Bleeding Hearts (China Bayles Series #14)

Bleeding Hearts (China Bayles Series #14)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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When local football coach and hero Tim Duffy is accused of improper behavior, lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles investigates, following a trail of obsession and murder that may lead to her own doorstep.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425214855
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: China Bayles Series , #14
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 440,911
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.83(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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Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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An entertaining detective writer. (Dallas Morning News)

One of the most endearing and personable amateur sleuths. (Midwest Book Review)

[A] unique series. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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Bleeding Hearts (China Bayles Series #14) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Cellabella More than 1 year ago
This is loaded on my Nook under "Summer Reading." Alhtough, I have not read this particular book, I have read most of Susan Wittig Albert's books. She is a very knowledgeable author and extremely entertaining. I am looking forward to a warm summer day, glass of ice tea by my side and this book in my hand.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Pecan Spring¿s resident and entrepreneur China Bayles is asked by her stepson¿s principal to investigate high school football Coach Tim Duffy, she is unable to say no because she hates sexual predators who abuse their power with a passion. An anonymous caller claims Tim left his job in Friendship because Margarita Lopez was talking to the school and the police about his seduction of her daughter Angela using his position, power and authority to seduce her. Angela tore up all evidence of the affair and blamed herself because the coach said she was sending out signals that he couldn¿t resist.------- Ironically, Angela goes to college in Pecan Springs and China learns that the coed met a high school student who was being hit on by Coach Duffy. She doesn¿t want to go to the authorities for fear nobody would believe that the popular worldly coach would seduce a minor. Angela¿s roommate tells China that Angela was going to force him to stop his sexual deprivations but instead she commits suicide in a high priced hotel room. There are too many questions that are left unanswered but China is determined to find them so Angela can obtain justice even in death.------ This is another entertaining, exciting and enjoyable China Bayles mystery in which the heroine discovers that she has a half brother who wants something from her and learns that her buddy Ruby¿s boyfriend is not what he seems. There remain open cases that will probably be dealt with in the next book in this series and fans will be eagerly waiting the next installment in this incredibly refreshing series. The heroine, a former lawyer, is a very likeable character and when she investigates something, readers find her actions very plausible. Susan Wittig Albert has written a creative who done it in which things and people are not as they seem.------ Harriet Klausner
CyndyKryder on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Susan Wittig Albert is a prolific author of the China Bayles Mystery Series. The title of each book in the series is the name of a plant or herb. As a gardener myself, I was intrigued by this concept and knew I just had to pick up the first book in the series. I've enjoyed every aspect of the series ever since, from the plucky protagonist, China, a former attorney who now operates an herb shop and adjoining cafe, to her sidekick, Ruby, owner of an adjacent new-agent shop in quaint Pecan Springs, Texas.In this volume, the newly hired football coach elicits suspicions. As usual, China is called in to investigate his past, and in the process finds some disturbing information. If you enjoy light reading and occasional herbal lore, I think you'll enjoy this series.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After an anonymous tip from a mysterious caller, the principal of Pecan Springs High School asks China to investigate the background of the new football coach. In an area where high school Friday night football is held in the highest esteem and a winning coach is a bigger celebrity than the governor, China has to tread softly as the allegations of sexual misconduct start bearing fruit. And it doesn't help matters any for her personally when a long forgotten man from her distant past reappears with news that shakes the very foundation of her life.I read this book slightly out of order (booksfree skipped sending me one), so a new character almost threw me for a loop, but I'm glad if I had to miss a book in the series, that this one wasn't it. The backstory in any series is just as important if not moreso, IMO, as the quality of the mystery itself, and I really do enjoy these characters. This book throws some changes at China, but I have a hunch it will only serve to make this series richer.
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