Blood Orange (China Bayles Series #24)

Blood Orange (China Bayles Series #24)

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by Susan Wittig Albert
     
 

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In the newest China Bayles Mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, China comes to the aid of a nurse who ends up in the hospital...
 
It’s mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce from her husband

Overview

In the newest China Bayles Mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, China comes to the aid of a nurse who ends up in the hospital...
 
It’s mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce from her husband Rich. One nasty point of dispute is her part ownership of the Comanche Creek Brewing Company, which she is refusing to sell.
 
At the same time, as a nurse employed by a local hospice, Kelly has discovered instances of suspicious practices. Even more disturbing, she suspects that a patient was murdered. Kelly’s knowledge could be dangerous, and she wants to get guidance from China on what to do.
 
But on her way to China’s house, Kelly is forced off the road and critically injured, putting her in a medically induced coma. Now it’s up to China to determine who wanted her out of the picture. Was it her soon-to-be ex? His new lover—who happens to be the sister of China’s friend Ruby? Or someone connected with the corruption at the hospice?
 
China owes it to her friend to uncover the truth—but she may be putting her own life at risk...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/11/2016
Once again murder and small-town life go hand in glove in Albert's enchanting 24th China Bayles mystery (after 2015's Bittersweet). Hospice nurse Kelly Kaufman, who has been renting China's guest cottage in Pecan Springs, Tex., while going through a bitter divorce, disappears one day, but she later phones China to say that she needs the herbalist's help with a situation involving murder. While driving to meet China, Kelly has a car accident that leaves her in a coma. Police chief Sheila Dawson suspects it was no accident, and China begins to dig for more information. One obvious suspect is Kelly's husband, Richard, who's involved romantically with the erratic and ebullient sister of China's best friend and business partner, Ruby Wilcox. In addition, rumors about a disagreement between Kelly and hospice owner Marla Blake raise a red flag. China can't resist a mystery, even when it puts her in grave danger. Snippets of plant lore will please botanists. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Susan Wittig Albert’s
New York Times Bestselling China Bayles Mysteries
 
“Engrossing...China continues to appeal with her herbal information and savvy sleuthing.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“[China Bayles is] such a joy…An instant friend.”—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author
 
 “One of the best-written and [most] well-plotted mysteries I’ve read in a long time.”
Los Angeles Times
 
“[Albert] consistently turns out some of the best-plotted mysteries on the market.”
Houston Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425280003
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Series:
China Bayles Series , #24
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
31,783
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the New York Times bestselling author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
1940
Place of Birth:
Danville, Illinois
Education:
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Blood Orange 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually skipped over the lengthy descriptions/recipes. I was disappointed at the use of Ruby and her sister's magical powers as a very thin plot line. As a previous rater noted China's foray into the garage was not only predictable but uncharactoristically stupid. I also grew weary of having so much of what has been explained in previous books repeated (description of town, the shop, her previos life, the previous DOG's life, etc., etc.). I felt like she must have had a quota of words or pages to fill and this was just fodder. Overall very disappointed in much anticipated addition to series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Albert's beloved series us starting to get predictable. I enjoyed the story because of the familiar cast, but I had so hoped to get a plot that challenged me to figure it out. Unfortunately, this just didn't do it. Stephanie Clanahan
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
It never fails when I read a China Bayles Mystery by Susan Wittig Albert, I want to go work in my garden. The author combines mystery and suspense with the world of herbs in a smooth and easy flowing fashion. You don’t have to like herbs to enjoy her books, that’s just an added bonus. In her latest release, BLOOD ORANGE, protagonist China Bayles has rented her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who is in the midst of a nasty divorce. A short time later it appears Kelly has been kidnapped from the cottage only to contact China requesting her help with a possible murder. On her way to see China, Kelly is forced off the road and critically injured. Now China has to find out if Kelly’s plea for help had to do with the brewing company she co-owns with her husband or the local hospice she was abruptly let go from. As she handles her day-to-day business duties, cares for her daughter and looks into Kelly’s problems, China also wonders about her marriage and what her own husband, McQuaid, is up to during his extended out-of-town business trip. The author has developed likable characters that are well-balanced and realistic. The core characters are unique and the supporting cast of characters adds depth to the story. The small town setting of Pecan Springs, along with the herb shop location, makes this a pleasant atmosphere that draws readers in. The mystery and suspense is woven in such a manner to keep you guessing. The mix of herbal information and recipes is blended in seamlessly making for a well-rounded story. BLOOD ORANGE is the 24th installment in the China Bayles Mystery series. While this story can be read on its own, a deeper understanding of China and her actions will come from reading the series in order. A well-plotted mystery with a determined sleuth, this tale will hold you spellbound until the end where you’ll find delicious recipes from the story. Don’t be surprised if you also learn a great deal about herbs along the way. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
After twenty-four stories, the new China Bayles Mystery is as fresh as the herbs mentioned throughout. The first thing I know about a new China Bayles book is, I’m going to learn so many new things. Practically every chapter begins with information on different herbs, spices, and whatever each individual book is about. The second thing I know is, I’m in for an exciting, fast moving read. BLOOD ORANGE lives up to all of those expectations. This book touched on so many subjects. The everyday running of China’s many businesses, the world of beer brewing, and even hospice care. Oh, and murder. Like it or not, murder does seem to be a business for China. While that may sound to be all over the place confusing, author Susan Wittig Albert blends is all flawlessly into an intricate, and entertaining mystery that will have fans and new readers alike enthralled. Once you red BLOOD ORANGE, you’ll understand why this such a long running series. Don’t forget to check out the back of the book for some tasty recipes!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Blood Orange A China Bayles Mystery #24 by Susan Wittig Albert Expected Release Date: April 5, 2016 I have been reading this series for many years and I always look forward to reading another book featuring China Bayles and the wonderful folks in Pecan Springs. This book was intense from beginning to end. China has rented out her cottage to Kelly Kaufman, a hospice nurse who needs a quiet place to contemplate her divorce from her cheating husband. Kelly seems to have disappeared, but after receiving a harried phone call from Kelly, China agree to meet with her to get a better understanding of Kelly's concerns. Unfortunately Kelly doesn't make it to China's, she was in a car accident that leaves her critically injured and fighting for her life. China is determined to understand Kelly's brief phone call and soon she is wrapped up in a possible murder, medicare fraud and so much more. Reading a book in this series is like going home for a family reunion. I adore China, Ruby, McQuaid and all the other wonderful residents in Pecan Springs. This book works as a stand alone, so if you aren't familiar with the series, you will soon understand the camaraderie between all the characters. The author has a gentle way of writing that is easy to follow and each of her books is written with much love and devotion to her characters. I will be recommending this book to other cozy mystery lovers. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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