Mourning Gloria (China Bayles Series #19)

Mourning Gloria (China Bayles Series #19)

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by Susan Wittig Albert
     
 

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Susan Wittig Albert, “who consistently turns out some of the best-plotted mysteries on the market,”* delivers the charm and suspense in her latest herbal treat, Mourning Gloria. Now ex-lawyer and current herbalist China Bayles must stop a killer whose evil is burning through Texas…

 

China is relishing the

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Susan Wittig Albert, “who consistently turns out some of the best-plotted mysteries on the market,”* delivers the charm and suspense in her latest herbal treat, Mourning Gloria. Now ex-lawyer and current herbalist China Bayles must stop a killer whose evil is burning through Texas…

 

China is relishing the scents, produce, and even the showers of spring. She’s also busy hosting Pecan Springs’ Farmers’ Market. It brings additional customers to her herb shop Thyme and Seasons. And residents find rare ingredients they wouldn’t otherwise find in the supermarket. Everybody wins…

But as the town bustles back to life in the warmth of the season, one woman’s life is tragically brought to an end. China happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it’s arson homicide—but who would commit such a ghastly crime?

An intern-reporter at the local paper, Jessica Nelson, is assigned to cover the story. Drawn into the case by its similarity to her own tragic loss—Jessica’s family died in a fire—she soon finds herself deeply involved and in danger. And when Jessica disappears, China becomes determined to help find her, before she becomes headlines herself…

*Houston Chronicle

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Editorial Reviews

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
Carolyn Hart

“[China Bayles is] such a joy…an instant friend.”
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101476277
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
China Bayles Series , #19
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
109,048
File size:
316 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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 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.

Brief Biography

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

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Mourning Gloria 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: "While Pecan Springs bustles back to life in the warmth of spring, one woman's life is tragically brought to an end. 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." I'm a fan of the China Bayles mysteries and always enjoy visiting China's herb shop, Thyme & Seasons, in the fictional town of Pecan Springs with its cast of eclectic residents. In this book, I like how Albert develops China as a parent as her stepson Brian gets older and she adjusts to the new challenges of raising her 11-year-old niece, Caitlin, as well as the development of other characters such as that of China's friend Donna as she deals with the return of her irresponsible sister who causes trouble when she returns to the family farm. Another story line introduced is that of the engagement of police chief Sheila Dawson to Sheriff Blackie Blackwell, and their realization that one of them will need to step down from his or her position in order for a marriage to work which will make for an interesting topic in future books. Overall I did like this book and appreciated that it did hold my interest from beginning to end and left me anticipating the next one in the series.
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As always China gets involved in murder in unusual ways. There are alot of twists and weaves to the story. I believe you will enjoy Mourning Gloria. I did!
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MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Spring is in the air (or at least the calendar says so) and it's the perfect time to pickup the latest installment in the China Bayles Mystery series, MOURNING GLORIA. Herbalist China Bayles has her hands full between operating her herb shop, participating in the weekly Farmers' Market, planning a psychoactive plant seminar for the local garden club, and of course, caring for her ever-growing family. This doesn't even include the slew of usual activities going on in Pecan Springs. The last thing China needs is to get involved in something else. On her way home one evening, China passes a burning house trailer. Remembering the trailer is vacant, China stops anyway and calls 911. She then hears a woman cry for help. As China tries to get inside the burning trailer there's an explosion. When the fire is finally out, firemen find a body that has been shot and bound before being burned. Learning the fire was an arson/homicide China can't get the cries for help out of her head. Meanwhile, Jessica Nelson, a new intern reporter for the local newspaper begins covering the case. The story becomes personal to Jessica who lost her entire family to a fire and now she's determined to find out why this killer did what he did. When Jessica disappears after leaving a frantic message on China's answering machine, China is compelled to find her. She fears Jessica has gotten too close to the killer for her own good. Author Susan Wittig Albert weaves an assortment of plausible suspects into the story keeping the reader on their toes for clues as China closes in on the killer. In addition, China's personal life is integrated in such a way readers can feel they're in her shoes (so to speak). MOURNING GLORIA is the 19th installment in the China Bayles Mystery series, but is a stand alone book. The author gives just enough background details so a new reader doesn't feel lost and a returning fan doesn't think, 'I know all this already, get on with the story.' The returning fans renew old friendships with lovable characters and places, while new readers get to know them. Most of the chapters begin with a bit of information about various herbs and plants. In addition, readers are treated to a number of delicious recipes and herbal mixtures in the back of the book. As China searches for Jessica, the killer's reasons for his actions becomes clearer and more deadly. This is a suspenseful, fast pace mystery that will be hard to put down until you know why Jessica is MOURNING GLORIA.
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