Witches' Bane (China Bayles Series #2)by Susan Wittig Albert
The second China Bayles mystery. Herb shop owner China is shocked when Halloween hijinks take a gruesome turn in Pecan Springs, ending in a brutal murder. And China is even more shocked when her friend Ruby, a New Age expert in tarot and astrology, becomes the prime suspect after a minister accuses her of witchcraft.
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.
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- Danville, Illinois
- Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
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After years of seeing Susan Witting Albert's books at the beginning of the paperback mysteries sections at bookstores, I have finally read my first one. Book 2 in the China Bayles series has sold me on a whole world of new sleuths and books! The mystery plus the plant stuff and New Age information were very good reading! The Halloween theme added to reading pleasure!
Witches' Bane is my second foray into the spicy world of China Bayles, and in this installation the reader glimpses the dysfunctional Bayles family. Halloween enlivens the atmosphere with whisperings of witches, use of magic, and mysterious deaths. As usual, our heroine must risk life and limb in an effort to find truth and justice. Why do female detectives shun relationships and commitment? China Bayles closely parallels Deborah Knotts in the Margaret Maron mystery series in many aspects. Each author follows their own path in presenting a story. Susan Wittig Albert focuses on herbs, flowers, and women. The supporting men characters present a one sided individual, whereas the women grab center stage. Albert gives a fun read.
My mom really enjoys this series.
In this second book in the series, there appears to be witchy deeds occurring in Pecan Springs. All kinds of strange things happen, such as pets with their throats slit, secret meetings in the night, and finally a murder of the wife of a prominant citizen. China and Ruby set out to determine who and what is behind all the mayhem.