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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Susan Wittig Alber Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The China Bayles Mysteries Release Date:
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The annual chili cook-off sounds like a nice respite from the stress, so China Bayles gladly accoumpanies her wheelchair-bound sweetheart to the event. But tragedy strikes when cook-off judge Jerry Jeff Cody dies of a severe allergic reaction—to a peanut. Everyone knows that peanuts don't belong in a bowl of Texas chili...and China knows something suspicious is afoot."China Bayles (Rueful Death, LJ 10/1/96) contends with the paralysis of her new husband, an extended visit from her 'helpful' mother, and a case of murder at the annual chili cookoff. A charmed return to small-town Texas; for series fans."—Library Journal

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie Hilton | 2/13/2014

    " In this murder mystery, China Bayles investigates the death of a chili contest judge who accidentally (??) ingests peanuts and suffers anaphylactic shock. There are twists and turns and some yummy-looking chili recipes, probably not for the faint of heart (or tongue). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mandolin | 2/13/2014

    " True Texas chili, spiced with the hottest of peppers and filled with a variety of ingredients (but NEVER with peanuts), can be a deadly blend....literally, as China Bayles discovers! When one of the judges of Pecan Springs' annual Chile Fest dies as a result of an allergic reaction to one of the bowls of chili that he had sampled, China and McQuaid are immediately suspicious, knowing that he had recently been the victim of threats. Did someone purposely lace the chili with the fatal ingredient or was it merely an accident? Though China dreads the work involved in another investigation, she happily throws herself into it, for it's brought McQuaid out of the long depression he suffered after his paralyzing gunshot wound. With China, life is never simple, and her probe into the dead man's past is often sidetracked by talks of marriage, a new business partnership and a brewing scandal at the nursing and rehabilitation center where McQuaid is a temporary resident. Will China be able to handle all that's been tossed onto her plate and solve the mystery as well? This seventh installment of the China Bayles' mysteries is one of the better in the series that I've read so far. As always, Ms. Albert "spices up" the book with interesting herb-lore, this time focusing on the fiery little chile pepper and its many varied uses. Even better is the book's human interest. China's personal struggle with giving up some of her independence as well as her resentment toward her mother adds a depth to the book that makes it twice as engaging and provides a nice side story to the well-plotted mystery. China's persistent hold on her childhood anger towards her mother has always seemed a little immature and I was glad to see that she is finally letting it go. All in all, a great story and one I recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maryann | 2/5/2014

    " love the recipes in the books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristi | 2/4/2014

    " Another good installment in the China Bayles series. The ending was a bit more contrived than normal for Albert, but not pushing the bounds of cozies. "

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