Book List:54 titles
  • AMAZON BEST SELLERFrom Susan Wittig Albert, the New York Times best-selling author of Queen Anne's Lace, comes an intriguing new addition to her widely-acclaimed China Bayles Mysteries. China and Ruby Wilcox are presenting their annual ''Not Just Pl...


  • It’s Halloween, and Ruby is looking forward to a party at China Bayles’ house and a busy holiday weekend at her New Age shop, the Crystal Cave. But her holiday plans are interrupted when Jessica Nelson, a crime reporter at the Pecan Springs Enter...


  • In this gripping second novella in the Crystal Cave series, bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert tells an intriguing tale of murder in the Texas Hill Country.Ruby has a rare gift for seeing things that others can’t . . .Ruby Wilcox (owner of the ...


  • From NYT bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert comes the first novella in the mesmerizing Crystal Cave series.Ruby has a rare gift for seeing things that others can’t . . .Ruby Wilcox (owner of the Crystal Cave, Pecan Springs’ only New Age shop)...


  • It's Christmas, 1934, and the citizens of Darling, Alabama, are unwrapping a big package of Christmas puzzles. Mildred Kilgore and Earlynne Biddle are planning to open a bakery on the square—if they can come up with the right recipes. Charlie Dick...


  • A present day ghost leads China Bayles to a secret from Pecan Springs's past in this haunting mystery While helping Ruby Wilcox clean up the loft above their shops, China comes upon a box of antique handcrafted lace and old photographs. Following ...


  • NYT bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to Depression-era Darling, Alabama . . . where the ladies of the Dahlias, the local garden club, are happy to dig a little dirt! In the seventh book of this popular series, it looks like the music ...


  • In this exciting new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles fears for her husband’s life as an escaped convict targets him... Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has busted out of the Hun...


  • Set during the chaotic years of World War II, The General's Women tells the story of the conflicted relationship between General Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, his Irish driver/aide, and the impact of that relationship on Mamie Eisenhower and h...







  • In the newest China Bayles Mystery in the New York Times bestselling series, China comes to the aid of a nurse who ends up in the hospital... It’s mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a ...


  • When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok—Hick—is assigned to cover Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the wife of the 1932 Democratic presidential candidate, the two women become deeply, intimately involved. Their relationship begins with mutual romanti...


  • New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert transports readers to the summer of 1934, when a sensational murder shakes up the small Southern town of Darling, Alabama -- and pulls in the ladies of the Darling Dahlias’ garden club, who neve...


  • This Thanksgiving, be grateful for China Bayles--who teams up with an old friend to solve a complex case of theft and murder in a South Texas ranching community... It's Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs, and China is planning to visit her mother, Lea...


  • National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert takes readers back in time to small-town Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s--where the Darling Savings and Trust has just closed and the women of the Darling Dahlias' garden club are betting their bottom do...


  • "One of the most endearing and personable amateur sleuths” (Midwest Book Review), herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is back. In Death Come Quickly, a friend’s murder may be the key to solving a fifteen-year-old cold case... When China’s ...


  • The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be. Now, bestselling auth...


  • National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s--where the Darling Dahlias, the colorful ladies of a garden club, are anything but shrinking violets when it comes to rooting out criminals......


  • Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is “in a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum.”* In Widow’s Tears, a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of China’s friends… After losing her husband, f...


  • National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s -- and the Darling Dahlias, the ladies of a garden club who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty solving mysteries… Just in time for ...


  • Sheila Dawson has made history as the first female police chief in Pecan Springs, Texas. She's also cracked many a mystery in collaboration with local sleuth China Bayles -- that's why everyone thinks she's such a smart cookie. Now, Sheila puts those...


  • It's the heart of summer in 1913, and Beatrix is eager to marry her fianc, solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy couple's path to the altar, like the troubled remodeling of Castle Cottage-Will and Beatrix's futur...


  • From the national bestselling author of the China Bayles Mysteries comes the second novel in a new series featuring the ladies of a garden club in Darling, Alabama, who also dabble in digging through clues -- the Darling Dahlias. As Darling's town...


  • China Bayles the ex-lawyer and current herbalist must stop a killer whose evil is burning through Texas... MOURNING GLORIA This spring China is busy selling her wares at Pecan Springs' Farmers' Market and enjoying the additional customers the ...


  • Beatrix Potter's tales have bewitched readers for a century. Now, fans of all ages cherish Susan Wittig Albert's Cottage Tales mysteries, starring Miss Potter herself... Miss Beatrix Potter has returned to Near Sawrey, seeking refuge from the bluste...


  • From the national bestselling author of the China Bayles Mysteries comes an "exceptional" new series featuring the ladies of a garden club who also dabble in digging through clues--the Darling Dahlias. The country may be struggling through the Great...


  • Ex-lawyer and current herbalist China Bayles is known as "a leader among female sleuths" (Publishers Weekly). In Holly Blues, an unwelcome holiday guest creates a thorny situation for China and her husband... Life has been good to China Bayles, so s...


  • Beatrix Potter's tales have bewitched readers for a century. Now, fans of all ages cherish Susan Wittig Albert's Cottage Tales mysteries, starring Miss Potter herself... After his haystack was torched, Mr. Harmsworth barricaded a common path through...


  • Ex-lawyer and current herbalist China Bayles' adventures are "always intriguing?" (Booklist) In Wormwood, China visits a historic Shaker village to find peace, but instead finds long-buried secrets entwined in a modern-day mystery .. . China is wary...






  • Beatrix Potter's tales have bewitched readers for a century. Now, fans of all ages cherish Susan Wittig Albert's Cottage Tales Mysteries, starring Miss Potter herself... Near Sawrey, the seat of Miss Beatrix Potter's country home, has been abuzz eve...


  • Susan Wittig Albert takes China on a trip down memory lane, where one fresh murder and several cold cases force her to face her dark past ... China's herb shop and catering business may be thriving, but she's still reeling from the circumstances sur...


  • Beatrix Potter's stories have enchanted readers for a century. And now, fans young and old cherish Susan Wittig Albert's Cottage Tales mysteries, starring Miss Potter herself... Beatrix Potter receives an unexpected--and possibly long-term--visito...


  • Between the herb shop, the catering business, and a weekend paper-making class, China Bayles has her work cut out for her. And now China's half-brother is opening up old wounds, trying to investigate their father's supposedly accidental death, and he...


  • Winner, WILLA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction, 2008How do women experience the vast, arid, rugged land of the American Southwest? The Story Circle Network, a national organization dedicated to helping women write about their lives, posed this ...


  • A treasury of recipes, crafts, gardening tips, and more from the national bestselling author of the China Bayles series—a great gift for both mystery fans and herb & craft enthusiasts!Readers of the China Bayles mystery novels are familiar with the...


  • Beatrix Potter's stories have enchanted readers for a century. And now, fans young and old can enjoy Susan Wittig Albert's Cottage Tales mysteries, starring Miss Potter herself... All is not well in Holly How when Miss Beatrix Potter returns from ...


  • High school football coach Tim Duffy is handsome, charming, and married into a wealthy local family. But now, an anonymous accuser has made shocking allegations of improper behavior-and China Bayles is asked to conduct a discreet investigation. W...


  • By now, Beatrix Potter, the beloved children's author, has won over human and animal hearts alike in her new home, the sleepy village of Sawrey. In this new novel, animal lover Miss Potter sets out to solve a case that will affect all creatures, grea...


  • 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--remai...


  • In this first of the Cottage Tales, animal lover and all-around Good Samaritan Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit, is ready to help solve local mysteries. And with her entourage of animal friends, she sets out to win over the human hearts of Sawr...


  • 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 McQuaid has announced that he's bored with teaching--he wants to try his hand...


  • Now readers can join China Bayles in ten puzzling casesand get a taste of her world. This delightful collection features loads of wonderful herbal tidbits on everything from rosemary to feverfew to catnip; recipes for such to-die-for dishes as a Dead...


  • The tiny town of Indigo, Texas, is the perfect setting for China to teach a Colors to Dye For workshop. With artists flocking to the countryside in growing numbers, Indigo is coming back to life. Only one person stands in the way of the town's reviva...


  • Lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles returns to the Deep South, where her family’s legacy of silence is at last broken—and the past finally, unforgettably, speaks the truth… A frantic phone call from her mother brings China back to her family...


  • Former big-city lawyer 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...


  • In the eighth book in Susan Wittig Albert's award-nominated series, ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles must put her upcoming nuptials on the back burner when a murder investigation entangles her friends and neighbors... "Good riddance," is the r...


  • 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 ...


  • As a Texas Ranger, Roy Adcock outwitted plenty of dangerous characters. But now the retired Ranger has been shot dead--with his wife's gun. The case hits close to home for China, since Dolores Adcock had been at the herb shop just that morning. But w...


  • In search of respite, China takes off to St. Theresa's Monastery with her friend Maggie, a former nun. The goal is a brief, tranquil retreat--but there's a conflict at the convent. The mother superior has recently died, and a battle over the future o...






  • Now, in her most intriguing case yet, China discovers that business can be murder when her accountant, Rosemary Robbins, is killed. With an abusive ex-husband and plenty of former clients in the picture, there's no shortage of suspects. And China mus...


  • A prominent animal researcher has been hanged. And suspicion has fallen on the Cat Lady--a local biology professor whose obsession with rescuing strays makes her, in some people's minds, capable of murder in defense of animals. But China is a friend ...


  • in Malice Domestic 3

    Acclaimed Agatha Award-winning author Nancy Pickard dishes up a perfectly delicious new feast of original mystery stories, served up in classic Agatha Christie style. Celebrating the enduring legacy of the most beloved crime writer of all time, MALIC...


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    Halloween is supposed to be scary--but someone's pulling pranks in Pecan Springs that go way beyond holiday hijinks. The creepiness culminates in a brutal murder--and China's friend Ruby becomes a prime suspect when a mudslinging minister accuses her...


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    INTRODUCING CHINA BAYLES CHINA'S herb shop in Pecan Springs, Texas, is a long way from the law firm in Houston. But China wanted to get away from it all: the power plays, the scheming, the backstabbing. Still, wherever there are people, there are ...