Chile Death: A China Bayles Mystery by Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert's mystery series featuring attorney-turned-herbalist China Bayles created a whole new subgenre and a loyal following amongst her fans.

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Chile Death: A China Bayles Mystery by Susan Wittig Albert


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 306 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 6.75 x 4.27
  • Publisher: Prime Crime; Reissue edition (October 1999)
  • ISBN: 0425171477


    Amazon.com
    Chile is the pepper; chili (or sometimes chilli) is the spicy stew made with it. That's the first of many lessons about food, love, and death in Susan Wittig Albert's latest mystery about China Bayles, the Texas Hill Country lawyer turned herbalist and crime solver. Although Albert lives in the Texas Hill Country herself, she swears that China's hometown, Pecan Springs (which must have a higher per capita death rate than anyplace outside of Jessica Fletcher's Maine village), is fictional. So we have to believe that nobody really killed one of the judges of the annual Cedar Choppers Chili Cook-off by adding peanuts to his tasting sample and causing a deadly allergic reaction.

    But China and her lover, ex-cop Mike McQuaid, believe it--especially after the dead chili judge, Jerry Jeff Cody, turns out to have a swampful of dirty secrets. So Albert begins a clever dance, keeping Bayles and the bedridden McQuaid (shot while working for the Texas Rangers) in just enough danger to maintain an atmosphere of suspense while also slipping in enough chile lore to outfit a chain of Taco Bells. The format may be familiar, but Albert is one of the best in the business at making it look newly hatched. Other Bayles books include Love Lies Bleeding, Thyme of Death, and Rueful Death. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Book Description
    She planted the seeds of mystery stardom with her first book, Thyme of Death. She continued growing with such highly-praised follow-ups as Witches' Bane and Love Lies Bleeding. Now Susan Wittig Albert's career blooms with a flourish--with the brand-new offering Chile Death.

    An annual chili cookoff, a womanizing judge, and a crisis in China's personal life add up to a novel that will delight fans of this fast-rising author, a nominee for both the Anthony and Agatha Awards--and attract a whole new audience to this "appealing series that just keeps getting better." (Booklist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Reader Reviews
    Good Book, March 28, 2002 Reviewer: A reader from Sacramento, CA I Love this series. They are easy to read with good characters and an interesting but never too violent mystery.

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