And residents find rare ingredients they wouldn’t otherwise find in the supermarket. Now ex-lawyer and current herbalist china Bayles must stop a killer whose evil is burning through Texas… China is relishing the scents, produce, and even the showers of spring. The evidence leaves no doubt that it’s arson homicide—but who would commit such a ghastly crime?An intern-reporter at the local paper, Jessica Nelson, is assigned to cover the story.
Mourning Gloria China Bayles Book 19 #ad - She’s also busy hosting Pecan Springs’ Farmers’ Market. Susan wittig albert, “who consistently turns out some of the best-plotted mysteries on the market, ”* delivers the charm and suspense in her latest herbal treat, Mourning Gloria. China happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help.
Drawn into the case by its similarity to her own tragic loss—Jessica’s family died in a fire—she soon finds herself deeply involved and in danger.
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Cat's Claw China Bayles Book 20Berkley #ad - Now that larry is dead, Sheila is sure the burglary is connected to the murder. At first sheila believes it to be suicide, but further investigation reveals that Kirk’s death wasn’t self-inflicted. 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….
And the truth is reinforced by her friend China Bayles’ news—Larry recently asked her for legal advice in regards to a stalker. 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.
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Widow's Tears China Bayles Book 21Berkley #ad - A half hour before she is to make her nightly deposit, the Pecan Springs bank is robbed and a teller is shot and killed. Before she can discover the identity of the killers, China follows Ruby to the Blackwood house to discuss urgent business. But she is concerned that it’s haunted, so she calls in her friend Ruby—who has the gift of extrasensory perception—to check it out.
While ruby is ghost hunting, China Bayles walks into a storm of trouble in nearby Pecan Springs. Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is “in a class with lady sleuths V. In widow’s tears, rachel blackwood rebuilt her house a hundred miles inland and later died there, a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of China’s friends… After losing her family and home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, still wrapped in her grief.
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Evil can worm its way into the purest of hearts. China bayles needs rest, and a historic Shaker village in Kentucky seems the ideal place for it.
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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. But is she painting herself into a corner from which there’s no escape? 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.
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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.
Nightshade China Bayles Book 16 #ad - . 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.
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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. She’s also looking forward to catching up with her friend, game warden Mackenzie “Mack” Chambers, who was recently transferred to the area.
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But their search for the truth may put their own lives in danger….
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But china doesn’t let it distract her from the opening of the new community theater donated by the elderly Obermann sisters. Now, a dead man’s bones are uncovered—and texas ex-lawyer and herbalist china Bayles must dig into a pair of murders separated by time but connected by motive… When China’s teenage son finds some skeletal remains during a local cave dig—remains that show a not-so-accidental death—it’s a disturbing development.
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