Witches' Bane (China Bayles Series #2)

Witches' Bane (China Bayles Series #2)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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Witches' Bane (China Bayles Series #2) by Susan Wittig Albert

Herb shop owner China Bayles is shocked when Halloween hijinks take a gruesome turn...

In a small Texas town, what starts as a little festive Halloween fun ends in a brutal murder. And lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles 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. Now it’s up to China to unmask the real killer...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425144060
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1994
Series: China Bayles Series , #2
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 227,040
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Place of Birth:

Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Witches' Bane 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Darrol on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Not enough herbal lore. Not particularly interesting as a mystery.Maybe this is a little harsh. There was an interesting Wiccan witch's party. There were some interesting, but not unique, observations about career change. And the relationship between the main character and her reforming alcoholic mom made some important points.
MerryMary on LibraryThing 3 days ago
China Bayles and her friends get caught up in a cult scare, and one of her group is murdered. China tracks down the twisted motives and finds herself face to face with the least likely murderer. As always a tightly woven plot with great characters, a bit of herb lore, a bit of wiccan lore, and a painful but interesting scene dealing with China's alcoholic mother and the scars that left behind. Love it.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
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!
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
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.
AnaLeigh63 More than 1 year ago
My mom really enjoys this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.