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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,115 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: 9781449802950
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Bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert sets this cozy mystery in the small West Texas town of Pecan Springs, telling the story of a woman’s search for justiceand of her struggle to reconcile the demands of her business with the desires of her heart.

Former big-city lawyer China Bayles worked hard to make her Texas herb shop, Thyme and Seasons, a success. Now business is booming at her charming new tea room, Thyme for Teabut China is too distracted to revel in her latest entrepreneurial triumph. When she’s not trying to spend more time with her new husband and stepson, she’s worrying about her best friend, Ruby, who just hasn’t been herself lately. To further complicate matters, Christmas is fast approaching, and China has to round up a supply of mistletoe, the season’s most popular herb. It seems an easy enough taskuntil her chief supplier turns up dead.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 1/15/2014

    " This was the first Albert book I read. It was near Christmas, stress and exhaustion where high, and this book was such a wonderful excape. The botanical twist with mystry is vary special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 12/27/2013

    " I didn't like this book as much as Lavender lies and Chile Death but it got rather exciting near the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallee | 12/13/2013

    " I enjoyed Mistletoe Man. As always, this is a good mystery. However, I wished the author would have spent more time on the child's reuniting with her biological mother. She did not let us know how the child, Melissa responded hearing the news of her birth, and just let you assume that the child was allowed to stay with her mother after what happened. You'll have to read the book to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni berkshire | 12/9/2013

    " Good one - Ruby attempts to keep part of her life private, bit of role reversal that annoys China. Think everyone knows someone like Aunt Velda, able to get by, but not exactly living in the world recognized by most folks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Ann | 12/3/2013

    " Cozy Christmastime easy-reading mystery, very little sex or violence, lots of suspects, just right for those times you want an enjoyable fireside read. The plotline was a little forced but not too bad. Although this title is listed as #9 in the China Bayles series, it can be read as a one-off without any problem (I was a newbie to this mystery series when I selected the title). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/1/2013

    " Same characters weird mystery...too many twists with little or no clues. I did figure out much of it but still seemed like a stretch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/12/2013

    " The plot of this one, as it hangs together with China's personal life, is not as "together" as some of the earlier books, but still really good. Liked the Christmas setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/10/2013

    " I think I'll try some more of her China Bayles books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 9/29/2013

    " this one seemed more scattered with too many sub plots. but I do love this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 9/23/2013

    " is pot really that valuable? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 7/25/2013

    " This is another great China Bayles herbal mystery, only during Christmas time in Christmas. Good tidbits of mistletoe lore and for gardening. A good crisp novel with plenty of intrigue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kk | 3/20/2013

    " Got this book as a gift from my Aunt since I moved to Austin, TX which is where the author is from and the book takes place around. Was a fun read. Did realize it was one of a series, may check out some more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B Shelton | 12/10/2012

    " Not as interesting or engrossing as her earlier works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Ellen | 10/29/2012

    " this China Bayles story was about friendship and companionship of friends. It was a great tale and the mystery was extra. grins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Bodwell | 10/12/2012

    " I really like this series. It's getting much better, too, with more herbal suggestions in each book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira | 8/5/2012

    " This is the second book I have read from Susan Wittig Albert. I love her writing it is easy to read a little bit here and there and not lose your place in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/20/2012

    " In this mystery, China's husband Mike McQuaid is writing a book; Ruby joins the "Tribe of One-breasted Women"; it's Christmas in Pecan Springs; and China and Ruby solve the hit-and-run murder of an unpleasant neighbor of two interesteing and eccentric sisters who supply China's shop with flowers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabra | 5/11/2012

    " One of my favorites! Very clever and suspenseful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dottie | 2/9/2012

    " Herb titled mystery series featuring China Bayles and set in Central TX hill country -- LOVE these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry Rembert | 11/19/2011

    " always good to read China Bayles "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 11/13/2011

    " This book is an example of why I like Albert. Her characters are understandable, and very human. China is struggling with what's wrong with Ruby, and also with the apparent hit-and-run of a local grower (or at least gatherer) of mistletoe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 9/23/2011

    " This is my favorite Susan Wittig Albert. This was my intro to the author and I became a fan. More please. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Miller | 5/11/2011

    " Loved Aunt Velma and the Klingons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/7/2011

    " Learned a few things about mistletoe! Other than that, a workmanlike mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.J. Prince | 4/26/2011

    " The character of China Bayles grows with each book. To read a new one is like sitting down with a pot of tea and catching up with an old friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira | 3/22/2011

    " This is the second book I have read from Susan Wittig Albert. I love her writing it is easy to read a little bit here and there and not lose your place in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 2/14/2011

    " This book is an example of why I like Albert. Her characters are understandable, and very human. China is struggling with what's wrong with Ruby, and also with the apparent hit-and-run of a local grower (or at least gatherer) of mistletoe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabra | 1/11/2011

    " One of my favorites! Very clever and suspenseful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/27/2010

    " I think I'll try some more of her China Bayles books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kk | 4/13/2010

    " Got this book as a gift from my Aunt since I moved to Austin, TX which is where the author is from and the book takes place around. Was a fun read. Did realize it was one of a series, may check out some more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 2/1/2010

    " Same characters weird mystery...too many twists with little or no clues. I did figure out much of it but still seemed like a stretch.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 8/14/2009

    " I didn't like this book as much as Lavender lies and Chile Death but it got rather exciting near the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. J. | 7/28/2009

    " The character of China Bayles grows with each book. To read a new one is like sitting down with a pot of tea and catching up with an old friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 7/30/2008

    " Good one - Ruby attempts to keep part of her life private, bit of role reversal that annoys China. Think everyone knows someone like Aunt Velda, able to get by, but not exactly living in the world recognized by most folks. "

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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.