Dead Man's Bones by Susan Albert
(China Bayles Mysteries #13)

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Susan Wittig Albert’s exciting mysteries have been praised as “unique” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) and “fascinating” (Booklist). Now, a dead man’s bones are uncovered—and Texas ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles must dig into a pair of murders separated by time but connected by motive… When China’s teenage son finds some skeletal remains during a local cave dig—remains that show a not-so-accidental death—it’s a disturbing development. But China doesn’t let it distract her from the opening of the new community theater donated by the elderly Obermann sisters. Unfortunately, the haughty, bullying Jane Obermann—and her frail, frightened younger sister—made the donation with a condition: that the first production be a play written by Jane about their aristocratic family history.

The premiere party ends with a bang when a ne’er-do-well local handyman is shot dead by Jane while breaking into the Obermann estate. It seems like a clear-cut case of self-defense. But China senses something else going on behind the scenes. Now, the key to catching a killer might be the mysterious bones in the cave—a clue from the past that could help China solve a mystery in the present…


 

About Susan Albert

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Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles mysteries, a family-friendly mystery series set in the early 1900s featuring Beatrix Potter, and the Darling Dahlias series. She lives in Bertram, Texas.
 
Published April 4, 2006 by Berkley. 348 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ruby doesn't have time to hear the whole story right away as she and Ruby are busy catering the opening party at the new local theatre donated by a pair of spinster sisters.

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