Widow's Tears

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Penguin, 2013 - Fiction - 292 pages
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Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is in a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum. * In Widow s Tears, a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of China s friends

After losing her husband, five children, housekeeper, and beautiful home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Rachel Blackwood rebuilt her home, and later died there, having been driven mad with grief.

In present-day Texas, Claire, the grand niece of Rachel s caretaker, has inherited the house and wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast. But she is concerned that it s haunted, so she calls in her friend Ruby who has the gift of extrasensory perception to check it out.

While Ruby is ghost-hunting, China Bayles walks into a storm of trouble in nearby Pecan Springs. A half hour before she is to make her nightly deposit, the Pecan Springs bank is robbed and a teller is shot and killed.


Before she can discover the identity of the killers, China follows Ruby to the Blackwood house to discuss urgent business. As she is drawn into the mystery of the haunted house, China opens the door on some very real danger

*Publishers Weekly

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User Review  - JalenV - LibraryThing

I have a sneaking suspicion that Ms. Albert wanted to write a novel about the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, but needed to write another China Bayles mystery, so she combined the two. I really enjoyed ... Read full review

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User Review  - pennykaplan - LibraryThing

Ruby is the star here, and her paranormal skills help solve the mystery of a haunted house and a bank robbery. Lovely, somewhat eccentric characters Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
23
Section 4
49
Section 5
57
Section 6
75
Section 7
85
Section 8
95
Section 14
187
Section 15
205
Section 16
213
Section 17
225
Section 18
231
Section 19
249
Section 20
259
Section 21
271

Section 9
105
Section 10
123
Section 11
143
Section 12
151
Section 13
171
Section 22
281
Section 23
283
Section 24
291
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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 is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow's Tears, Cat's Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

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