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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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