In this16th entry in the best-selling China Bayles series, our teashop owning heroine discovers a dead body while gathering herbs by the railroad tracks. On top of that, her brother unearths new evidence suggesting their father's death was no accident, and China is soon dragged into both mysteries.Luckily for her, "when China starts snooping, she finds several closets full of the kind of secrets that produce corpses." (Booklist).More
"Albert's fans will savor recipes such as Texas tarragon vinegar and lemon-mint tea concentrate, plus botanical trivia." (Publishers Weekly)
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Not her best
Julia Gibson was great at setting the mood and bringing the characters to life. I fear I may not listen to another Susan Wittig Albert book, as I found this not as engaging as the others. I've listened to 3 or 4 in the past and found them light, but charming in their way. I became fond of the recurring characters and welcomed the new ones. But, perhaps for me that charm wears thin after a few books. Or something was missing in this one and I can't put my finger on what it was. The best parts were the drama of housesitting a Rottweiler and descriptions of yucca plants, which I don't consider a recommendation.
Other books in the series that I enjoyed more: Dead Man's Bones, Mourning Gloria, Cat's Claw, Wormwood