China Bayles Mystery, No 15
by Susan Wittig Albert
China Bayles is juggling her herb shop, catering business, and
starting a weekend papermaking class, plus her family’s needs. Luckily,
China has friends to help her through each aspect of her life. Even
when her friend Ruby is trying to deal with her mother getting older
and her ex-boyfriend blowing her off, Ruby still tries to be there
for China, giving her good advice on how to figure out who killed
the person China found while looking for yucca plants.
There’s a subplot where China’s half brother hires her husband, who’s a private investigator, to figure out if
her father had an accidental death or not.
China and her friends are instantly likeable characters. Readers can sympathize with their busy lives. Readers
can also understand that some will do whatever they can for each other, i.e., finding yucca plants for a
papermaking workshop. The mystery of why the corpse was in the yucca plants, and who killed that person, is filled
with many possible suspects. The mystery has enough complexity that it keeps readers guessing what exactly happened.
The subplot is humorous as China really makes everyone understand she
wishes her half brother would leave their father’s death alone and
how she emphasizes that he is her half-brother when people call
him her brother.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Mistletoe Man, No 9
of a Death, No 12
Dagger, No 15
Wormwood, 17 [review
Gloria, No 19
Claw, No 20