Love Lies Bleeding (China Bayles Series #6)

Love Lies Bleeding (China Bayles Series #6)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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The newest in the nationally bestselling series—a "fast-paced and absorbing" tale (Midwest Book Review). Ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles is investigating the mystery of retired Texas Ranger shot dead with his wife's gun...and at the same time trying to sort out some mysteries about her own relationship after she overhears a suspicious phone conversation...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425166116
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1998
Series: China Bayles Series , #6
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 219,691
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(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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Love Lies Bleeding (China Bayles Series #6) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TribalCat More than 1 year ago
Too disappointed to continue with the series.  I've really enjoyed Ms. Albert's writing both in her Beatrix Potter series and in this China Bayles' series...right up until this book. China has been one of my favorite characters, and I love the whole herb shop/metaphysical shop combo, but I've lost faith and respect in McQuaid for being a lousy cheat, and in China, for being a total idiot in blaming herself for McQuaid's actions, AND what woman in her right mind would befriend the woman her man cheats with, then sit and joke with her about it? Please. Infidelity is a big trigger with me. I had already bought the next four books, but I'm so let down by both of their actions and the casual way they dealt with it, that I'm donating them all to the library without reading them. I won't miss China or McQuaid. They're not the characters I thought they were.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the China Bayles series, and I usually love China. She's smart, savy and quick-witted. Her quirky friends are half the fun too. This one just didn't do it for me as much as the others. The actual mystery was pretty good. There were a lot of plot twists and underlying issues like all her previous stories, but I had this one figured out by the end. I won't give anything away, but there's something rotten in the Ranger emporium. What I really didn't like, and what seemed unbelievable due to China's previous shows of independence was the fact that she blamed herself for her lover's infidelity! What's going on with that? I certainly hope that Ms. Albert redeems her heroine in the next outing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always love reading about China's adventures - however, I was very disappointed in this storyline. China's relatively easy acceptance of the triangle she was in was unrealistic; and joking and becoming friends with the 'enemy' was distasteful to me.
sweetdissident on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book. You would think that with the setting of an herblore shop next door to a new age shop, and the lead character being the owner, that more interesting things would jump to the page in the writer's imagination. I never understand, in any of Wittig-Alberts' China Bales series, why the main character is so dismissive of her "friends" and their interests. The reader gets the feeling that China doesn't really like or respect her friends, and she too frequently refers to them as "weird." She comes off as cynical and bitter, and the plots are too contrived for me to suspend my disbelief. I find myself not caring about what happens to China, or her friends, and can never finish the book. I won't be picking up this author's books again. Very dissappointing for a series of cozy murder mysteries named after magical plants. I expected so much more.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a local retired Texas Ranger is found shot in the stomach by his wife's gun, all signs point to suicide, but some of the facts are elusive and just aren't adding up. China Bayles, owner of Thyme and Seasons, the local herb shop, is a former criminal defense attorney just trying to make a quiet life for herself in a small Texas town, and when an old friend/rival from law school taps her to help do some investigating into the hours leading up to the cop's death, China is reluctant to jump in with both feet. She's finally made up her mind to accept the next marriage proposal from her live-in lover, McQuaid, and doesn't want anything to distract from her domestic life. But, things aren't what she thought they were, even between her and McQuaid, and the lies and deceptions threaten to infiltrate and destroy what she's come to think of as her domestic tranquility. It will take all of her strength and an alliance with the object of McQuaid's betrayal to find the answers before life as she knows it comes to an end.This series is really enjoyable for me. The backstory is gripping and isn't just stage setting. China is one of the best characters in mystery fiction, IMO, because she's clever, talented, brave, and sometimes she makes mistakes. I really enjoyed this episode, and I'm really anxious to read #7 now because this one ended with a cliffhanger. It gets a very strong 5.
ThePublicLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced read. A lot of twists and turns, but definitely worth reading. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend others to try this author.
reeread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This instalment of the China Bayles' mysteries moves somewhat out of the cosy genre and into the cold, hard world of personal tragedy, although I guess further stories will tell what the eventual outcome is. Another dimension is added to the series, with China questioning a lot more about her relationship with McQuaid and kicking herself for her complacency, especially in the face of betrayal, secrecy and life changing injury.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I enjoy China Bayles, and this stood as a time I enjoyed the antics of China and her friends. Males play secondary roles to the friendship among the women in this stories. Of course, one must not discount the mouth-watering recipes and constant mention of foods and herbs. China has decided to accept McQuaid's next proposal of marriage, unfortunately crime jumps into the path and McQuaid has not thrown out another proposal. As China ponders building a tearoom, some desperados invade the quiet town of Pecan Springs, and China and Ruby must investigate a suicide, possible murder. Susan Wittig Albert keeps the mood light and jumping around just like those Hot Lip cookies that Ruby dispenses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started the China Bayles Series from the first book and am reading in order, Love Lies Bleeding grabbed me and I could not put it down! Great read, great series, enjoyed reading!! Looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
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I can't figure out how anyone who has read the first books would believe the plot about China's personal life. I found it completely unbelievable. I enjoyed the mystery found it very complex with twist and turns but I couldn't enjoy it because of the stupidity of the second plot. Not for intelligent women!
QueenMummy More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Love Lies Bleeding. I thought that it was original and unpredictable in its plot. China Bayles is really worried in this book about her live in love, her future with him and about the case that presents itself to her. She is not at all willing to help, but must in order to somehow restore normalcy to her life. This is a complex mystery involving the Texas Rangers about whom I learned a little more than I had previously known. It was ironic that China had made a life changing decision just when her man made one of his own that eventually needed some major thought. The book had a refreshing conclusion!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
China hits the wall head on and has to face how she will feel if she loses her man. The feminist China has wrestled with the romantic China and in this book she has to resolve this split in her feelings. How often has she pushed people away and why? This book holds a lot of tension, maybe because of seemingly slower pace.