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Nightshade (China Bayles Series #16)
     

Nightshade (China Bayles Series #16)

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by Susan Wittig Albert
 

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert takes China Bayles on a trip down memory lane, where one fresh murder and several cold cases force her to face her dark past…
 
China’s herb shop and catering business may be thriving, but she’s still reeling from her father’s death—and isn’t remotely

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert takes China Bayles on a trip down memory lane, where one fresh murder and several cold cases force her to face her dark past…
 
China’s herb shop and catering business may be thriving, but she’s still reeling from her father’s death—and isn’t remotely interested in her half-brother Miles’s investigation of it. Although, when fate forces her to get involved, China realizes it’s time to bring the past to light—or else it will haunt her the rest of her life.
                                                                                        
But China and McQuaid discover that Miles may have been keeping as many secrets as he seemed determined to uncover—for starters, knowledge of the whereabouts of their father’s wrecked car, a key piece of evidence. How deep do the layers of secrecy go? And who has a stake in concealing the truth after sixteen years?
 
Piecing together clues, China and McQuaid embark on a wild goose chase, tracking down evidence that might link several cold-case murders to her father’s death. But the closer they get to untangling the story, the more China longs for answers she may never get...


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Former attorney China Bayles, now the proprietor of a small herb shop in Pecan Springs, Tex., finally gets some answers to her questions about the death of her cold, distant father, who perished in a fiery car accident 16 years earlier, in the satisfying conclusion to a trilogy that began with Bleeding Hearts and Spanish Dagger, the preceding two books within Albert's long-running cozy series. When China's half-brother, Miles, hires China's husband, Mike McQuaid, a former homicide officer struggling to establish himself as a PI, to investigate the fatal crash, China isn't sure this is a good idea. Her reservations prove well founded after the secretive Miles turns out to have his own agenda. Fans will be pleased that by supplementing China's usual first-person narration with McQuaid's third-person perspective, Albert casts fresh light on his character and his relationship with China. Snippets of plant lore, mostly to do with the nightshade family, add spice. (Apr.)

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Kirkus Reviews
A fresh fatality forces China Bayles, herbalist, ex-lawyer and amateur sleuth, to confront the mystery of her emotionally distant father's death. China has never enjoyed an easy relationship with her recently revealed illegitimate half brother Miles, who hired China's husband McQuaid to investigate their father's death in a fiery car crash. When Miles himself is killed in a hit-and-run incident, China is named executor of his estate. She discovers that Miles, who has been keeping secrets from McQuaid, already knew a great deal more than he revealed about their father's death and several other suspicious deaths, all related to their father's legal work for a politically connected, none-too-ethical engineering firm that's grown prosperous on lucrative government contracts for half a century. For years Miles's mother Laura had kept his father's wrecked car hidden away in her cousin Ellie's Texas Hill Country barn. Once McQuaid sees the wreck, he quickly realizes that the fatal crash was no accident. When the barn is torched and Ellie is shot, China and McQuaid team up to reveal the killer. The conclusion to the trilogy exploring China's relationship with her father (Spanish Dagger, 2007, etc.) does a fine job of bringing together all the bits and pieces, even for those who have not read the first two installments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101207819
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
China Bayles Series , #16
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
182,873
File size:
388 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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Nightshade (China Bayles Series #16) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MysticTravel More than 1 year ago
Nightshade is an okay read, but it is not Ms. Albert's best. I know it must be a reach sometimes to come up with one more Chian story; however, sometimes I think China can be so stupid. Does Susan Albert think she has to oversimplify for her readers. Of course, I keep reading them, but I only have 2 more loaded in my NOOK. I think I may bid a fond farewell to China and Ruby and the rest.
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sopranoIN More than 1 year ago
You have to love sarcasm or at least "wit" to love Susan Wittig Albert and of course you have to like a mystery. It might be even better if you enjoy reading about herbs and plants. I enjoyed every moment of this but that is because I often enjoy a book because I like the character.
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ninjamom More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Susan Wittig Albert for years now and I love all of her books. I love her writing style which pulls you right into the story. Every time I pick up a China Bayles mystery, I feel like I'm reading about an old friend. The plots are always unique and interesting. I love it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My tastes in books and authors runs more towards Kathy Reichs and Elizabeth George, so this was not a good match for me. Might be great for someone liking an easy, non griping plot, much ramblling about side thoughts, and who also likes gardening.
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