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By: Albert, Susan Wittig.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Albert, Susan Wittig. China Bayles mysteries: ; Albert, Susan Wittig. China Bayles mysteries: 18.; A China Bayles mystery: Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010Description: 432 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781410427373; 1410427374.Subject(s): Bayles, China (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Women detectives -- Fiction | Herbalists -- Fiction | Mystery | Texas -- FictionGenre/Form: Large type books. | Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 813/.54 Summary: China Bayles is fit to spit when her husband's troubled ex-wife, Sally, shows up at her herb shop, claiming to be broke with nowhere else to turn. When she invites Sally to stay, China starts receiving menacing calls from an "ex" of Sally's, who seems to have a connection to the murder of her parents nearly a decade ago.
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China Bayles is fit to spit when her husband's troubled ex-wife, Sally, shows up at her herb shop claiming to be broke with nowhere else to turn. China isn't sure if it's the goodness of her heart or the scent of Christmas wreaths, but she invites Sally to stay. Then China starts receiving menacing phone calls from an "ex" of Sally's. With her P. I. husband out of town, it's up to China to weed out the truth behind what Sally is running from ...

China Bayles is fit to spit when her husband's troubled ex-wife, Sally, shows up at her herb shop, claiming to be broke with nowhere else to turn. When she invites Sally to stay, China starts receiving menacing calls from an "ex" of Sally's, who seems to have a connection to the murder of her parents nearly a decade ago.

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Publishers Weekly Review

The arrival in Pecan Springs, Tex., of Sally Strahorn, the insecure ex-wife of China Bayles's husband, PI Mike McQuaid, leads to trouble in Albert's sprightly 18th China Bayles mystery (after 2009's Wormwood). Against her better judgment, herbalist and tea-shop owner China takes pity on Sally, who's just lost her home and suffers from split personality disorder, and offers her a place to stay. Soon enough, a stalker targeting Sally makes threatening calls to China, and the police suspect Sally of involvement in a murder. With Mike away on business, China again turns sleuth to determine what connection the stalker might have to the deaths of Sally's parents almost 10 years earlier-and to prevent any harm to herself or her children. More than once China and her best friend, Ruby, dress up as Sesame Street characters to disarm suspicion. Series fans will enjoy catching up with old friends, though newcomers are likely to find the soap-operish family relationships of less interest. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Book Review

Christmas with herbalist China Bayles and a visitor who spells trouble. Although traffic has been slow at her shops, China and her familyher husband Mike McQuaid, private eye and part-time college professor, his son Brian, and China's niece Caitlinare making do. When Mike's former wife, Brian's mom Sally Strahorn, turns up begging for a place to stay, China, a tough former trial lawyer, feels sorry for Sally, who has multiple-personality disorder and claims to be broke. Things change when China starts getting phone calls from a polite but somehow menacing stranger who wants to see Sally and claims to have the car Sally says was repossessed. Though a case takes Mike to Omaha and leaves China on her own, she can always count on her business partner Ruby and her friends, who include the chief of police and the county sheriff. Sally vanishes just before the police chief comes looking for her as a person of interest in her sister's murder. She pops up just long enough to phone China and beg her to get Mike to go to her hometown in Kansas, where the librarian claims to know who murdered Sally's parents and perhaps lit the fuse to all her current problems. For the sake of Brian, China and Mike struggle to find the truth.Albert's Texas Hill Country mysteries (Wormwood, 2009, etc.) are always a good value for both the mystery and the horticultural insights.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.