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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, Thérèse Plummer Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The China Bayles Mysteries Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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