Thyme of Death

Thyme of Death

A China Bayles Mystery

Book - 1994
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Penguin Putnam
Nominated for both an Agatha and an Anthony Award, Susan Wittig Albert’s novels featuring ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles have won acclaim for their rich characterization and witty, suspenseful stories of crime and passion in small-town Texas.

Now, when China’s friend Jo dies of an apparent suicide, China looks behind the quaint façade of Pecan Springs and takes a suspicious look at everyone. And though she finds lots of friendly faces, China is sure that one of them hides the heart of a killer.

Baker & Taylor
Eager to open up an herb shop and get closer to the earth, China Bayles leaves behind her career in corporate law and moves to Pecan Springs, Texas, but a close friend's tragic death could end her happy plans

& Taylor

When her friend Jo dies of an apparent suicide, ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles looks with suspicion upon the friendly faces of quaint Pecan Springs. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Berkley, 1994, c1992.
ISBN: 9780425140987
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 17 cm.


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Jun 03, 2019

This is the 1st book in the authors series, name of China Bayles series.
Intelligent writing, colorful cast of characters.
China Bayles is a former criminal defense attorney who moved to a small Texas town for a new life, owning an herb store.

The series has a Total of 27 titles in the series thru year 2019

Oct 21, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery about an ex-lawyer who owns an herb shop in a little dinky town in Texas. Even though it was written in 1993, it doesn't feel terribly dated. Yes, there are some references to older cars and corded phones and out of date styles (including LOTS of pantyhose) but on the whole it felt as if the story could take place today, certainly. China is a capable investigator, given her background, and doesn't flounder or stumble upon clues like other cozy heroines do. She's level headed, with a boyfriend who she regularly sleeps with (something rather uncommon in cozies), no ex-husband, and no kids. In this sense she feels refreshing and honest. Also, there's three murders in this book, not just one, which keeps the action rolling along at a swift pace, unlike other cozies that tend to have a lull in the middle. None of the characters were cliched or overly annoying- they felt like actual people. Throw in a couple of red herrings here, and this was a pretty darn good mystery. I'll certainly be continuing in this series to see what other hijinks China gets herself into.

Jan 01, 2013

Well, I have to say I really enjoyed this book, but I figured that I would. I had to wait a while to get this one from the library but it was worth it. I love the characters and am looking forward to their continued development.

Jul 26, 2011

This is one of the best series I've read since Rex Stouts, Nero Wolfe. The first book is a bit slow but each one gets better and better. I especially like the recipes, learning about the different herbs, and how to plant a garden. The on going story of all the characters is also great.

Jul 26, 2011

Had trouble getting into this one, but after I got past the first chapter, it was enjoyable. Not bad for my first ever mystery.


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