Death Come Quickly (China Bayles Series #22)

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Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is back in New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert's Death Come Quickly. This time a friend’s murder may be the key to solving a nearly fifteen-year-old cold case…

When China and Ruby’s friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend’s death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the almost ...

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Overview

Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is back in New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert's Death Come Quickly. This time a friend’s murder may be the key to solving a nearly fifteen-year-old cold case…

When China and Ruby’s friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend’s death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the almost fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen?

Delving into the cold case, China learns the motive for the first murder may be related to a valuable collection of Mexican art. Enlisting the help of her San Antonio lawyer friend Justine Wyzinski—aka the Whiz—China is determined to track down the murderer. But is she painting herself into a corner from which there’s no escape?

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Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
The fatal mugging of Karen Prior in a west Texas mall kicks off Albert’s perky 22nd mystery featuring herbalist and former lawyer China Bayles (after 2013’s Widow’s Tears). Before she died, Karen, a teacher friend of China’s, was supervising a student documentary on the murder of local art lover Christine Morris some 15 years earlier. The man charged with Morris’s murder and later acquitted was an apparent suicide. How the deaths fit together and their relationship to the Mexican art market is murky indeed. The book’s first half meanders along, nice for readers interested in the minutiae of China’s life, a tad boring for everyone else. But the pace picks up when China gets serious about the investigation. China gets help from her best friend and business partner, Ruby Wilcox, whose thinking is strictly intuitive, and her investigator husband, Mike McQuaid, who, like law enforcement husbands everywhere, tries to keep her from getting involved. Albert skillfully weaves legal and herbal information into the plot. (Apr.)
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Praise for Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles Mysteries“One of the best-written and [most] well-plotted mysteries I’ve read in a long time.”—Los Angeles Times“Such a joy… An instant friend.”—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author “Albert’s dialogue and characterizations put her in a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum.”—Publishers Weekly“[Albert] consistently turns out some of the best-plotted mysteries on the market.” —Houston Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425255636
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: China Bayles Series, #22
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 345,545
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wittig Albert

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 author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

Biography

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 now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, she writes the Victorian Mysteries series, along with her husband, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books, LTD.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Albert, she revealed some fun facts about herself:

"My first job was selling ladies' undies at Woolworth's for 35 cents an hour in Danville, Illinois."

I learned to garden from my mother, who thought that the most important thing you did every spring was to plant the potatoes. I learned to read from my father, who never planted a potato in his life. Somehow, I managed to create a life and make a living between these two extremes. Happily, I haven't had to go back to selling undies. Not yet, anyway."

"I love living in the country with Bill, two black Labs, and a black cat. I'd rather read a book or write one than do just about anything else in the world, except maybe for gardening and sitting in a bathtub full of hot, hot water and bubbles. Or knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing -- I'm a fiber-arts fanatic."

"You can find out what I'm doing today (or what I did yesterday) by checking out my web log, at susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes (but there's no web cam, so don't look for me in the bathtub)."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robin Paige
    1. Date of Birth:
      1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Danville, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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  • Posted April 8, 2015

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    Death Come Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert

    Susan Wittig Albert continues the China Bayles series with her 22nd book, Death Come Quickly. Readers who enjoy an intelligent heroine will find China both smart and intuitive. Her background as a lawyer always makes things interesting and she has a sarcastic wit that enlivens every one of the China Bayles books. Albert has a knack for writing amazing characters and China has a sidekick or two that will have readers laughing and scratching their heads at times. Death Come Quickly is a paperback release and a great addition to the series. China is back. Susan Wittig Albert gives readers a lot to cheer about with this heroine. Not only is she smart but she's also determined. I like that in a heroine. I want a take charge kind of person to lead a good cozy and China is certainly that. Albert gives her a great voice, she is sarcastic but not annoyingly so and I was really excited to see if China would rise to the challenge once again in Albert's latest book. She most certainly does! This one had a whole lot going on. There is one murder that takes place in the present and one that takes place in the past. The cold case murder of a former art collector brought readers into a world where art and forgery went hand in hand. I loved the mystery aspects of this once since they centered around Mexican art. China uses her vast knowledge of herbs as well as her research skills from her lawyering days. A great combination of China's skills as an investigator. One of my favorite parts of this series is all of herb lore that Susan Wittig Albert imparts to her readers through China's interest in the the subject. I can't wait for each book to come out to see which herbs or plants are going to be featured. There is always something new and different to explore and learn about. This is one of those series' that always has a practical use beyond the book. Love that part of the series. Bottom Line: Pecan Springs hasn't changed much and long time readers of the series will love catching up with their old favorites while being introduced to new and engaging characters as well. China Bayles is a tough cookie and a great cozy heroine, smart about tons of things including deductive reasoning in murder cases and herbs and plants that fit into the story in several different ways. Death Come Quickly is one in a long line of great books by a great author. And the recipes aren't bad either! Great book...

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  • Posted April 7, 2015

    DEATH COME QUICKLY was sent to me by the publisher to review and

    DEATH COME QUICKLY was sent to me by the publisher to review and is the first book I’ve read in the China Bayles series. I’ll admit that when I purchase books, unless it’s a series I already know, the cover is what draws me in. Don’t get me wrong, the covers in this series are beautiful, they’re just not the cozy covers I’m used to, so I never gave them a chance. Well, I’m happy the chance was given to me. 

    I enjoyed the way Ms. Albert started each chapter with “Herbs of Good and Ill Omen”. It was extremely interesting to learn about the beliefs associated with all the different plants me mentioned.

    I really liked the character China. She’s a wonderful protagonist. I felt a connection with her right away. All the characters in the story are incredibly well written and so multidimensional. 

    The story itself is extremely compelling. Very detailed and intriguing. It had much more happening than the back cover description alone would lead you to believe. And it as a pleasant surprise to find recipes at the end of the book. 

    I now know what so many other readers before me already knew. . . . Susan Wittig Albert is a great author and she now has a new fan of the China Bayles series in me. 

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    One of my favorite series

    I really enjoyed this one, and thought it was as good as her previous books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Not Albert's Best Work

    In my opinion, this book was too slow-paced and not up to the standard set by Albert's previous books. It is oakay but nothing really interesting. There is little action and far to much unnecessary filler. I just can't get inti a book that spends pages telling you about the bad traffic and then doesn't go anywhere with it. Plus, I was a bit put off that Albert insinuates that Michael Moore is a straight-up journalist who doesn't slant the truth. Seriously? Not a great book with which to start reading this author. She does a much better job on earlier works. Could it be she is running out of viable storylines? I sure hope not! Stephanie Clanahan

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