Rueful Death (China Bayles Series #5)

Rueful Death (China Bayles Series #5)

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by Susan Wittig Albert
     
 

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Ths new mystery, featuring herbalist China Bayles, follows the heroine to a relaxing retreat at a convent in Texas--which becomes must less relaxing as time goes on. China and her friend, a former nun, discover that the Mother Superior has recently died, seemingly accidentally. But china soon makes a rueful realization--there's conflict in the convent and it's turning

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Ths new mystery, featuring herbalist China Bayles, follows the heroine to a relaxing retreat at a convent in Texas--which becomes must less relaxing as time goes on. China and her friend, a former nun, discover that the Mother Superior has recently died, seemingly accidentally. But china soon makes a rueful realization--there's conflict in the convent and it's turning deadly.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Early in this intelligent addition to herbalist China Bayles's adventures (Thyme of Death; Rosemary Remembered), one character laments that she has given up reading about women detectives because they are all "Raymond Chandler in drag.... Lotta guts, no soul." Wittig takes up the challenge, showing how to do it right with quiet humor and only an occasional overload of introspection. Exhausted by the Christmas season and her new roommates, love interest Mike McQuaid and his 12-year-old son, China takes off for a retreat at St. Theresa's Monastery in Texas's remote and wild Yucca River country with friend Maggie Garrett, a former nun. In spite of its tranquil appearance, the religious order is in a state of turmoil. Having received a legacy worth millions, St. Theresa's has merged with another order which wants to use the money to open a high-powered retreat center. The two sides are hopelessly deadlocked when the Reverend Mother, the tie-breaking vote, dies mysteriously. China agrees to look into the death. Her investigation quickly takes on urgency when threatening events ensue: someone shoots at her, some small fires are set and she finds the deadly herb rue growing in the garden. Even when the stakes seem too high or unlikely for ordinary life, Wittig manages to make them mostly believable, mainly because China's character is credible (when she makes a mistake, she gets embarrassed). Albert gives readers a page-turner and soul to spare. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Delightful series sleuth China Bayles, owner of a small-town herb shop, is vexed by troubles at a Texas convent where the mother superior has just died. More quality diversion from the author of Thyme of Death (LJ 10/1/92).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425159415
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
China Bayles Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
383,647
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 4.06(h) x 0.83(d)
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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Rueful Death (China Bayles Series #5) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to find this series, and I've enjoyed all the books so far. I enjoyed this one too, but it was not her best. I really missed Ruby. We only see her at the beginning, and there were no real harmless eccentrics in this one, and I think that is what Ms. Albert does so well. Also, the mysteries were a little simple compared to her other plots. I will continue to read the series because I love China Bayles so much. I'm also curious to see what she does with her life after she has reflected in the nunnery.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
China in emotional and spiritual tumult and physically exhausted heads to a convent for a retreat. Although a series of mishaps does not make for a restful get-away, the action leads China to find the connection between her heart and soul. The convent setting is very interesting too.