Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is ain a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Pluma (Publishers Weekly). In Widowas Tears, a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of Chinaas friendsab After losing her family and home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Rachel Blackwood rebuilt her house a hundred miles inland and later died there, still wrapped in her grief. In present-day Texas, Claire, the grandniece of Rachelas caretaker, has inherited the house and wants to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. But she is concerned that itas haunted, so she calls in her friend Rubyawho has the gift of extrasensory perceptionato check it out. While Ruby is ghost hunting, China Bayles walks into a storm of trouble in nearby Pecan Springs. A half hour before she is to make her nightly deposit, the Pecan Springs bank is robbed and a teller is shot and killed. Before she can discover the identity of the killers, China follows Ruby to the Blackwood house to discuss urgent business. As she is drawn into the mystery of the haunted house, China opens the door on some very real dangerabTen minutes later, I was locking the door and sprinting to the car. Pecan Springs is ... an empty gurney; and Maude Porterfielda#39;s Ford F150 pickup truck. Maude is a justice of the peace for Adams County, which operates under an old segment of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure called the Inquest Law. It confers on JPsanbsp;...
|Author||:||Susan Wittig Albert|
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 2013-04-02|