Love Lies Bleeding (China Bayles Series #6)

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The newest in the nationally bestselling series—a "fast-paced and absorbing" tale (Midwest Book Review). Ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles is investigating the mystery of retired Texas Ranger shot dead with his wife's gun...and at the same time trying to sort out some mysteries about her own relationship after she overhears a suspicious phone conversation...

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Overview

The newest in the nationally bestselling series—a "fast-paced and absorbing" tale (Midwest Book Review). Ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles is investigating the mystery of retired Texas Ranger shot dead with his wife's gun...and at the same time trying to sort out some mysteries about her own relationship after she overhears a suspicious phone conversation...

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
"Fast-paced and absorbing."
Gardener North American
"A Treat."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425166116
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: China Bayles Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 266,644
  • Product dimensions: 4.46 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.92 (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.

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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 January 18, 2013

    Too disappointed to continue with the series.  I've really enjoy

    Too disappointed to continue with the series.  I've really enjoyed Ms. Albert's writing both in her Beatrix Potter series and in this China Bayles' series...right up until this book. China has been one of my favorite characters, and I love the whole herb shop/metaphysical shop combo, but I've lost faith and respect in McQuaid for being a lousy cheat, and in China, for being a total idiot in blaming herself for McQuaid's actions, AND what woman in her right mind would befriend the woman her man cheats with, then sit and joke with her about it? Please. Infidelity is a big trigger with me. I had already bought the next four books, but I'm so let down by both of their actions and the casual way they dealt with it, that I'm donating them all to the library without reading them. I won't miss China or McQuaid. They're not the characters I thought they were.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    My Opinion is that this book was not as good as the others.

    I love the China Bayles series, and I usually love China. She's smart, savy and quick-witted. Her quirky friends are half the fun too. This one just didn't do it for me as much as the others. The actual mystery was pretty good. There were a lot of plot twists and underlying issues like all her previous stories, but I had this one figured out by the end. I won't give anything away, but there's something rotten in the Ranger emporium. What I really didn't like, and what seemed unbelievable due to China's previous shows of independence was the fact that she blamed herself for her lover's infidelity! What's going on with that? I certainly hope that Ms. Albert redeems her heroine in the next outing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    Disappointed Fan

    I always love reading about China's adventures - however, I was very disappointed in this storyline. China's relatively easy acceptance of the triangle she was in was unrealistic; and joking and becoming friends with the 'enemy' was distasteful to me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Great Read Could not put down!

    I started the China Bayles Series from the first book and am reading in order, Love Lies Bleeding grabbed me and I could not put it down! Great read, great series, enjoyed reading!! Looking forward to reading the rest of this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2010

    The mystery part was really good , but it was totally unbelievable the part about China's personal life.

    I can't figure out how anyone who has read the first books would believe the plot about China's personal life. I found it completely unbelievable. I enjoyed the mystery found it very complex with twist and turns but I couldn't enjoy it because of the stupidity of the second plot. Not for intelligent women!

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    A worthy addition to the series.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Love Lies Bleeding. I thought that it was original and unpredictable in its plot. China Bayles is really worried in this book about her live in love, her future with him and about the case that presents itself to her. She is not at all willing to help, but must in order to somehow restore normalcy to her life. This is a complex mystery involving the Texas Rangers about whom I learned a little more than I had previously known. It was ironic that China had made a life changing decision just when her man made one of his own that eventually needed some major thought. The book had a refreshing conclusion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Committing to the Lone Ranger

    China hits the wall head on and has to face how she will feel if she loses her man. The feminist China has wrestled with the romantic China and in this book she has to resolve this split in her feelings. How often has she pushed people away and why? This book holds a lot of tension, maybe because of seemingly slower pace.

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