Mourning Gloria (China Bayles Series #19)

Mourning Gloria (China Bayles Series #19)

3.7 23
by Susan Wittig Albert
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Another herbal treat from national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.

While Pecan Springs, Texas bustles back to life in the warmth of spring, one woman's life is tragically brought to an end. Herbalist (and former lawyer)China Bayles happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that

See more details below

Overview

Another herbal treat from national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.

While Pecan Springs, Texas bustles back to life in the warmth of spring, one woman's life is tragically brought to an end. Herbalist (and former lawyer)China Bayles happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it's arson homicide.

Jessica Nelson, an intern-reporter at the local paper, is assigned to cover the story. But she's gotten herself too deeply involved. When Jessica disappears, China is determined to find her, before she becomes headlines herself.

Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Hart

“[China Bayles is] such a joy…an instant friend.”
Publishers Weekly
In Albert's formulaic if still enjoyable 19th China Bayles mystery (after 2010's Holly Blues), the Pecan Springs, Tex., herbalist discovers a trailer on fire on a country road, but she's unable to rescue the unknown woman trapped inside before it explodes. Jessica Nelson, an ambitious intern at the local newspaper, the Pecan Springs Enterprise, has both professional and personal reasons for aggressively chasing an obvious arson homicide story. When Jessica disappears, a puzzled China retraces Jessica's steps, but is wise enough to keep police chief Sheila Dawson and Sheriff Blackie Blackwell in the loop. China's 11-year-old niece, Caitlin, and flamboyant friend Ruby Wilcox lend a hand. A serviceable plot keeps readers guessing about both victim and killer, while Albert provides a strong helping of botanical lore—this time on psychoactive plants and their use—and a handful of intriguing recipes. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"[China Bayles is] such a joy…an instant friend." - Carolyn Hart
Library Journal
Herbalist China Bayles (Holly Blues) pursues when a young reporter gets swallowed up in a crime.
Kirkus Reviews

A disturbing experience involves Texas ex-lawyer, herbalist, business owner and amateur sleuth China Bayles in yet another murder case.

On her way home from a friend's party, China Bayles notices a trailer on fire. She calls 911, then races to check for occupants. But the door is locked, and although she hears cries for help, the trailer explodes before she can do anything. The trailer fire was no accident, and the unidentified female victim had been bound and shot before the fire. Jessica Nelson, a graduate student at the local college who's doing a summer internship at thePecan Springs Enterprise, is eager to pursue a hot story. In addition, her memory of the fire that killed her parents and her twin sister makes this assignment especially urgent for her. When Jessica can't be found after leaving an interrupted message on China's answering machine, China takes her disappearance seriously, but her friends in the police force are not so concerned. With her private detective husband away on a case, China takes time away from her store to follow in Jessica's footsteps as she looks for clues to her whereabouts. It soon becomes apparent that the dead woman may have had a drug connection.Dissatisfied, China digs up even more dirt in hopes of finding the answer.

China (Holly Blues, 2010, etc.) continues to provide good value, with solid mysteries, fascinating herbal lore and appended recipes.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425247013
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Series:
China Bayles Series, #19
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
288,253
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >