China Bayles Book of Days

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440627255
Release Date: 2006-10-03
Genre: Fiction

Readers of the China Bayles mystery novels are familiar with the usefulness and wonder of the many herbs the amateur sleuth sells in her beloved Thyme and Seasons shop. Compiled by national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert at the request of her fans, China Bayles' Book of Days gathers together tidbits and treasures about plants and reveals ways you can put more green into your daily life. Featuring 365 days of recipes, crafts, gardening tips, remedies, and more, this special volume is a personal calendar of the legends and lore of herbs and also features brand-new essays from the author, clues from China's mysteries, and some special contributions by the irrepressible members of the Myra Merryweather Herb Guild, Pecan Springs's oldest civic organization.

Holly Blues

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101186695
Release Date: 2010-04-06
Genre: Fiction

China Bayles isn't happy when a Texas wind blows her husband's ex-wife, and the mother of China's stepson, into her herb shop. Sally is known to have a split personality and fall into constant trouble with the law, but she claims she has nowhere else to turn. Now its up to China to weed out whatever it is Sally's running from before the truth catches up to them all.

Death Come Quickly

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780425255322
Release Date: 2015-04-07
Genre: Fiction

Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is back in New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert's Death Come Quickly. This time a friend's murder may be the key to solving a nearly fifteen-year-old cold case? When China and Ruby's friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend's death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the almost fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen? Delving into the cold case, China learns the motive for the first murder may be related to a valuable collection of Mexican art. Enlisting the help of her San Antonio lawyer friend Justine Wyzinski?aka the Whiz?China is determined to track down the murderer. But is she painting herself into a corner from which there's no escape?

Thyme of Death

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 0425203689
Release Date: 2004-12-01
Genre: Fiction

Eager to open up an herb shop and get closer to the earth, China Bayles leaves behind her career in corporate law and moves to Pecan Springs, Texas, but a close friend's tragic death could end her happy plans. Reissue.

Wormwood

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425226093
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Fiction

While getting some much needed rest and assisting with some herbal workshops, China Bayles stumbles over old secrets in a Kentucky Shaker village after a shocking death occurs during her stay.

Cat s Claw

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101560655
Release Date: 2012-03-06
Genre: Fiction

As the first female police chief in Pecan Springs, Texas, Sheila Dawson has cracked many a mystery in collaboration with local sleuth China Bayles. Now Sheila puts her smarts to work, sifting through secrets to find a killer on the prowl… Larry Kirk, Pecan Springs’ computer guru, has been shot dead in his kitchen. At first Sheila believes it to be suicide, but further investigation reveals that Kirk’s death wasn’t self-inflicted. And the truth is reinforced by her friend China Bayles’ news—Larry recently asked her for legal advice in regards to a stalker. As a police chief in a male-dominated force, Sheila meets many challenges, especially when her theories rock the boat in high-profile cases like that of George Timms, who was caught breaking into Larry’s shop. Now that Larry is dead, Sheila is sure the burglary is connected to the murder. But when Timms disappears instead of turning himself in, Sheila must prove she’s got what it takes to hunt down a predator who’s loose on the streets of Pecan Springs…

Blood Orange

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780425280010
Release Date: 2017-04-04
Genre: Bayles, China (Fictitious character)

China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce. At the same time, as a nurse employed by a local hospice, Kelly has discovered instances of suspicious practices. Even more disturbing, she suspects that a patient was murdered. Kelly's knowledge could be dangerous, and she wants to get guidance from China on what to do. But when Kelly is forced off the road and critically injured, putting her in a medically induced coma, it's up to China to determine who wants her out of the picture.

Bloodroot

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440672768
Release Date: 2003-01-07
Genre: Fiction

Lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles returns to the Deep South, where her family’s legacy of silence is at last broken—and the past finally, unforgettably, speaks the truth… A frantic phone call from her mother brings China back to her family’s Mississippi plantation—a place she’d forsaken long ago. But the late-spring air is thick with fear—and from the moment of her arrival, China knows that something has gone desperately wrong at Jordan’s Crossing. An ancient property deed has surfaced—and the man who uncovered it has mysteriously vanished. And as the fates and fortunes of two very different families collide in frightening, unpredictable ways, China must face disturbing new questions about her family’s past—and her own future…

The Last Chance Olive Ranch

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780425280034
Release Date: 2017
Genre: FICTION

When a killer escapes prison and targets her husband McQuaid, China Bayles reluctantly heads to the Last Chance Olive Ranch and finds herself helping the new owner Maddie.

Lavender Lies

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101127537
Release Date: 2000-10-01
Genre: Fiction

Texas herbalist China Bayles must put her upcoming nuptials on the back burner when a murder investigation entangles her friends and neighbors.

Widow s Tears

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780425254646
Release Date: 2014-04
Genre: Fiction

Herbalist ex-lawyer China Bales investigates the murder of a teller at the Pecan Springs bank and follows the clues to a haunted bed and breakfast.

Mistletoe Man

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440673381
Release Date: 2001-10-01
Genre: Fiction

In this “intelligently plotted and deliciously descriptive tale” (Publishers Weekly), national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert tells the story of a woman’s search for justice—and of her struggle to reconcile the demands of her business with the desires of her heart… Former big-city lawyer China Bayles worked hard to make her Texas herb shop, Thyme and Seasons, a success. Now business is booming at her charming new tea room, Thyme for Tea—but China is too distracted to revel in her latest entrepreneurial triumph. When she’s not trying to spend more time with her new husband and stepson, she’s worrying about her best friend, Ruby, who just hasn’t been herself lately. To further complicate matters, China has to round up a supply of mistletoe, the season’s most popular herb. It seems an easy enough task—until her chief supplier turns up dead…

Rueful Death

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440673829
Release Date: 1997-08-01
Genre: Fiction

Herbalist China Bayles must solve a mother of a murder in this mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert. In search of respite, China takes off to St. Theresa's Monastery with her friend Maggie, a former nun. The goal is a brief, tranquil retreat—but there's a conflict at the convent. The mother superior has recently died, and a battle over the future of St. Theresa's suggests that her sudden demise might not have been accidental. Now, China's quest for a replenished spirit takes second place to a more earthbound pursuit: catching a killer... From the Paperback edition.

Bittersweet

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425255315
Release Date: 2016-04-05
Genre: Fiction

"This Thanksgiving, be grateful for China Bayles who teams up with an old friend to solve a complex case of theft and murder in a South Texas ranching community. It's Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs, and China is planning to visit her mother, Leatha, and her mother's husband, Sam, who are enthusiastically embarking on a new enterprise turning their former game ranch into a vacation retreat for birders. She's also looking forward to catching up with her friend, game warden Mackenzie "Mack" Chambers, who was recently transferred to the area. But Leatha calls with bad news: Sam has had a heart attack. How will Leatha manage if Sam can't carry his share? She does have a helper, Sue Ellen Krause. But China discovers that Sue Ellen, who is in the process of leaving her marriage to the assistant foreman at a large trophy game ranch, is in some serious trouble. Before Sue Ellen can tell China the full story, her car veers off a deserted road and she is killed. Meanwhile, when a local veterinarian is shot in what appears to be a burglary at his clinic, Mack Chambers believes his murder could be related to fawns stolen from a nearby ranch. As Mack follows the trail, China begins to wonder if Sue Ellen's death may not have been an accident, and if there's a connection to the stolen animals. But their search for the truth may put their own lives in danger"--