Susan Wittig Albert has been penning China Bayles mysteries since 1994 when Thyme of Death was published. I have been a fan since the beginning. I like the characters and the ways in which relationships among them evolve and change. Reading each new title is like going for a visit with old friends.
A few of the characters:
China is a former lawyer who has moved to Pecan Springs, Texas where she runs businesses related to her love of herbs.
Ruby is China’s close friend. She may appear a bit flaky and New Age at times but she is solid. Readers learn some important back story about her over the course of the books.
McQuaid is the one with whom China spars and has a relationship.
There are many others and I enjoy them all.
This newest book has to do with a stolen book and the chaos that follows its fate. The story includes a good enough mystery and lots of herbal lore.
I enjoyed this title. If you have time though, start at the beginning and work your way up to this one.