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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,023 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: 9781440743184
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Susan Wittig Albert’s exciting mysteries have been praised as “unique” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) and “fascinating” (Booklist). Now, a dead man’s bones are uncovered—and Texas ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles must dig into a pair of murders separated by time but connected by motive.

When China’s teenage son finds some skeletal remains during a local cave dig—remains that show a not-so-accidental death—it’s a disturbing development. But China doesn’t let it distract her from the opening of the new community theater donated by the elderly Obermann sisters. Unfortunately, the haughty, bullying Jane Obermann—and her frail, frightened younger sister—made the donation with a condition: that the first production be a play written by Jane about their aristocratic family history.

The premiere party ends with a bang when a ne’er-do-well local handyman is shot dead by Jane while breaking into the Obermann estate. It seems like a clear-cut case of self-defense. But China senses something else going on behind the scenes. Now, the key to catching a killer might be the mysterious bones in the cave—a clue from the past that could help China solve a mystery in the present.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catsalive | 2/14/2014

    " A bit far-fetched but very entertaining. I really enjoy China & Ruby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 2/11/2014

    " I skipped "Dilly of a Death" by accident, but Albert does a pretty good job of catching you up with what you might have missed that you need to know so I didn't feel lost. For some reason though I didn't connect with this story as much as other books of the series. I did have the mystery more or less figured out very early on (perhaps that was why I was a little less enthralled?). Despite that, I'm hoping to go back to Dilly of a Death if I can find it locally sometime soon and plan to continue reading the series. I do have the next book waiting for me on the shelf when I ready to move forward. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam | 2/9/2014

    " Post Listen Review: Man what a bad book this was. This is the only mystery I can think of where I was hoping the amatuer detective would get shot before the mystery was solved so I didn't have to hear the ending. This book had the most bland and boring main character ever. She is happily married and seems to run an herb shop in her spare time but occasionally solves mysteries. The mystery itself wasn't very mysterious and I didn't really care who did it anyway. There never seemed to be a sense of fear or danger on the part of the main character. Rather than running away from bad guys or getting deep into the knitty gritty of forensic science or something the main character, China, says things like, "Growing lavendar in the the heat of a Texas summer can be dicey." She also continually says she is no Martha Stewart and then talks about making pasta with home grown pesto herbs. The writing grated on me at times too. Like when the author says the following-- She said "no," in a contradictory way. Just in case you didn't know that answering no is contradictory to begin with. I see that this is number 13 in a series and I am desperately hoping that the library does not have books 1-12. Pre-Listen Guess: I am all for a good mystery and this seems like what this should be. I hope I will like it. "

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

    " Thoroughly evil old rich bitch kills 4 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Cufari | 2/1/2014

    " Lois Lowry created with The Giver a totally new society which she followed through with all of the subsequent books. Her themes and ability to make the reader think is beyond compare. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni berkshire | 1/29/2014

    " Becoming very fond of China Bayles and her attempts to balance, home, work and time for a mystery and always some good things to eat. Whatever faults anyone finds in any of the plots in the series, there is no fault in the descriptive writing style of the author. She has a gift of make a scene appear in your mind's eye as clearly as though you were seeing it in front of you. Wish the series would never end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 1/15/2014

    " The mystery was even easier to parse than usual, but it was still pleasant to spend a few hours of reading time in Pecan Springs. I've started #15 in the series (my library doesn't have #14 as a downloadable), but after that I think I'll take another break from the China Bayles books for a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 12/19/2013

    " good solid story line - enjoyable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sariah | 12/7/2013

    " I think this was more like a 3.5. I almost gave it a 4. It was a good story. It's just that it was easy to guess the whodunit. The characters were all slow on the uptake, I guess. I'm really glad that s/he got his/her comeuppance though. Watching the police closing in was pretty awesome too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 12/3/2013

    " Loved this one. Great mystery and new characters along with others we have met before who are in a mystery of their own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 11/29/2013

    " Not a great mystery....figured out the plot by half way through... Liked the writing style though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Ellen | 11/19/2013

    " this was a great read. I like the story and the characters all have a great relationship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 9/4/2013

    " Great little mystery with lots of great herbal advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 9/3/2013

    " Easy read, although it took me awhile to get into it. Fluff mystery, but fun. Interwoven in the story were uses for herbs, medicinal and culinary, plus recipes, which added an interesting touch. I plan to go back and read the series from the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jilian Giles | 8/23/2013

    " I enjoy the China Bayles books. This one isn't the best one I've read, but it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/27/2013

    " I listened to this book on a Playaway, I think they are called, from my local library. The reader wasn't bad, the mystery part I figured out early on but still found the story and characters enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 4/13/2013

    " a great China Bayles mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Rohrbeck | 3/15/2013

    " This book was a little hard to get through at some points but I like her topics and writing so I pushed on and finished and liked it when it was all said and done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 1/25/2013

    " Albert shares her knowledge of herbs as every chapter lead describes an herb dealing with bones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 3/22/2012

    " This is one of Susan Wittig Albert's newest herbal mysteries featuring China Bayles in Texas. This plant I never heard of-Dead Man's Bones-but has great tidbits on it for any gardener. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/10/2012

    " I wouldn't mind spending a weekend in this little town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 11/22/2011

    " Another great mystery by Albert, this one concerning a skeleton found in a cave. Lots of herb history included for bone health. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Ferrari | 10/28/2011

    " More predictable than most of the series, but still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 6/2/2011

    " This wasn't one of the better in the series....kind of predictable all the way though. Enjoyable, but not exactly gripping!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie O'Hara-Salyers | 5/31/2011

    " One of my favorite authors. Have read all of her book in the series and this did not disappoint! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jilian | 4/24/2011

    " I enjoy the China Bayles books. This one isn't the best one I've read, but it was a fun read. "

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

    " Thoroughly evil old rich bitch kills 4 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 10/29/2009

    " Albert shares her knowledge of herbs as every chapter lead describes an herb dealing with bones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 6/17/2009

    " I enjoy this whole series of "herbal" mysteries featuring China Bayles, herb shop owner and amateur detective. She includes recipes for various herbal foods along with the story. Very fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/4/2009

    " I listened to this book on a Playaway, I think they are called, from my local library. The reader wasn't bad, the mystery part I figured out early on but still found the story and characters enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 2/21/2009

    " I liked it but not fantastic. Better than the first one I’ve read. China Bayles gets involved in solving a 30 yo murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sariah | 9/19/2008

    " I think this was more like a 3.5. I almost gave it a 4. It was a good story. It's just that it was easy to guess the whodunit. The characters were all slow on the uptake, I guess. I'm really glad that s/he got his/her comeuppance though. Watching the police closing in was pretty awesome too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 5/22/2008

    " I listened to this and it was better than my original review of 'not my favorite'. Listening to the stories made it better or maybe I was more in the mood for it this time. Anyway, a good listen. One of my favorite series. "

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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.