Hangman's Root (China Bayles Series #3)

Hangman's Root (China Bayles Series #3)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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Ex-lawyer turned herbalist China Bayles must solve a hair-raising murder in this mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.

When a prominent animal researcher is found hanged in the midst of angry protests against his experiments, suspicion falls on biology professor Dottie Riddle. Known as the Cat Lady of Pecan Springs, Dottie's sympathy for strays—and the victim's distaste for them—gives the police reason to think she may be capable of murder. But China doesn't think so. She hires a lawyer for Dottie and starts looking around for clues. But she soon discovers that digging up old evil is a dirty and dangerous business...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425148983
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1995
Series: China Bayles Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 324,727
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.76(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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Hangman's Root (China Bayles Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm really enjoying this "cozy" mystery series. I seriously envy the lifestyle of the main character, China Bayles, and love all the bits of herb lore sprinkled throughout the book. This time, I didn't solve the mystery in advance, which was a good thing. I really recommend this series.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A prominent and greatly disliked professor and animal researcher at thelocal university is found hanging from a pipe in his office while a mob ofPETA protestors yell in the student quad below. What appeared to be suicideat first glance begins to look more and more like murder, and evidence seemsto be pointing at China's eccentric friend, known to most as the Cat Lady, abiology professor in the same department who has a genuine love and concernfor animals of all kinds and a hobby of rescuing strays. But China knowsDottie Riddle well enough to know that she could never be capable of murder,and she enlists the help of her best friend, Ruby Wilcox, and an oldcolleague from her days as a high-power defense attorney in Austin, to getto the bottom of it.Unlike other books from this series that I've read, herbs take a back seatin this story, which I found almost odd, considering that's the crux of theseries, I thought. Anyway, the writing was good and the story unfoldedwell. I suspected the correct culprit about halfway through the book, longbefore China had a clue.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
China and her "New Age" buddy Ruby find themselves deep into a convoluted story involving a sadistic biology professor, a hideous dungeon full of mistreated guinea pigs, and Ruby's given-up-at-birth daughter. On the side, China is trying hard to conquer her inbred fear of committment, and hunt for a house she can share with McQuaid.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this series, and this, the third book in the series is just as good as the others. In this book China takes on a challenging case to try to absolve her friend of a murder that was staged to look like she had done it. China relies on her lawyer friend and her very eccentric friend Ruby to help her friend - the town eccentric called the 'cat lady'. We also see China take the big step of a commitment with her boyfriend. There's enough murder and mayhem as well as gardening information to satisfy anyone who is of that bent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book more fully develops China as a character. Her involvement with these people in Pecan Springs and her close friendship with Ruby make China seem a more warm and lovable character. As usual the mystery is great, and Pecan Springs, Ruby, and China are more fully revealed.