Rosemary Remembered (China Bayles Series #4)

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China's herb shop in Pecan Springs wasn't a big business, but it kept her busy. So she brought her taxes to Rosemary Robbins, an accountant who reminded China a bit of her former self - preoccupied, distracted, maybe a bit overstressed. Still, Rosemary always seemed pleasant, and China wished she could get to know her better. Now, though, the chance is gone. Driving out to Rosemary's house on an errand, China discovers her accountant has been murdered. With one abusive ex-husband and plenty of former clients in ...
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Overview

China's herb shop in Pecan Springs wasn't a big business, but it kept her busy. So she brought her taxes to Rosemary Robbins, an accountant who reminded China a bit of her former self - preoccupied, distracted, maybe a bit overstressed. Still, Rosemary always seemed pleasant, and China wished she could get to know her better. Now, though, the chance is gone. Driving out to Rosemary's house on an errand, China discovers her accountant has been murdered. With one abusive ex-husband and plenty of former clients in the picture, there's no shortage of suspects. And with a vengeful ex-convict on the loose, there's plenty for China to worry about. As the evidence unfolds, China begins to feel that something doesn't add up. And now she's more determined than ever to make the killer pay.

China confronts her most intriguing case yet when she finds Rosemary Robbins, a woman with an unsettling resemblance to her, murdered in a pick-up truck. The local police discover that Rosemary's fiance is on the lam in Mexico City and focus on him as the main suspect. Meanwhile, China takes the advice of a psychic and finds the killer close to home.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's unsettling to find your doppelgnger murdered. So learns China Bayles in her fourth novel (following Hangman's Root). The Pecan Springs, Tex., herb store owner (and former attorney) goes to retrieve lover Mike McQuaid's truck from CPA Rosemary Robbins, who has borrowed it, only to find, first, that Rosemary looks a lot like her, and, two, that Rosemary won't be filling out any more 1040s. Discussing the murder with various denizens of the small town, she learns that Rosemary was about to divorce her abusive husband and was forming a relationship with hotel co-owner Jeff Clark. Ex-cop McQuaid, meanwhile, is convinced the killer is a paroled convict who, having vowed revenge on McQuaid, mistakenly whacked Rosemary, thinking she was China. But when Jeff, who is off on a fishing vacation, becomes the local police's prime suspect, McQuaid goes to the coast to find him. Dodging threats from the ex-con and relying on the help of her friends, China solves Rosemary's murder and, in the process, forges a connection with McQuaid's Star Trek-enthralled 11-year-old son. Herb lore and China's game approach to everyday problems, as well as extraordinary ones, make this Rosemary memorable, indeed. (Nov.)
Library Journal
China Bayles, featured in three other herb-titled mysteries, discovers a dead woman-who resembles herself-in a pick-up truck. China interrupts her herb-shop business to investigate the woman's past and uncovers a small host of likely suspects. The best of small-town Texas.
Emily Melton
China Bayles has plenty going on in her life. She's just moved in with her lover, Mike McQuaid, and his son, Brian; her herb shop is going great guns; and she's busily planning the annual herb growers' convention. But then Rosemary Robbins, a local accountant, is found shot to death, and China is the one who discovers the body. McQuaid insists that Rosemary was killed because she resembled China and that the killer was vicious ex-con Jake Jacoby, who wanted to get back at McQuaid for sending him to prison years earlier. But Rosemary had an abusive ex-husband with a hot temper, and the local cops figure "he" was the killer. Then local hotel owner Jeff Clark, who was secretly engaged to Rosemary, takes off for Mexico, and it begins to look as if "he's" the murderer. McQuaid goes after Jeff, but as soon as McQuaid leaves town, the case heats up. China's got her hands full baby-sitting Brian, but with the help of her Ouija board and some hard-hitting detective work, she nails the killer. Readers will enjoy Albert's wonderfully original characters and her amusing descriptions of life in a small Texas town as much as the intriguing plot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425154052
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: China Bayles Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 210,844
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.85 (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.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Great easy read!

    I really did enjoy this easy read! It was fast paced and entertaining! This is a new author for me and I will be buying another one of her books!

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    Quick & fun

    Here's another of China Bayles I couldn't put down. I love her sarcasm, her self-confidence, and that "other China" whispering practicalities in her ear.

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

    An excellent series

    This whole series is a good one. It might be best to start with the first one and continue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    A Somewhat Gentler China!

    This is the fourth book in the China Bayles series. I strongly recommend that you begin at the beginning and read them in order. It's not necessary in order to enjoy this book, but it helps. Then you will see how much gentler China is becoming. She is certainly not as 'hard-bitten' a heroine like VI Warshawski or Kinsey Mallone, but I like her because she is the way she is. This is a good series and, as always, there is lots of good plant information in this book. Unfortunately, I figured out 'who-donuit' about 1/2 way through the book, but it didn't spoil the story. I hope that in subsequent books in the series, which I will be reading, Ms. Albert does not leave such glaring clues. I like being held in suspense until the end. In this book China loses another acquaintance to murder. This time it is her accountant. She finds as she tries to solve this mystery that there are no shortage of suspects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Got to Love a 12-year-old

    This book centers on China and Brian and how their relationship develops. Yes, yes.... this is a mystery! China Bayles' mysteries all have a great mystery to solve and unique, quirky, clever characters. However, these mysteries also develop as a series. And this one focuses upon Brian, China's boyfriend's son, and the relationship they are forging as a family.

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