Thyme of Death

Thyme of Death

A Mystery Introducing China Bayles

Book - 1992
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The first China Bayles mystery is now reissued at a special low price. When China's friend Jo dies of an apparent suicide, China looks behind the quaint facade of Pecan Springs. Though she finds a lot of friendly faces, China is sure that one of them hides the heart of a killer.
Publisher: New York : Scribner's ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992
ISBN: 9780684195223
Characteristics: 260 p. ; 25 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 Yes, there are some references to older cars and corded phones and out of date styles (including LOTS of pantyhose) but on the whole it felt as if the story could take place today, certainly.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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