Series: #6 in the China Bayles seriesGenre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 304
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I’m finished with book six in this series and still enjoying it. I like to slip in a few cozy mysteries in between the grittier books. By now China Bayles and the supporting cast are familiar characters with some ongoing storylines.

China is a former attorney who gave up her practice in Houston to move to Pecan Springs in the hill country of Texas. Seeking a simpler, safer life, she’s now the owner of a successful herb shop and comfortably settled in. When a former Texas Ranger who has recently moved to town is found dead, there are questions about whether it was a suicide or did his wife have something to do with it? China finds herself involved in the investigation when the man’s wife asks for her help with some legal questions. Before long China and her friend Ruby are asking more and more questions. Is the death a suicide? Is the wife involved? On top of all that, no sooner does China finally decide that she’s ready to marry her longtime boyfriend, than he starts showing signs that he may be cheating on her.

The mystery and the continuing storylines go hand in hand in this series, so my recommendation is to read them in order. It’s definitely a cozy series I thoroughly enjoy.