Indigo Dying (China Bayles Series #11)

Indigo Dying (China Bayles Series #11)

by Susan Wittig Albert
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Indigo Dying (China Bayles Series #11) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO MUCH FUN. GREAT MYSTERY THAT ALWAYS HAS A TWIST.
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Micro More than 1 year ago
This is part of a good mystery series. It might be best to start with the first one and continue
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Guest More than 1 year ago
China Bayles and her partner Ruby are off to Indigo, TX, to have a booth at the Indigo Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. While there, China and friend Allison Selby will be doing a natural dye workshop called Colors to Dye for at Indigo Valley Farm, where Allison lives. China is the proprietor of Thyme and Seasons Herbs in Pecan Springs. She used to be a Houston criminal attorney. She is married to Mike McQuaid, former Houston dectective. He now teaches classes at CTSU. His thirteen year old son Brian lives with them and China thinks of him as her son. Ruby Wilcox is her best friend and business partner. Ruby owns the Crystal Cave, the only New Age shop in Pecan Springs. Together they own Thyme for Tea, a tearoom in the same building as Thyme and Seasons and Crystal Cave. While in Indigo, China and Allie attend the Historical Indigo Restoration Committee (HIRC) meeting. Casey Ford, Allie¿s uncle, comes to the meeting and announces that he will be selling off the mining rights to all the land he owns (most of the town) and everyone must vacate by the end of the year. Everyone protests, but he explains that there was a clause on each of their leases that gives him the right to evict if the structure¿s scheduled to be demolished. When the strip mine comes in, that¿s exactly what will happen. The next night after the play Indigo¿s Blues written by Derek Cooper, Allie¿s boyfriend, everyone hears a gunshot. When they get out to the street, they find Casey Ford dead. Everyone believes he walked into his own booby-trap at the former Bluebonnet Coffee Shop. Not too long ago Casey had closed down, boarded up and booby-trapped the coffee shop. McQuaid assists Sheriff Charlie McFarland with the investigation. There are many problems with the investigation. The biggest being that the crime scene is burned to the ground early the next morning. Plus, almost everyone in town had a reason for wanting Casey dead. And they seem to be covering for each other. They might even be setting someone up to take the fall. China and Ruby assist in the investigation but not officially. Ruby follows her intuition which often gets them into trouble. The characters in this book are very well written. You can feel the frustration and pain of the small town folks in Indigo. They¿ve been working so hard to revitalize this town and now Casey plans to take that all away. There are quite a few side stories involved as well. It has a well-crafted plot with plenty of twists and turns. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is quite different than most of the others in the series. Even the theme is different because the book is written around the whole concept of natural dyeing. Plants are still a part of the story, but in a different way. In this book China and Ruby set out to save a small Texas town from dying. The local landowner wants to sell the mining rites to the land, and it didn't seem to matter to him that the land had people's houses and businesses on it. Needless to say, he was not a popular citizen and when he turns up dead, no one in the small town of Indigo seems to mind a bit, but then other things start heating up and another body is found that seems totally unrelated to the first murder, and China and Ruby, along with China's McQuaid are on the tail of a murderer.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Pecan Springs is the home of China Bayles, proprietor of the Thyme and Seasons Herb Shop and the co-owner of Thyme For Tea. She also rents out the small cabin behind her store to Ellen Holt, a beautiful reporter from Ohio doing a story on small town Texas. China and her best friend Ruby travel to nearby Indigo for the weekend to give a workshop and participate in the art and crafts festival. They will be staying at the cabin of China¿s college friend Allison Selby, who along with the other thirty-six residents of Indigo are trying to revitalize the town. Allison¿s Uncle Casey Ford owns most of Indigo and intends to sell the mineral rights to Alcoa, who want to strip mine a seam that goes through the town¿s center. When Casey is murdered it is presumed that one of the townsfolk did it to preserve the town but Ruby and China, acting on a hunch, decide to investigate. Their search leads them right back to Pecan Springs and China¿s Midwest tenant. In the latest China Bayles mystery, the author, for the most part, has taken her heroine out of her adopted hometown and placed her in various localities as a way of keeping the character fresh and the story line original. It works. Readers will find INDIGO DYING a very complex yet satisfying novel with a support cast second to none. Readers will enjoy observing China happy in her professional and personal lives and will eagerly await her next misadventure. Harriet Klausner