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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (792 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Julia Gibson, Therese Plummer, Thérèse Plummer Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The China Bayles Mysteries Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781461804017
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While Pecan Springs, Texas bustles back to life in the warmth of spring, one woman’s life is tragically brought to an end. Herbalist (and former lawyer) China Bayles happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it’s arson homicide.

Jessica Nelson, an intern-reporter at the local paper, is assigned to cover the story. But she’s gotten herself too deeply involved. When Jessica disappears, China is determined to find her, before she becomes headlines herself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enjoyable… A serviceable plot keeps readers guessing about both victim and killer, while Albert provides a strong helping of botanical lore—this time on psychoactive plants and their use—and a handful of intriguing recipes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Listeners won’t go wrong with this pleasant cozy.”

    AudioFile

  • “The story features well-drawn secondary characters and lots of herbal lore, this time on mood-altering plants…For readers who enjoy the small-town settings and close-knit communities of Earlene Fowler’s Benni Harper series.”

    Booklist

  • “China continues to provide good value, with solid mysteries, fascinating herbal lore, and appended recipes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

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

    " Continuing series about China Bayles (former attorney) who now owns an herb shop in Texas. Have read all of this series and seen the characters grow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/29/2014

    " The novel Mourning Gloria is another book in the China Bayles series by Susan Wittig Albert. Not only did I find the storyline very interesting but also found the information interspersed through the novel on mood-altering and psychoactive plants fascinating. Much of that information was new to me. As always, China's keen intelligence and investigative skills are at work. In this novel, a young journalist gets too close to a killer involved with a drug cartel and ends up in serious danger. China becomes concerned when Jessica ends us missing and ends up going on an investigative search of her own to find Jessica. The plot is fast moving and suspenseful. I love the novels in China Bayles series by Susan Wittig Albert and highly recommend this one as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Richmond | 1/25/2014

    " Albert's mysteries are a pleasure to read. I have liked almost all of the Thyme and Seasons herb shop books, and I particularly like the town that Albert has created: Pecan Springs, TX. China Bayles, herbalist and owner of the local herb shop, is a sharply drawn female character. No shrinking violet here--and she is smart and capable as a businesswoman, too. In this latest mystery, Bayles helps Sheriff Blackie Blackwell identity a burned body and search for the missing journalism intern. Lots of red herrings, but always a satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne Talley | 1/16/2014

    " I really enjoy this series, for it's little slice of Texas life and the information on herbs and plants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/15/2014

    " I'd taken a break from China since her stories were beginning to seem like reruns. This one has a nice new twist to it and I enjoyed her adventures once more. I think the addition of Baby Grace and Caitie are pluses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Allen | 1/10/2014

    " One of the best China Bayles books yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/8/2014

    " I really enjoy these China Bayles mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 12/30/2013

    " I'm a first-time reader of a book from the China Bayles mystery series. I'll be reading more of the series. A delightful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 12/21/2013

    " Good Mystery with recipes at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 12/17/2013

    " Just finished this one & caught because I know Caitlin is new & China loves to give them a FACE when they are new but I missed Ruby & some of the other great characters. Still enjoyes it.but wanted more story. "

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

    " I had read some negative reviews of this book but I was captured, as usual, by the folks in Pecan Springs and didn't want to leave them. Enjoyed this new outing just as much as previous stories. "

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

    " I can't believe this is the 19th book in the China Bayles series. I'm still enjoying it. Albert keeps the stories and characters fresh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 10/29/2013

    " Always enjoy this series, and this book no exception. Besides a good plot, likeable characters, the knowledge of herbs is an added plus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 8/28/2013

    " As usual, a great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane S. | 6/15/2013

    " Love the China Bayle mysteries, the town of Pecan Springs and all its residents and the way the author writes one can tel she does too. These are more chracter based mysteries, but the storyline is very good as well, and as a bonus one finds out a great deal about herbs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvette Irvine | 5/19/2013

    " A light fluffy read. Nothing too in depth but a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira | 11/5/2012

    " I love it when April comes around and I get to visit Pecan Springs again !! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 6/21/2012

    " This was my lightweight choice for a quick summer read; I like the China Bayles series and I love the herbal lore. I learned something about drug smuggling and college students drug use. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay Webb | 6/8/2012

    " excellent story; I really liked the third person scenes with the intern reporter as an addition to China's first person narrative "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 5/26/2012

    " I have missed China, it is great to spend some time with her again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 3/24/2012

    " I love this little series. Since I have read all the others,I feel like she doesn't need to keep giving us the same information in every book. It seems as if China is becoming much to interested in the crimes even putting her step-children in danger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 3/3/2012

    " 3.5 stars. Albert continues to keep this series fresh with good mysteries and herbal facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Gurri | 2/23/2012

    " I started the summer mystery binge early this year with one of my favorites. Usually I don't read more than one series by an author but Susan Wittig Albert is the exception. Her Beatrix Potter series is fun and I'm looking forward to reading the first in the Darling Dahlias. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/19/2012

    " Another great book in this series! A surprise at the end ... it wasn't who I thought it was. More recipes, too, that I can't wait to try!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/12/2011

    " I really enjoy these China Bayles mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 9/19/2011

    " Fun quick reads- China Bayles mysteries are similar to The Alphabet series....by Sue Grafton- clever plotting... easy to pick up and put down....pleasant diversions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spuddie | 8/30/2011

    " Another great entry in a favorite series--some of these are better than others, but this was one of the good ones. Hard to put down with lots of seat-of-your-pants suspense but also a nice visit with China, Ruby and the gang. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 8/24/2011

    " I really like this series....always waiting for the next one to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 8/2/2011

    " China Bayles is always a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/29/2011

    " Another great China Bayles mystery--more suspenseful than some. Great plot and characters. Love this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 7/23/2011

    " I can't believe this is the 19th book in the China Bayles series. I'm still enjoying it. Albert keeps the stories and characters fresh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 7/17/2011

    " Liked this one better than some of her previous work, in that the climax was not contrived to place the heroine in jeopardy. This one played out as more of a police procedural, and was to my mind more believable. Well written, with the special touch of herbal lore and recipes. "

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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 Narrators

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.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a six-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles, and, as counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a six-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles, and, as counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.