Mourning Gloria by Susan Wittig Albert

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Susan Wittig Albert, “who consistently turns out some of the best-plotted mysteries on the market,”* delivers the charm and suspense in her latest herbal treat, Mourning Gloria. Now ex-lawyer and current herbalist China Bayles must stop a killer whose evil is burning through Texas…


China is relishing the scents, produce, and even the showers of spring. She’s also busy hosting Pecan Springs’ Farmers’ Market. It brings additional customers to her herb shop Thyme and Seasons. And residents find rare ingredients they wouldn’t otherwise find in the supermarket. Everybody wins…

But as the town bustles back to life in the warmth of the season, one woman’s life is tragically brought to an end. China happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it’s arson homicide—but who would commit such a ghastly crime?

An intern-reporter at the local paper, Jessica Nelson, is assigned to cover the story. Drawn into the case by its similarity to her own tragic loss—Jessica’s family died in a fire—she soon finds herself deeply involved and in danger. And when Jessica disappears, China becomes determined to help find her, before she becomes headlines herself…

*Houston Chronicle


About Susan Wittig 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 5, 2011 by Berkley. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A disturbing experience involves Texas ex-lawyer, herbalist, business owner and amateur sleuth China Bayles in yet another murder case.

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It’s a typically good opening, but it’s the last stretch of a coherent writing in the book.

Apr 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Mourning Gloria

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