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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (975 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Julia Gibson, Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The China Bayles Mysteries Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781440791161
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In this sixteenth entry in Susan Wittig Albert’s long-running mystery series, China is finally on the verge of finding out the truth about her father’s death. But her reservations about letting her half-brother Miles hire her husband prove all too accurate when she discovers Miles has a hidden agenda. Download and start listening now!

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  • Details of herbs and herbal remedies continue to flavor the always-intriguing plots. Booklist

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Martin | 2/14/2014

    " A book doesn't have to be 5 stars to be perfect. The China Bayles series, read by Johanna Parker, is one that I return to often, just because the characters are like old friends and Albert's consistently good writing makes each book a satisfying vistit. Oh, and I nearly always learn something new or develop a new insight into something in my own life. These are terrific books, leading me on each time to finish up quickly. "

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

    " More intense than some of the others--more people get killed, although it's not gory, but it gets to be more than I wanted to read about. Ties up some loose ends set up in the previous books in the series in a dramatic fashion. Albert varies from the usual first-person China Bayles point of view by including some chapters from her husband Mike McQuaid's point of view. That would have been fine except she puts all the McQuaid chapters in relentless present tense, like a new journalism student who's been told that's what you're supposed to do--perhaps an editorial suggestion to further distinguish the two voices? Anyway, it doesn't work for me; I found it distracting. Otherwise a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Mason | 2/7/2014

    " I like the style. McQuaid sort of speaking was different, but it worked well. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/28/2014

    " (3.5 stars) This is the 16th book in the China Bayles series and is the conclusion of a 3 book mini-arc involving China's father. Her recently discovered half brother from a long term affair has been investigating their father's death. He hires China's husband, McQuaid as an investigator. When the wrecked car is located, after being hidden by his mother (formerly their father's secretary). China is still dealing with some conflicting feelings both about her father and the possibilities of murder, when events make a big turn and she becomes fully involved along with McQuaid. The plot thickens with some potential conspiracies going back to her father's law firm and some of their more shady clients. In her personal life, China is dealing with becoming more acquainted with the niece she never knew and is helping her best friend, Ruby, recover from a loss in her life. As usual, the characters are involving, as is the mystery. The book has several chapters written from McQuaid's point of view, and contains recipes and herbal lore. This series continues to be a cut above the typical "cozy mystery" genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira | 1/28/2014

    " Didn't like it as well as others in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 1/10/2014

    " A solid entry in this series. This is the third in a trilogy within the 16 (at this point) in the series, involving a story about China's father. I'm glad the story line on this is over, but the book itself was well-done. This series never disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ma'lis Wendt | 12/30/2013

    " Another good mystery with China Bayles--but with less herbal involvement this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/23/2013

    " This is the latest in the China Bayles series. It's also the last book of a trilogy within the series about the death of China's father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigette | 11/22/2013

    " Somehow I missed this one. Not sure I love the McQuaid sections, they are slightly 'off'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NancyL Luckey | 11/22/2013

    " Several murders in this one. I don't see how the author can keep coming up with such different plots! This one was complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/11/2013

    " Good as usual! I always enjoy her books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 11/2/2013

    " Now we dig.deeper.into Chinas past & she really displays such emotion. Who knew? She seems so hard core to family, like her mom but then you see the.underbelly coming out. Another good read for the shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/8/2013

    " I just discovered China Bayles over the Christmas break, and I am loving these books for the mindless local mysteries interspersed with herbs, Texas Hill Country lore and small-town shops, and just plain fun. I have gone back to the library for more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/7/2013

    " I love this author and her use of historical facts. It has caused me to rethink events that occurred many years ago in Texas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/30/2013

    " another great installment in the series - loved finding out the end of the ongoing mystery surrounding China's father - there's a bit of a tease in here that makes me happy because it means there will be more books to come "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 5/22/2013

    " The new approach of changing tenses from China to McQuaid was difficult for me to handle--would rather his voice be in the same tense as China's. Other than that, which slowed the flow for me, the story as a continuation of other books in the series was quite absorbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail McGaffigan | 3/15/2013

    " After waitIng sixteen books to have all my questions about Miles answered, I am satisfied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 10/2/2012

    " Third and final book in a series relating to the death of China's father. Engaging characters and interesting plot. Like others I found the tense change in alternating chapters disturbing. Author is far more successful writing in China's voice rather than McQuaid's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 11/28/2011

    " Another great mystery from Susan Wittig Albert. In this tale, she delves into China's past to solve the mystery surrounding her father's death. She also provides a look at things from China's husband's viewpoint. Wittig Albert's mysteries are always a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 9/22/2011

    " Different. Having the McQuaid perspective kind of threw me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cyndee | 9/9/2011

    " This book uses 2 verb tenses alternating in chapters--very non-settling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 9/2/2011

    " This is a solid but not brilliant mystery series, and 'Nightshade" is above average for the series--I like China Bayles character, and she has not gotten weird or edgy. There are chapters from McQuaid's point of view which is new, and successful, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 8/8/2011

    " It was a highly enjoyable listen. I liked listening to both China and McQuade telling the story from their own sides of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/29/2011

    " I felt like I was reading about friends and neighbors. lLooking forward to another visit with China and Ruby! "

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

    " rather too much pickle in places "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whittney | 11/13/2010

    " I did this on audio. China is sort of a no nonsense personality which enhances the rare moments of humor. I thought the narrator portrayed her well. Also, sometimes mysteries with recipes get a little old, but these stories really use details of the theme herb/plant to enhance the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 8/9/2010

    " Another good one in the China Bayles series. I really enjoy the addition of the herbal lore with the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Hawn | 6/12/2010

    " I was listening to this book in Virginia and there was a defect in the third CD. I need to get it again from Fernandina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalie | 5/26/2010

    " A funny entertaining mystery. Nothing deep at all, but a good summer read.The herb info and recipes are great.It is harder to get the info on CD, but they still put it in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/12/2010

    " Really liked this! The herbal lore adds a new interest feature and the mystery part was pretty good. Nothing too challenging but different. Am reading another by the same author now and have one more waiting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/1/2010

    " This one was pretty obvious...where else would a Pickle Queen die but in a vat of pickle juice :-) Interesting twists in this one too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/26/2009

    " Enjoyable murder mystery from a reliable author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phifer, | 5/25/2009

    " I enjoy the recipes and the other tidbits that usually included in the "China Bayles Mystery Books). Just too wonderful for words!! Yeah "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 3/15/2009

    " Perhaps I've just read one too many of these. It is way past formulaic and the corny dill jokes didn't help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catsalive | 7/29/2008

    " Very enjoyable. These China Bayles mysteries get better each year. "

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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.

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.