Queen Anne’s Lace (China Bayles Mysteries) by Susan Wittig Albert

One wonderful thing that has come out of this virus shutdown has been my reading for the pure pleasure of reading.  As I have had the time to breathe, I have been going to my To Be Read shelves and picking something just because it appeals to me.  I have not read all of this series, but several of them and not in order.  The author offered a few paragraphs to fill in the reader who may not be a ‘regular visitor’. Stepping into China Bayles’ world and her Herb shop Thyme and Season is not only entertaining but also I learn something every time.  In this episode, the Texas author also transports the reader back in time with a message from a previous owner of China’s shop.  The two stories flowed seamlessly. 

Anything by Susan Wittig Albert always holds my interest.  Her research and dedication to details create a world I love to escape to.

For more about this author and all of her wonderful books, CLICK HERE.


A present-day ghost leads China Bayles to a secret from Pecan Springs’s past in this haunting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.

While helping Ruby Wilcox clean up the loft above their shops, China comes upon a box of antique handcrafted lace and old photographs. Following the discovery, she hears a woman humming an old Scottish ballad and smells the delicate scent of lavender.…

Soon, strange happenings start to occur in Thyme and Seasons. When a customer sees a mysterious woman picking flowers nearby and then suddenly disappearing, China must finally admit what Ruby has always known—their building is haunted. But by whom?

As China investigates, the tragic story of a woman in one of the old photographs unfolds. China delves into the century-old mystery and realizes that solving it could have unimaginable repercussions in the here and now.

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