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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,016 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: 9781440773976
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Between the herb shop, the catering business, and a weekend paper-making class, China Bayles has her work cut out for her. And now China’s half- brother is opening up old wounds, trying to investigate their father’s supposedly accidental death, and her husband is taking on the case—meaning she’s just bound to get involved.

To put the unsavory business out of her mind, she’s gathering supplies for making paper. But in a patch of yucca plants, she finds a body—cause of death unknown. Many residents of Pecan Springs live seemingly simple lives that hide complex and dangerous pasts, and it appears the victim was one of them. Now, while unraveling secrets that hit close to home, China must set the record straight and find a killer.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/15/2014

    " A good China Bayle mystery with a little more MCQuaid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 2/5/2014

    " a good China bayles mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.R. Moler | 2/4/2014

    " It's pretty obvious that there are unsolved plot lines in this book there are probably in line for the next one. "

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

    " This is the second in a three book grouping that shares a common story arc that was a subplot in the previous book. I expected there to be a bit more in this book dealing with that subplot, but there wasn't a lot and that kind of disappointed me. But as usual, China and her friends found plenty of other things to get wrapped up in and I still really enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oleta | 2/3/2014

    " Loved it. can't wait to read nightshade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 1/19/2014

    " A little bit darker, dealing with drugs and dementia and the mystery of the death of China's father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mascanlon | 1/18/2014

    " A very solid mystery and entertaining story. I enjoy all of my visits with China. A teaser for the next book as China and her step brother delve into the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/16/2014

    " read at the beach in playa del carmen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Naranjo | 1/14/2014

    " My sister loves this series and I always read it too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/6/2014

    " I was a little let down. Not a very exciting ending. There was never any danger or confronting the killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 12/26/2013

    " Very well done. I recommend this book highly, but you have to read Bleeding Hearts first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Rohrbeck | 12/26/2013

    " Great story and I really enjoyed the topic - paper making from different fibers. Her herbal knowledge never ceases to amaze and educate me. Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 12/25/2013

    " Books in this series get better as they go along. Almost to the end of them but looking forward to future character developments and more heart tugging stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/16/2013

    " Always enjoy the China Bayles mysteries, this is no different. When you have time to just escape for a fast read-this could be it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/30/2013

    " If you decide to read this author check out her website and read the books in order. I love the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 7/30/2013

    " I wish the Whiz would make another appearance and that problems would not be solved by killing off the problematic partner in a relationship or crime. I'm getting so that I recognize the clues too early in the book and so at the end don't feel satisfied with the result. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 6/21/2013

    " Fifteenth book in her long-running series, the characters continue to evolve, though Wittig-Albert's style seems more conversational than in the early books. She still manages to set up a good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/31/2013

    " The darkest of the series so far, but still a good read. On to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 12/17/2012

    " I really like China and McQuaid together! He reminds me a lot of Margaret Maron's Dwight Bryant - and you know I love me some Dwight Bryant!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 11/9/2012

    " Always love Susan Wittig Albert, even try some of her recipes on occasion. She paints such a good picture of her life in a small Texas town, and all the additional information about herbs is fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/15/2012

    " Another mystery series - what can I say? This may be my favorite mystery series (Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series). It is the most consistent in writing and content. Other series have some books a lot better than others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/29/2012

    " This isn't quite as charming at the character/setting level as some of the other books in this series, but the mystery is stronger to make up for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/15/2011

    " I loved the China Bayles series. It's always an enjoyable read with tidbits of herbal information of the focus plant of the series. A good series. "

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

    " i really like this author- not your ordinary mystery book. i am into herbs and she incorporates a different herb into each murder mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/1/2011

    " Wish my library had more of her books, but I probably won't buy them. They are fun reads. "

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

    " I like all of Susan Wittig Albert "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Ellen | 4/19/2011

    " Great book. a good mystery and great solving skills. You will like it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 2/6/2011

    " Love the entire series. Poor Ruby, she always falls for the wrong man. Got to love her spirit. I never knew so much about herbs & never thought I would be interested.but China & the gang makes it real & fun! To the shelf! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 11/6/2010

    " I wish the Whiz would make another appearance and that problems would not be solved by killing off the problematic partner in a relationship or crime. I'm getting so that I recognize the clues too early in the book and so at the end don't feel satisfied with the result. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.R. | 9/28/2010

    " It's pretty obvious that there are unsolved plot lines in this book there are probably in line for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/18/2009

    " Another mind-blowing China Bayles mystery. It saddens me that I'm drawing close to the "end" (most recent release) of the books. Only three to go before I've caught up and must join the ranks of those who wait restlessly for the new novel! I'm such a huge fan of Susan Albert. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 9/25/2009

    " A good China Bayle mystery with a little more MCQuaid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/1/2009

    " My sister loves this series and I always read it too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/28/2009

    " Easy to read, fun and fast story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 7/9/2009

    " I really like China and McQuaid together! He reminds me a lot of Margaret Maron's Dwight Bryant - and you know I love me some Dwight Bryant!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/7/2008

    " This is the second book of her's that I have read and while a little fluffy I like them as a series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/12/2008

    " Always enjoy the China Bayles mysteries, this is no different. When you have time to just escape for a fast read-this could be it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 8/20/2008

    " Always love Susan Wittig Albert, even try some of her recipes on occasion. She paints such a good picture of her life in a small Texas town, and all the additional information about herbs is fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 8/6/2008

    " Lots of progression for the characters. They all have many changes in their lives - interesting about yucca plants, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 6/12/2008

    " Fifteenth book in her long-running series, the characters continue to evolve, though Wittig-Albert's style seems more conversational than in the early books. She still manages to set up a good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 5/28/2008

    " I have been looking for this book to buy and read and I finally found it! Of course I love all of the books in this series. China Bayles rocks! "

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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.