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By: Albert, Susan Wittig.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Albert, Susan Wittig. China Bayles mysteries: ; Albert, Susan Wittig. China Bayles mysteries: 17.; Thorndike Press large print mystery series: Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Bath, England : Thorndike Press ; Chivers Large Print, 2009Edition: Large print edition.Description: 453 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781410417015 (lg. print : hc : alk. paper); 1410417018 (lg. print : hc : alk. paper); 9781408456620 (U.K. hardcover); 1408456621 (U.K. hardcover); 9781408456637 (U.K. softcover); 140845663X (U.K. softcover).Subject(s): Shakers -- Kentucky -- Fiction | Shakers -- United States -- Kentucky -- Fiction | Bayles, China (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Herbalists -- Fiction | Women private investigators -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Large type booksGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Large type books. | Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 813/.54 Summary: China Bayles isn't anxious to leave her herb shop in the Texas Hill Country for two whole weeks. But her friends and family are urging her to get some rest, and a historic Shaker village in Kentucky seems the ideal place for it. At Mount Zion, China can assist her friend Martha with some herbal workshops while learning about the Shakers, famous for their peaceful ways. As it turns out, the modern version of the village is plagued by misfortune - and murder.
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China Bayles's friends and family are urging her to get some rest--and a Kentucky Shaker village seems the ideal place for it. But the restored modern version of the village is plagued with misfortune.

"A China Bayles mystery"--Cover p. [4].

China Bayles isn't anxious to leave her herb shop in the Texas Hill Country for two whole weeks. But her friends and family are urging her to get some rest, and a historic Shaker village in Kentucky seems the ideal place for it. At Mount Zion, China can assist her friend Martha with some herbal workshops while learning about the Shakers, famous for their peaceful ways. As it turns out, the modern version of the village is plagued by misfortune - and murder.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Murders past and present with a Shaker link intersect in alarming ways in Albert's engaging 17th China Bayles puzzler (after 2008's Nightshade). Recent painful events help prompt China, who runs an herb shop and tearoom in Pecan Springs, Tex., to visit her herbalist friend Martha Edmond at Kentucky's Mount Zion Shaker Village, whose board president, Rachel Hart, wants to turn the quaint Shaker museum center into an upscale spa, contrary to the spirit of the original believers. Martha asks China to investigate recent disturbing events, including vandalism, the suicide of a thieving gift shop manager and, according to financial director Allie Chatham, Rachel's embezzlement of funds. When Allie's later found dead in Zion's pool, where a Shaker woman drowned in 1912, Martha and China suspect murder. Shaker-inspired recipes, excerpts from a fictional Shaker journal, insights into the Shaker religion and plenty of herbal lore enhance another winner from this dependable veteran. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

This seventeenth mystery in Albert's series finds herbalist China Bayles leaving her comfort zone in Texas and traveling with her friend Martha on a two-week vacation to a restored Shaker village in Mount Zion, Kentucky. Martha will be giving a series of herbal workshops and wants China's assistance both in the presentations and in solving the mystery of why Martha's Aunt Charity abruptly left the Shaker fold back in 1912. China is intrigued with the chance to learn more about Shaker history and especially their tradition of gathering medicinal herbs. It turns out, inevitably, that besides Aunt Charity's mystery, there is a present-day problem to solve. A series of unexplained tensions and acts of sabotage at the seemingly idyllic village suddenly escalate to a shocking death. Albert's love of historic research comes shining through in this novel, which offers a fascinating portrait of the Shaker way of life. As usual, the author's knowledge of herbs enlivens the text, as do the recipes that are scattered throughout.--Coon, Judy Copyright 2009 Booklist