Lavender Lies (China Bayles Series #8)

Lavender Lies (China Bayles Series #8)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425177006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Series: China Bayles Series , #8
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 385,793
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(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.

Date of Birth:

1940

Place of Birth:

Danville, Illinois

Education:

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Lavender Lies (China Bayles Series #8) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All China is trying to do is plan one simple little wedding with a nice little honeymoon afterwards for her and her long-time beau, Mike McQuaid. And then the sleaziest real estate shark in Pecan Springs turns up dead in his own garage, shot through the face at close range with a small caliber gun. Since McQuaid is acting as the interim police chief while the city council decides who to hire permanently, the case is squarely in his lap and he's bound and determined to give it his full attention at the very time that China would like a little bit of that attention, if you would be so kind. She decides to start digging on her own with the help of her friends Ruby and Sheila and it isn't long before she unearths information that the murdered man was blackmailing nearly the entire city council and the mayor to boot, to try to force a new zoning ordinance for his latest real estate venture. With a list of suspects as long as the train on her wedding dress, they've both got their work cut out for them to try to get this case solved before the church bells ring. And when another body turns up, so does the heat. Unless China wants to go on that honeymoon all by her lonesome, something's got to give.This was a very satisfying read, which for me was all about the backstory. I'm glad to see China finally married to McQuaid. Again, another interesting mystery, skillfully told, with characters I really like coming back to visit. I'll give it a 4.5
reeread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At last, China and McQuaid get married, but not before having to solve a murder or two in the week leading up to the wedding. In fact, McQuaid doesn't want to leave until it's all tied up which is not making him the least bit popular on the home front. So China and Ruby decide to lend a helping hand.The murder is solved a good chapter before the end of the book, the final chapter deals with the wedding which goes nothing like to plan, but is memorable.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The usual from Susan Wittig Albert -- a pleasantly complicated plot, intertwined sub-plots, eccentric characters and top-notch writing.
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Sits andbwaits for somebody to arrive...
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~Oxbow
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good China Bayles mystery. I was a little disillusioned after the previous two in the series, but this is a great one. I really enjoyed the story, and the wedding sideline was a great one. China is her usual rushed self in this story, and she's trying hard to concentrate only on her upcoming nuptials, but gets involved in spite of herself with another murder. This murder is of a citizen of Pecan Springs, who no one will really miss that much (except his wife). He's a sharpy, and he gets cut on his own misdeeds. The story moves along swiftly, and we see China trying to get wedding plans in amongst murders, hurricanes and faled wedding cakes. It's great. Read this for a whomping good ride. (Oh, and the recipes are good too). The books are worth a read for the recipes and for the plant lore that the reader gathers as they read.
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