Thyme of Death

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Berkley Prime Crime, 1992 - Fiction - 320 pages
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China Bayles has it all - a prestigious Houston law practice, money, power - but it's not enough. She's smart, she's tough, she's confident, and she knows she wants something more out of life than the fast track offers. Something like the Thyme and Seasons herb shop in Pecan Springs, Texas. Realizing that her career is turning her into somebody she doesn't like, China does what many people only dream of doing: She relocates to a small town to begin a new and, she hopes, a gentler, more fulfilling life. But even in Pecan Springs, evil can occur among ordinary people living everyday lives. China soon learns that while she can move from the city, she can't escape the world of moral choice. When China's good friend, Jo Gilbert, apparently commits suicide, China is more than puzzled. Jo had been suffering from a terminal disease, but wasn't the type to take her own life. And, to a lawyer like China, some revealing letters that Jo leaves behind shout blackmail and murder, not suicide. But why would anybody want to kill a woman who will die soon anyway? And what about the scent of perfume in Jo's house? When another mysterious death occurs, China is sure she's dealing with homicide. Helped by her best friend, New-Ager Ruby Wilcox, and with support from lover Mike McQuaid, a former-cop-turned-professor, China follows a trail of greed and fear to discover some unsettling answers. Thyme of Death marks the memorable debut of one of the most original and appealing new female sleuths to come along in years. Readers will identify with China Bayles as she makes the kind of tough decisions that confront us all.

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China Bayles and her friend Ruby Wilcox join forces to figure out how their friend Jo died. They’re certain it wasn’t suicide – as is Jo’s daughter Meredith -- even though Jo was in a tough battle ... Read full review

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I had a hard time getting into this book. I suppose part of it had to do with reading a book that is over 20 years old. It's hard for me to immerse myself on the story when the characters are doing ... Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1992)

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 now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, the Darling Dahlias mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, she writes a Victorian mystery series along with her husband under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

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