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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (0 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: 9781440774195
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Susan Wittig Albert has won critical acclaim and a devoted following for her China Bayles mysteries featuring beloved herb shop and tearoom owner China. In Wormwood, the death of a woman in a pool—where a Shaker woman drowned in 1912—sets the stage for a perplexing whodunit.

Evil can worm its way into the purest of hearts.

China Bayles needs rest, and a historic Shaker village in Kentucky seems the ideal place for it. There she can learn about the intriguing, dwindling Shaker culture and its medicinal herbs. Unfortunately, the village is plagued with misfortune and strife. China wonders if, with the help of some age-old journals full of scandal, she can get to the bottom of it. But after a shocking death occurs during her stay, China will plunge into the archives of another time to connect the sins of the past with a modern-day murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • … another winner from this dependable veteran. Publishers Weekly "In a class with … sleuths V.I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum" --- Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Am | 5/15/2011

    " This was more interesting read than other books I have read of Albert's. The present day mystery is intertwined with a mystery of the past. Albert goes from the present day to the past, to unravel both mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C J | 5/1/2011

    " China Bayles is a very good character and the mysteries are always entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marion | 3/4/2011

    " Although I'm very much intrigued by the shakers and found this story a pleasant read.. I kept thinking of Rueful death when China went to a nunnery and solved a similar case over there.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/3/2011

    " Oops, I accidently picked another wormwood book, which I really didn't read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/26/2011

    " About Shakers communities, and uses the excerpts from journals to illustrate their lives. The way the old time setting and the modern day happenings are interlaced together is really fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/20/2010

    " I always like the China Bayles' books and especially liked the juxtaposition of chapters based on an 1800's Shaker village with the modern day story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 10/31/2010

    " Always like China Bayles, herb shop owner, sleuth, and this book especially interesting for all its info on the Shakers. Good plot as well. Not sure I will enjoy her next as she appears to be adding an additional main character, a teenage girl, not exactly my interest. Will see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilhelmina | 9/12/2010

    " A light, entertaining, cozy mystery. This entry into the series had interesting information about the Shakers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 8/17/2010

    " makes me want to learn more about Shaker history.

    can't wait for the next China Bayles story! This is the only cozy mystery series I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conyers | 8/3/2010

    " Good mystery! Really enjoyed learning about the herbs...and how can you not enjoy a book with recipes in the back? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/25/2010

    " An OK book, but very slow and repetitive , as, essentially, each story is told twice, once in the present and once in the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/25/2010

    " Normally I love the China Bayles books, but did not enjoy this one. It takes awhile to understand what is going on, the story isn't bad, (with some good recipes), but it drags. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mich | 5/23/2010

    " i miss china bayles... this was ok... she figured out a mystery while visiting a shaker village in kentucky
    eh eh.. i think i needed a fix and im not sure this totally fixed it. i hope the neXT one is like a REAL china book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 5/21/2010

    " Interesting stuff about the Shakers but I figured out "who dunnit" way before the end. Lots of interesting herbal lore, too. "

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