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Mistletoe Man (China Bayles Series #9)

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    Good addition to the China Bayles series

    I am a big China Bayles fan, so was glad to get this book. Love the herb and plant lore that Susan always puts into this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    A Christmas China

    I have read all the books in this series, in order, and that's the way I would recommend the series to anyone. I really like China and her friends. They seem like good old friends to me now after nine books. This is a really good example of a 'cozy'. Most of Ms. Albert's books in the series have had a lot more murder and mayhem with people getting shot and killed everywhere. That makes this one quite enjoyable. China can concentrate on solving the mystery, and not trying to dodge killers. I liked this book, but just the same, it is predictable. An astute reader will be able to pick up on Ruby's problem right away and maybe on the murderer too. Still I recommend this series. The characters that people these books are so very real, and I love them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Who knew the Mistletoe Man?

    This was the first China Bayles mystery that I read, and I promptly went out and bought the previous books in the series. The characters, the relationships, the setting, the puzzling mystery are what makes up not only a good mystery but also a good story. I didn't know just how good a story until I had read all the previous China Bayles' mysteries. Each book is delightful on its own; however, this series does indeed develop as a series and is well worth reading starting at the beginning in its entirety. So far, I have six other people hooked on the series. All I had to do was give them one.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent amateur sleuth

    Four months have passed since the wedding that almost was not, but China Bayles and Mike McQuaid are settled into marital bliss. China is slowly overcoming her fears of marriage and commitment while still running her herb shop, Thyme and Seasons. She is also working on a new business venture with her partner Ruby Wilcox. They think that Thyme for Tea, an authentic teashop in the heart of Texas is a sure winner. Meanwhile, Mike continues to heal from injuries suffered a year ago is writing the definitive history of the Texas Rangers (law enforcement not baseball). <P>For no apparent reason, Ruby turns ice cold towards China while two lizards belonging to Mike¿s son disappears down the drainpipe. Finally, someone runs over China¿s mistletoe supplier with the evidence pointing towards the family in a land dispute with the victim. China likes the alleged perpetrators, flower growers who provide her with Christmas wreaths. She drags Ruby with her and begins sleuthing not yet aware that their initial findings make things worse for the flower growing family. <P>One of the most endearing and personable amateur sleuths is China Bayles, a person that readers feel they know and like. In every novel in the series, best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert makes China and her support cast feels like neighbors. MISTLETOE MAN is a complete package that deals with new marriages, estranged friendships, and the maturity that one person cannot save the world but can make it a bit better for everyone. The personnel side enhances a fantastic mystery filled with curves that leave the reader guessing until the end, a trademark of Ms. Albert. <P>Harriet Klausner

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