No one likes a late night call as it never signifies
anything good. Unfortunately for China and her husband,
McQuaid, a late night call brings back a blast from
McQuaid's past. Max Mantel, a man on death row for murder
and leading a sex trafficking ring, has escaped from
maximum security and seems determined to seek revenge on
everyone who put him there. McQuaid was the lead
detective on Max's case and he wants his wife out of
harm's way. China doesn't like it, but she's already
promised her best friend, Ruby, that she'll teach a class
at THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH. McQuaid is going to have
his hands full dealing with Max while China has her own
troubles as the ranch is in the middle of an ownership
THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH is the 25th book in the
Bayles series and wow, this series just
continues to amaze me! THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH can be
read as a standalone story, but the relationships are
better appreciated if you've read at least a few of Susan
Wittig Albert's other books in the series. In particular,
a couple of scenes are absolutely hilarious if you know
the background of all of the characters. The viewpoint
alternates between China and McQuaid, as they both are
forced into life or death situations. I like the
alternating viewpoints as we get to see inside McQuaid's
head a bit more. Hopefully, this is a new trend we'll see
in future books as well!
Both mysteries are fascinating and I have to give Susan
Wittig Albert credit for the strong writing she displays
in THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH. Normally in stories where
there are two storylines going, I want to skip past one
to get back to the storyline that intrigues me the most.
THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH didn't have any of those
moments as I found both storylines equally captivating.
THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH is another phenomenal entry
into the long-running China Bayles series. China,
with her knowledge and love of herbs, has been a favorite
cozy mystery heroine of mine for years and it's always
fun to sit back and see what quandaries she encounters.
THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH kicks things up a bit with
McQuaid's predicament. Cozy mystery fans who haven't
sampled one of Susan Wittig Albert's delightful mysteries
should give THE LAST CHANCE OLIVE RANCH a try as they
won't regret it!
In this exciting new mystery from New York Times
bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles
fears for her husband’s life as an escaped convict targets
Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has
busted out of the Huntsville prison and appears to be headed
for Pecan Springs. McQuaid knows there’s only one way to
stop the vengeful convict—set a trap with himself as bait.
China wants to stay by her husband’s side and keep him from
harm. But McQuaid insists that she get out of town and go to
the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she’s agreed to teach a
workshop on herbs.
When China and her best friend arrive at the ranch, she
learns the owner, Maddie Haskell, has her own troubles. She
inherited the ranch and olive oil business from the late
matriarch, Eliza Butler, but Eliza’s nephew is contesting
While China throws herself into helping Maddie, McQuaid’s
plan backfires when Mantel executes a countermove he never
saw coming. Now McQuaid’s life is not the only one at
stake—and this time may really be his last chance...