Queen Anne's Lace (China Bayles Series #26)

Queen Anne's Lace (China Bayles Series #26)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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A present-day ghost leads China Bayles to a secret from Pecan Springs’s past in this haunting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.

While helping Ruby Wilcox clean up the loft above their shops, China comes upon a box of antique handcrafted lace and old photographs. Following the discovery, she hears a woman humming an old Scottish ballad and smells the delicate scent of lavender.…

Soon, strange happenings start to occur in Thyme and Seasons. When a customer sees a mysterious woman picking flowers nearby and then suddenly disappearing, China must finally admit what Ruby has always known—their building is haunted. But by whom?

As China investigates, the tragic story of a woman in one of the old photographs unfolds. China delves into the century-old mystery and realizes that solving it could have unimaginable repercussions in the here and now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432849061
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 04/04/2018
Series: China Bayles Series , #26
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert is the New York Times bestselling author of the China Bayles mysteries, the Darling Dahlias mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter.

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Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Queen Anne's Lace 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Albert succeeds where many authors have difficulty: switching back and forth from China's primary narrative in first person tense to Annie's story, and how it relates to the haunting of China's shop, in the third person tense. AND, maintaining a logical continuity of both narratives, eventually coming to an extremely satisfying conclusion. A really wonderful story with its spooky occurrences and an extremely skeptical China being challenged to step out of her pragmatic comfort zone by solving the mystery of the pictures and artifacts that feed the ghostly happenings.
PPriest More than 1 year ago
Each time I read the latest China Bayles book, I think to myself, 'Susan Wittig Albert' has outdone herself, once again. And I also think, 'there is no way the next one can be better.' And they always are, and I always learn quite a bit from Ms. Albert. I usually try to make a book last long, but the books in this series have to be devoured. Schedule cleared, I am with China (or Rudy) or whoever for a couple of nights, and nothing else. I love the historical story running alongside the present story, and the ghost from the historical story trying to get China's attention. I love that the historical setting is in China's store and the bookstore next door. China is so down-to-earth, and so are the historical characters. This book is another winner. I hope this series never ends, and I don't think it will, because Ms. Albert keeps it fresh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, very interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. In the novel, the author alternates between China's story in present time and Annie's story in 1888. The plot was engaging and the storyline moved along at a good pace, with a surprise or two along the way. All in all, another literary success for the author.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
I will never argue the fact that Susan Wittig Albert is a wonderful author. Her writing is easy to read. It has a flowing quality that keeps you reading long after you have planned to stop. Just one more page. One more chapter. You know the kind. And her knowledge of the plants she uses in each of her China Bayles mysteries, well, it’s clear she does her research, and that it’s a topic she enjoys. With all of that said, this wasn’t my favorite book of hers. In QUEEN ANNE’S LACE, China is trying to solve a mystery from the past. Not hers, but that of a woman named Anne. Anne’s story takes place in the late 1800’s. Every other chapter in this book is set in the past, and then the present. I didn’t really enjoy the back and forth of this. While Anne’s story is interesting, I would have preferred much less of it. It turned half of the book into a historical story, and while I have a few historicals that I read, they aren’t my favorite. As always with this author, the writing itself is well done. And, the factoids on the Queen’s Anne lace are fascinating. Diehard fans of Susan Wittig Albert, as well as fans of historical fiction, will enjoy QUEEN ANNE’S LACE.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful installment in the fantastic China Bayles series. This is one of the first series I read when I discovered cozies. Herbs and herbals are all me for sure. China is a fabulous protagonist. All the characters are well-developed and I really enjoy spending time with them. The latest in this top notch series has something I normally do not like in my cozy. A ghost. Somehow author Susan Wittig Albert is able to make even that enjoyable for me. This book has two mysteries going on at the same time. One present day and one in the early 19th century. I love that every time I read one of her books, author Wittig Albert brings new knowledge to the forefront and makes me want to investigate it even more. Truly a thinkers writer, this is another stellar book by author Susan Wittig Albert. I was given a copy by the publisher. This in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the plot was fairly interesting, it was not done in the usual style of the author and it did nit hold my interest. The story of Annie Laurie would have been much better as stand-alone novel. I would much have preferred a crime novel for China Bayles. I sure hope this author returns to her previous style in the next novel. I want the story to be about China and her friends and family in the modern Pecan Springs. Stephanie Clanahan
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Queen Anne's Lace by Susan Wittig Albert is another terrific addition to the China Bayles series. This book really appealed to me. My favorite part was when the story went back to the 1800's. The lace making details were interesting and I enjoyed the story behind it. This book can be read as a stand alone as the author does give plenty of information about the characters. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley. 1 like