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This is the 19th book in the China Bayles series and another very enjoyable book from Albert.

China is nearing home and notices a mobile home on fire. Approacing the door of the home she hears the cry of a female, then an expolsion rips the the home. The only clue the police find is a braclet with the initials G. G.. China mentions the event to an intern, Jessica, at Pecan Valley's newspaper. She lost her parents and twin sisteres in a houe fire. She feels she can get closure for her own loss and just might be able to get a story that will help her secure a good reporters job. Then Jessica goes missing trying to track down the story and possibly the killer. China has a phone message from Jessica begging for help. China must now start to backtrack Jessica's movments so she find Jessica before it is to late.

Of course there is lots of information on Morning Glory's and recipes too. ( )
  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
I am an avid gardener and I love this series. I have every book and sometimes get behind but remember the love of reading when I get into one of SWA's books! Plus the fact she obviously hates cilantro is another check on her side for me. I can just imagine just finding her as an author not read and getting the chance to read the whole series from the start over again. Well written and so descriptive and some books with recipes at the end to boot. Enjoy! ( )
  mchwest | Apr 22, 2013 |
As usual, a great story! ( )
  dragonflydee1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
I love the China Bayles Mysteries, with their delightful explanations of various plants, herb, seeds, etc. This newest one continues to live up to expectations. In Mourning Gloria, China, a retired attorney who now runs a natural herbal garden and tea shop, whilst mothering an orphaned niece, is a prime witness to a gruesome arson/murder when she stops to phone in a fire she discovers on her way home one night. After hearing cries for help, she is unable to rescue the young woman inside the burning trailer as it explodes before her eyes. When the coroner determines that the victim was shot and left for dead before the fire was deliberately set, China cannot abandon her feeling of guilt, and when an eager young reporter from the town newspaper sets out to investigate "the rest of the story" and then disappears, China cannot let go.

Husband McQuaid, a retired cop private investigator is out of town for this one, and Sheriff Blackie, usually so cooperative is at first too immersed in his own coming nuptials to pay much attention. As usual, China continues to pick at the bone, following a string of clues that inevitably lead to a good resolution in the nick of time.

A great audio, and a well plotted mystery with a definite sense of place. The small Texas town is well portrayed, and the characters bring to life that sense of comraderie so endearing to these kinds of locations. This is another series you can start anywhere, but again, is more fun if read from the beginning. ( )
2 vote tututhefirst | Mar 17, 2012 |
An excellent entry in an excellent series! China delves into the darker side of herbs. McQuaid and Bryan are off stage for this story, a smart choice with so many developed characters at this point and a busy and above-average plot. I love the time I spend in Pecan Springs though these books and miss it while I'm waiting for the next book to come out. ( )
  hjjugovic | Aug 7, 2011 |
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The TV weatherman had forecast thunderstorms for the evening but clear skies and plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures for the coming weekend, so Gloria tossed a pair of khaki shorts into her duffle bag and followed them up with her red bikini and a tube of suntan cream.
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After a woman is killed in an arson-homicide, Jessica Nelson, an intern-reporter at the local paper, is assigned to cover the story. When Jessica disappears, China Bayles is determined to find her, before she becomes a headline herself.

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