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Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles

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Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher

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Wendy Hornsby's Maggie MacGowen

Tanya Huff's Vicki Nelson (Blood)

Val McDermid's Kate Brannigan

Shane Maloney's Murray Whelan

Sara Paretsky's V. I. Warshawski

J D Robb's Eve Dallas and Roarke

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Michael W. Sherer's Blake Sanders

Zoe Sharp's Charlie Fox

John Sandford's Lucas Davenport

John Sandford's Virgil Flowers

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Anne McCaffrey's Talents (psychic, rowan, tower) series

Anne McCaffrey's Petaybee series

Anne McCaffrey's Freedom series

Anne McCaffrey's Acorna series

George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones and more

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Lilian Jackson Braun's The  Cat Who (Qwilleran) series reading order and synopsis

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See also:  Tanya Huff's Vicki Nelson Paranormal Investigator series page reading order and synopsis; 160x480

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J D Robb (Nora Roberts) Eve Dallas (In Death) series page reading order and synopsis; 160x480

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Susan Wittig Albert

China Bayles Series

Pecan Springs Thyme and Seasons - a Texas Herbal

China Bayles was a smart, driven, workaholic defense lawyer, nicknamed Hot Shot by her classmates at law school, who specialised in getting freedom for bad guys with money. She cashed it all in to buy an old limestone shop/residence in the Texan (fictitious) small town of Pecan Springs where she opened a herb shop.

She shares the building with The Crystal Cave, a new age shop run by the oddball Ruby, her best friend, a devoted mystery reader with a spookily accurate ability to read Ouija boards and tarot cards.

Also in her life is Mike McQuaid, a homicide detective who followed her into retirement as a teacher at the nearby university, and who, with his young son, is a large part of China's life.

Occasionally assisted by The Whiz (a law school rival and friend) and Smart Cookie (the model-beautiful chief of security at the university who becomes Pecan Springs' chief of police, China and Ruby either come upon crime scenes or have crimes brought to them.

Told largely in first person, the China Bayles series is filled with herbal lore, good friends and a growing family all in the hot Texas sun.


Thyme of Death

Witches Bane

Hangman's Root

Rosemary Remembered

Rueful Death

Love Lies Bleeding

Chile Death

Lavender Lies

Mistletoe Man


Indigo Dying

An UnThymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries

An UnThyme ly Death and Other Garden Mysteries

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Thyme of Death, Susan Wittig Albert

Thyme of Death

When China's good friend, Jo Gilbert, apparently commits suicide, China is more than puzzled. Jo had been suffering from a terminal disease, but wasn't the type to take her own life. And, to a lawyer like China, some revealing letters that Jo leaves behind shout blackmail and murder, not suicide.

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Witches Bane, Susan Wittig Albert

Witches Bane

China is shocked when Halloween hijinks take a gruesome turn in Pecan Springs, ending in a brutal murder. And China is even more shocked when her friend Ruby, a New Age expert in tarot and astrology, becomes the prime suspect after a minister accuses her of witchcraft.

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Hangman's Root, Susan Wittig Albert

Hangman's Root

When an animal researcher is found hanged, China Bayles discovers that her friend the Cat Lady is not the only one who wanted him dead, becomes involved in animal rights issues, and deals with a romantic ultimatum from Mike McQuaid.

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Rosemary Remembered, Susan Wittig Albert

Rosemary Remembered

When her accountant, Rosemary, is killed, ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles finds a host of suspects that includes an abusive ex-husband and several former clients. Reprint.

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Rueful Death, Susan Wittig Albert

Rueful Death

Exhausted by the Christmas season and her new roommates, love interest Mike McQuaid and his 12-year-old son, China takes off for a retreat at St. Theresa's Monastery in Texas's remote and wild Yucca River country with friend Maggie Garrett, a former nun. In spite of its tranquil appearance, the religious order is in a state of turmoil. St. Theresa's has merged with another order which wants to use the retreat's bequest to open a high-powered retreat center. The two sides are hopelessly deadlocked when the Reverend Mother, the tie-breaking vote, dies mysteriously. China agrees to look into the death.

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Love Lies Bleeding, Susan Wittig Albert

Love Lies Bleeding

McQuaid is on sabbatical writing a history of the Texas Rangers. China decides at last to accept McQuaid's next proposal of marriage, but he reveals himself to be less than honest and trustworthy. China steps up to solve a case of retired Texas Ranger shot dead with his wife's gun.

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Chile Death, Susan Wittig Albert

Chile Death

Ex-lawyer turned herbalist and amateur sleuth China Bayles attends a chili cook-off where a womanizing judge dies of an allergic reaction to peanuts. And since everyone knows peanuts don't belong in a bowl of Texas chili, China knows something suspicious is afoot...

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Lavender Lies, Susan Wittig Albert

Lavender Lies

China Bayles is a week away from marrying her beloved fiancé, the interim police chief of Pecan Springs. However, the murder of Edgar Coleman puts a damper on her plans, so China decides to help her husband-to-be solve the crime. Edgar, who was known for his shady deals and philandering ways, had many enemies, so China and her friend Ruby decide to investigate, and what they turn up adds more suspects to the list and more possibilities that China will miss her honeymoon.

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Mistletoe Man, Susan Wittig Albert

Mistletoe Man

China Bayles worked hard to make her Texas herb shop, Thyme and Seasons, a success. Now business is booming at her charming new tea room, Thyme for Tea--but China is too distracted to revel in her latest entrepreneurial triumph. When she's not trying to spend more time with her new husband and stepson, she's worrying about her best friend, Ruby, who just hasn't been herself lately. To further complicate matters, China has to round up a supply of mistletoe, the season's most popular herb. It seems an easy enough task--until her chief supplier turns up dead...

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Bloodroot, Susan Wittig Albert


A frantic phone call from her mother brings China back to her family's Mississippi plantation--a place she'd forsaken long ago. But the late-spring air is thick with fear--and from the moment of her arrival, China knows that something has gone desperately wrong at Jordan's Crossing. An ancient property deed has surfaced--and the man who uncovered it has mysteriously vanished. And as the fates and fortunes of two very different families collide in frightening, unpredictable ways, China must face disturbing new questions about her family's past--and her own future...

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Indigo Dying, Susan Wittig Albert

Indigo Dying

China Bayles heads to the tiny town of Indigo, Texas, to teach a Colors to Dye For workshop. But she quickly discovers that Indigo is a town with more than its share of dark secrets-secrets that someone thinks are worth killing to keep. Ruby reveals extraordinary depths of insight.

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An UnThymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries , Susan Wittig Albert

An UnThyme ly Death and Other Garden Mysteries

Short Story Collection

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A Dilly of a Death, Susan Wittig Albert

A Dilly of a Death

China Bayles is in a pickle. The daughter of her best friend, Ruby, has turned up on her doorstep, pregnant and in need of a place to live. And her otherwise sensible husband has announced that he's bored with teaching and ready for a career change." "Say "hello" to P.I. Mike McQuaid and Associates. There aren't actually any "associates" - unless you count Ruby and China, of course. But the title does have a nice, official ring to it. His first client is Phoebe the Pickle Queen, owner of the biggest little pickle business in Texas. According to Phoebe, her plant manager is embezzling, and she wants McQuaid to follow the money." Meanwhile, Pecan Springs is hosting the annual Picklefest - and this year, China and Ruby are on the planning committee, along with Phoebe. But just days before the festival starts, the Pickle Queen disappears. Some say she sold her business and split; others think the answer may lie with her missing boyfriend. 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.

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Dead Man's Bones, Susan Wittig Albert

Dead Man's Bones

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...

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Bleeding Hearts, Susan Wittig Albert

Bleeding Hearts

China is asked to investigate charges of impropriety surrounding a student's suicide and the local hero -- a football coach.

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Spanish Dagger, Susan Wittig Albert

Spanish Dagger

While harvesting yucca plants to make paper, China Bayles finds a body-cause of death: unknown. It seems that the simple lives of many residents of Pecan Springs hide complex and dangerous pasts. And now, while also unraveling secrets that hit close to home, China must set the record straight- and find a killer.

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Nightshade, Susan Wittig Albert


China's half-brother hires Mike McQuaid, now a PI, to investigate their father's death sixteen years ago. Told from both China's and McQuaid's point of view, this two-pronged investigation brings to a close the mysteries of the previous two books.

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Wormwood, Susan Wittig Albert


In a multi-layered tale set on the site of a defunct Shaker village, China investigates murder and embezzlement.

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Holly Blues, Susan Wittig Albert

Holly Blues

McQuaid's ex-wife has psychiatric problems, but when she turns up claiming to be homeless, jobless and broke China takes her in. Soon McQuaid and China are each off on an investigation as the ex-wife goes missing and the body count rises.

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Mourning Gloria, Susan Wittig Albert

Mourning Gloria

China comes upon a burning trailer and tries unsuccessfully to save the woman inside. Soon China is searching for answers on the local campus.

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Cat's Claw, Susan Wittig Albert

Cat's Claw

Smart Cookie, police chief Sheila Dawson, newly married, takes the limelight as she works in the field on a Pecan Springs investigation. It's blackmail, theft and murder in a small town with China and Ruby helping as always.

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Widow's Tears, Susan Wittig Albert

Widow's Tears

Ruby is called upon to help a friend who inherited a haunted house. She must confront the gifts that she has suppressed for years. With China in the final scenes, the three women must make peace with the ghost.

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China Bayles' Book of Days, Susan Wittig Albert

China Bayles' Book of Days

A compendium of herbal lore.

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