Two - that tired mystery plot has been used by everyone. Sheila and her staff hunt down clues while China sifts through local gossip the police chief never hears. China and Ruby make Batman and Robin look like amateurs. Sadly, that's only about half the book in this case. Until this one, they were all told by China. While I appreciate the author wishing to let us in to the points of view of her other characters, I much prefer China to tell the whole story beginning to end.
And she is condescending and snotty regarding the women's quilt club that helps solve the mystery. This book is written from Sheila Dawson's perspective. I'm sure that would suit China and Mike just fine. At first Sheila believes it to be suicide, but further investigation reveals that Kirk's death wasn't self-inflicted. Sheila is the first female head of the Pecan Springs Police Dept and has recently married the former sheriff, Blackie. It's up to Cecily to find the poisoner and soothe the skittish guests.
It is interesting to see how Dawson looks for clues and ends up getting help from China. The portrayal of the town is consistent to the extent that I'm thinking of going back and creating a map. But when a murder takes place, she turns up a lot more dirt than she bargained for. Much of this story is told from her perspective, although China Bayles still gets her two cents' worth in, also. It sounds like a piece of cake.
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. Again, I compare this book to the adventures of Lucy and Ethyl and think how jarring any kind of sexual scene, no matter how simple, would be completely out of place. In this one, 20 in the series, China is more of a supporting player while the spotlight moves to police chief Sheila Dawson. He was caught breaking into Larry's computer shop to steal his own computer back because of incriminating personal information it contained. Larry Kirk, Pecan Springs' computer guru, has been shot dead in his kitchen. This is the latest book in the Pecan Street Mystery series.
As the investigation develops, there are suspicions that blackmail may have played a part in the murder. At first Sheila believes it to be suicide, but further investigation reveals that Kirk's death wasn't self-inflicted. Can Lee free her aunt and find a killer with a dark, bitter heart? Now that Larry is dead, Sheila is sure the burglary is connected to the murder. So when a golf tournament hits town, she's more teed off than anything-until the winner is murdered and nearly everyone in Maggody is a suspect! New York Times best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert is widely acclaimed for her cozy China Bayles mystery series. Beaton Hardcover On the day police sergeant Hamish Macbeth finds a body stuffed inside a chimney, sweep Pete Ray also has a fatal brush with death.
Married folks, they gotta be like that cat's claw acacia I've got growin' in my yard. It turns out, however, that he had already been involved in a crime when his shop was broken into. A Pecan Springs resident has committed suicide. Book number twenty in the China Bayles series focuses on Police Chief Sheila Dawson, Smart Cookie to her friends. But this job turns out to be anything but simple. I've read all of them! For another, he seemed an easy-going type, very unlikely to have taken his own life. Another excellent entry in the China Bayles series.
No, this isn't a bad book. There's no more conflict there, whereas there's still plenty of possibility for conflict in Sheila's life. Larry Kirk, a computer geek and computer repair business person, is murdered. Are the clues pointing in the right direction? When I'm in the mood for that kind of book, that's great, but when I pick up a China Bayles story, she's who I want to read about. New York Times best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert is widely acclaimed for her cozy China Bayles mystery series.
For one thing, Larry hated guns and was a staunch anti-gun advocate. They are sharp, strong, and clawlike, holding fast and refusing to let go. As a member you'll always get free shipping on two or more books! I have enjoyed reading each of the books in the series as well as the Darling Dahlias Mysteries by the same author. I enjoy her perspective and cozy descriptions of the plants, her shop, her relationships. This was an interesting read, but the herbal angle really didn't have much to do with anything in this book. I think maybe Albert has used up all the good plots available in this small town. At first the police chief believes Larry committed suicide but on further investigating it is found that Larry was murdered, China's friend Ruby's sister Ramona found the body and is really shook up.
Timms's time to turn himself in to the police comes and goes, and he's nowhere to be found. The Sudoku Lady by Parnell Hall Hardcover The Sudoku Lady meets the Puzzle Lady, and it's a fight to the finish, not just at sudoku, but at unmasking a killer-until Cora realizes she's accidentally framed the woman for the crime! Though he was supposed to surrender to police, he vanished instead, making him suspect number one when evidence proves Kirk was murdered. I do think China needs an attitude adjustment though. Sure, this is a murder mystery, but usually the violence is softened and just enough to further the plot. She expresses nothing but doubt about the marriage of Blackie and Sheila.