Widow's Tears

Widow's Tears

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Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is "in a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum."* In Widow's Tears , a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of China's friends...

After losing her husband, five children, housekeeper, and beautiful home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Rachel Blackwood rebuilt her home, and later died there, having been driven mad with grief.

In present-day Texas, Claire, the grand niece of Rachel's caretaker, has inherited the house and wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast. But she is concerned that it's haunted, so she calls in her friend Ruby--who has the gift of extrasensory perception--to check it out.

While Ruby is ghost-hunting, China Bayles walks into a storm of trouble in nearby Pecan Springs. A half hour before she is to make her nightly deposit, the Pecan Springs bank is robbed and a teller is shot and killed.

Before she can discover the identity of the killers, China follows Ruby to the Blackwood house to discuss urgent business. As she is drawn into the mystery of the haunted house, China opens the door on some very real danger...

* Publishers Weekly

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425255728
Branch Call Number: MF ALBERT
Characteristics: ix, 292 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 14, 2014

I agree this is the best one so far!!!!

Jun 11, 2013

This was the best so far of Wittig Albert's China Bayles series. Shifting between the present and past, the book was fascinating. Giving Ruby Wilcox a bigger role in this book was a good move. Sometimes China gets a bit tiresome! Taking us into the past to the Sept. 8,1900 Galveston hurricane and the life of a woman who lost her entire family in the hurricane was made so real that I was sure engrossed in the book all the way to the end.

ChristchurchLib Jun 10, 2013

"Great stuff for those who like a cosy flavoured crime yarn." June 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=642594

meandalex Apr 27, 2013

Perhaps this particular series has run its course. So little happened in this book that I was practically shouting "Get on with it and stop all this waffle". What did happen occured in the last 20 pages. This is a waste of time boring book which is a shame as I have read every one in the series and never felt like this about any of the others.


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Sep 23, 2013

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