From Susan Wittig Albert, the New York Times best-selling author of Queen Anne‚Äôs Lace, comes an intriguing new addition to her widely-acclaimed China Bayles Mysteries.
China Bayles Mystery #27
On Sale: June 4, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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China and Ruby Wilcox are presenting their annual ''Not
Just Plain Vanilla Workshop,'' always a huge hit with
customers at Thyme & Seasons Herb Shop. But someone
involved with the workshop is driven by a deadly motive,
and China soon finds herself teaming up with the very
pregnant Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson to solve
a vanilla-flavored murder.
Sheila, happy to get out from behind the chief's desk, is
investigating the death of a botany professor, a prominent
researcher specializing in vanilla orchids. China is trying
to help a longtime friend: the dead professor's ex-wife and
a prime suspect in his murder.
However, there's no shortage of other suspects: a betrayed
lover, a disgruntled graduate student, jealous colleagues,
and a gang of orchid smugglers. But the lethal roots of
this mystery reach back into the dark tropical jungles of
Mexico, where the vanilla vine was first cultivated. At
stake: a lucrative plant patent, an orchid that is extinct
in the wild, and the life of an innocent little girl.
A Plain Vanilla Murder is a flavorful blend of mystery and
herb lore, present sins and past secrets, and characters
who are as real as your next-door neighbors stirred
together in an absorbing novel that only Susan Wittig
Albert could create.
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