Chile Death - China Bayles, Bk 7 Author:Susan Wittig Albert China Bayles is looking forward to the annual chili cook-off in Pecan Springs. And when the event arrives, she takes along her fiance, giving both of them a nice break from China's visiting (i. e., meddling) mother. But then cook-off judge Jerry Jeff Cody dies of an allergic reaction -- to a peanut. Everyone knows ... more »peanuts don't belong in a bowl of Texas chili...and China knows something suspicious is afoot. Now, with rumors flying about foul play--and whispered stories about Jerry Jeff's womanizing ways -- things are heating up all over...« less
#7 of the China Bayles mysteries. Excellent as usual. The author manages to once again create a decent plot, characters who have emotional depth and a few unexpected twists and turns. Albert is one of the most consistent writers, quality wise, that I've read. This 7th book is as fresh and interesting as the first.
I really liked this installment of this series. It helped to continue the personal relationship between China and McQuaid. The way they found the killer and the twists and turns along the way made me wonder if I had guessed right.
The descriptions of all the different chilies seemed to be a bit muchI dont see how knowing all about the different chilies helped the story any.
Did the description of the barn that was falling apart really have to take up three pages? I would think that the author could have made it very clear that the barn was falling apart without having to take up so many pages.