This is a wonderful series! It's good to collect them and read them in order but not necessary to enjoy these books. The characters are fun and so likeable you will think of them as friends. The plot is well developed and the pace is excellent. Definitely a page turner!!!
China is in a Pickle! Ruby's daughter shows up pregnant, McQuaid is tired of teaching and wants to become a PI, and it's time for Pecan Springs annual "Pickle Fest!"
This is one the series of the China Bayles mystery books. Warning after reading just one book in this series you will want to read all of her books.
This mystery features China Bayles, a former big-city attorney who now runs Thyme and Seasons Herbs, a small shop in quiet, touristy Pecan Springs, Tex. Dill is the featured herb in this installment of the high-concept series. As Pecan Springs gets ready for its annual Pickle-Fest, China and the other members of the Pretty Pickle Planners panic when Phoebe Morgan the Pickle Queen disappears right before the big event. There are plenty of suspects, false scents and surprises as China scrambles to keep Pickle-Fest alive-and solve a murder or two. The interplay of the author's core characters, including China's husband Mike McQuaid (a former cop)and her best friend Ruby Wilcox, keep the plot perking along.
This is the first book I have read by Susan Wittig Albert. I am enjoying it thoroughly and am going to read more.
New readers shouldnt start here, too much character background will be missing. China Bayles, a lawyer turned herb-shop owner, is preparing for the towns annual Picklefest when the owner of the pickle factory, and the benefactor of the festival, turns up murdered. Lots of threads lead back to the murdered woman embezzlement, jealousy, land deals gone wrong, unwed mothers and China manages to sort out a number of family complications along with solving the murder. This is a pretty good entry in the series, although I did manage to put it down several times while reading.
I love the series and the recipes. Decided not to make home made dill pickles after finding out the difficulty and time required.
If you enjoy this China Bayles series, check out the other series Albert has written. "The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter" and the series written with her husband Bill, as Robin Paige. The last is a historical mystery series. One of my favorite authors!
China Bayles is in a pickle. The daughter of her best friend Ruby has turned up on her doorstop. pregnant and in need of a place to live. And her otherwise sensible husband McQuaid has announced that he's bored with teaching--he wants to try his hand as a private eye. His first client is Phoebe the Pickle Queen . . . but just days before the annual Picklefest, the Pickle Queen disappears. It's up to McQuaid and China to search for the Pickle Queen--and for clues in a case that promises to leave a very sour taste.
Another China Bayles winner! Ya don't know who dun it until the last chapter and you place the blame for the crimes on different people as the storyline progresses...
Another in the China Bayles series. This time the owner of the local pickle factory is found in the effluent vat~~thoroughly pickled , of course. Good read. This is one of my favorite series.
Part of the China Bayles herbalist series.This is great as are all in this series. It features the murder of a pickle heiress,
Another great herb mystery.
Another winner in Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series. An easy entertaining read.
This was excellent, the plot was good, the characters were likable, and I read it in 2 nights. I've always enjoyed the China Bayles series and they just keep getting better.
I like Albert's series and this is enjoyable but I wouldn't give it 4 1/2 stars.
I'm really glad I found this series! Great characters.
Albert's books are well written and good vacation reading. Enjoyed this mystery while on the beach.