I have been reading about China Bayles ever since the first novel in the series was published. I enjoy the main characters and their relationships with one another. The series has built over time as characters have become involved in marriages, work together, have children, etc. I am always happy to pick up with the folks in Pecan Springs again. Chna’s voice is folksy and welcoming; when giving back story she speaks directly to the reader.
In A Plain Vanilla Murder, there is, of course, murder and more…no spoilers here though; you will need to read the book. Along the way the reader will learn a great deal about the vanilla trade, orchids and ethical practices.
All of the pieces of the mystery come together in a satisfying way. The side stories, for example about Ruby’s daughter’s partner’s pregnancy were also welcome and reminded me that a theme in this book was motherhood, both pending, past and current.
I already look forward to the next to come in the series. Keep writing Ms. Albert.
So…spend some time in the Hill Country of Texas. You will enjoy your stay.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the author for this advance copy of the book. All opinions are my own.