—and the past finally, unforgettably, speaks the truth.

A frantic phone call from her mother brings China back to her family’s Mississippi plantation—a place she’d forsaken long ago. But the late-spring air is thick with fear—and from the moment she arrives, China knows something has gone desperately wrong at Jordan’s Crossing. An ancient property deed has surfaced, and the man who uncovered it has mysteriously vanished. And as the fates and fortunes of two very different families collide in frightening, unpredictable ways, China must face disturbing new questions about her family’s past—and her own future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful reading experience.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “A complex, emotional mystery highlights this latest entry in the popular China Bayles series. The nature of the story combined with the look it takes at the old and new South make this an extremely satisfying read.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Susan Wittig Albert’s bestselling China Bayles mystery series grows in an exciting new direction in Bloodroot.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Albert has created captivating new characters and a setting dripping with atmosphere.” Publishers Weekly
  • “This is Southern storytelling at its best, and Julia Gibson does justice to the writing in her lightly accented speech...Her voice is seductive, drawing the listener in and creating the perfect atmosphere to track the threads of the narrative. Despite the many characters, flashbacks, and intertwined threads, the listener will have no trouble following the story.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pylgrym | 2/14/2014

    " I am a sucker for books about my home state but I should stay with our authors. Mississippi has more honored authors than any other state. Mississippibelieveit.com. Albert's book has an interesting storyline and good characters. I never read any China Bayles before. However, Ms. Wittig's knowledge of race relations in the South seems to be stalled somewhere between D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation and the Sixties freedom riders. I grew up here and I know the changes made and as someone who travels extensively with a black colleague and has a friend who dates only white women, I can assure you that it is no longer a hanging offense. The men are perfectly comfortable flirting with perfect strangers. The misrepresentation of the state jaundiced my view of the overall book. As we say around here, what you know depends on where you stand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dottie | 2/9/2014

    " This is one of my top Albert picks as it adds to the usual herbs, recipes and sleuthing the lure of genealogy and illegitimate family lines alongside inherited disease. Quite a brew! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this addition to the China Bayles series, especially taking China out of Pecan Springs and learning more about her family's history. Although I liked the change in setting, I also didn't like it for all the secondary characters were hardly in the story. Really missed the regulars from Pecan Springs. "

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

    " I really enjoyed this China Bayles mystery. The unfolding of deep family secrets is always fascinating, & the secrets in the deep south of USA always seem nastier - maybe it's the heat & mosquitos that do it, or maybe it's the history of the country that makes it so much seamier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mssuzyq623 | 1/28/2014

    " I MEANT to read BLOODROOT by Amy Greene, (I realized soon after starting this). Something labelled "mystery" is not something I would choose--even less so something labelled "a China Bayles mystery". I find mysteries to have many undeveloped characters, and lack of detail, but that is the nature of mystery. its just not what I like to read. But I started it, attracted to the herbology and southernness of it. It was an ok book, though a lettdown from just finishing the Big Stone Gap series by Adrianne Trigani. IT was hard to keep the family members and generations straight--a fact due to it being a mystery, once again--they don't spend much time going into details of the characters, the reader dosn't spend much time with a character in order to get to know him, and remember him. Nonetheless, interesting--"you want to find out what happens".... Though I would never buy a book by this author or even pay 50 cents at a book sale for it, If soemone gave another one by her to me for a gift, or I was on a dessert island with only this book, I would read it. Theres just too many other really good books out there to start wasting my time on China Bayles mysteries "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 1/27/2014

    " Being an avid genealogist, I studied the family tree at the front of the book and so was one up on the plot line because of the strangeness of some of the facts in the tree. I did notice that Albert made a math error with one of the characters, whose birth year is ten years different from what's on the tree to what's related in the story. This is a significant editing problem, but it didn't make much difference in the story after all. I liked the mystery and the way it related to generational problems. I liked the psychology of it. I liked the ghosts' involvement, although I don't believe for one second that that aspect is anything but fantasy. Still, I'd like it to be. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 1/25/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. Set in the deep south it includes a mystery surrounding a central murder mystery. Even a few ghosts and unexplained happenings thrown in. Best one of the series so far. Now onto #11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/16/2014

    " I rated this one higher than the others I've read because it was so different. I found myself missing the normal cast, but was drawn in. Quick read. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 1/11/2014

    " Such a good series. Learn something as you read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/28/2013

    " While this was a nice change from the normal Pecan Springs murder mystery, I kind of missed all of China's other friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Waller | 12/15/2013

    " Warning - not your typical China Bayles tale. But a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnap | 12/9/2013

    " I was good not quite as intense as some I have read but a good read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 10/1/2013

    " I think that this is my favorite of hers so far. I love that the mystery was based on China's ancestry. I'm intrigued w/genealogies and ancestry so maybe that's why I enjoyed this so much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 9/1/2013

    " The best one yet! Thoroughly enjoyed the story of China's family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/9/2013

    " Every one of these books gets better than the last. This one, complete with a Deep South mystery and a few ghosts (but not an overdose of the supernatural or the occult) is great. Highly recommend the China Bayles mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 michelle abeln | 4/24/2013

    " decent addition to the series; i enjoy the herbal information as much or more than the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loryn Cook | 1/28/2013

    " I love this entire series. Informative regarding herbs and there uses as well as a mystery series that is very engaging. China Bayles is a terrific central charecter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 9/18/2012

    " Great insight to Chinas past. Loved it. Some writers fail when they try a different venue but this was great as always! Another good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 8/24/2012

    " I love researching family ties so this was very interesting. It had all the twists and turns that real families have. One needs to keep an open mind when researching; you never know who you might be related too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/30/2012

    " This was a fantastic story for its multilayered story lines, southern gothic elements, and historical elements. Not a traditional who-dunit by any means but something much better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail McGaffigan | 4/18/2012

    " If I don't rate a China Bayles book, it means I consider it a 4, as I really enjoy them. I leave room at the top for ones like this, that are stand-outs within the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Cox | 12/25/2011

    " I liked the history in this story. The skeletons in the closet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aim | 10/8/2011

    " Not in Pecan Springs. I missed the town. And Ruby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/24/2011

    " I stumbled across this author and I really like her . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stambaughml | 4/1/2011

    " I enjoy her stories about China Bayles. This one had a lot of atmosphere! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dalepat | 12/30/2010

    " Combine herbs, murders, skeletons in the closet, and genealogy research and you have this book in a nutshell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/4/2010

    " I stumbled across this author and I really like her . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/11/2010

    " Very good, I liked the departure from "home" and the family history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/31/2010

    " I liked it better than some of her others. It seem to have a good story line, with real life concerns. I loved the herb anecdotes at the beggining of each chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 5/3/2010

    " This way a much better book that the previous China Bayles mystery I had read. This particular installment of the series involves China invetigating her ancestors at the old family plantation. It was a great Southern mystery and had many twists and turns. Very enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ragan | 4/21/2010

    " If I read this book first I would have never read any of the other books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/7/2010

    " China travels to Miss. in #10 to help her mother. Of course, there is a mystery to be solved tied in with ghosts of her families' past. It's a good story, but I missed Pecan Springs and those familiar characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joannm | 1/2/2010

    " The best of the series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melisa | 10/28/2009

    " This was pretty good. I wasn't crazy about the way they portrayed the south (have none of these authors actually been here?) but the story was interesting enough that I could ignore it. I have the audio version and the narrator did a good job with the accents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aim | 9/23/2009

    " Not in Pecan Springs. I missed the town. And Ruby. "

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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.