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A delightful new collection of ten mysteries featuring lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles——along with a selection of her best recipes, craft ideas, and gardening lore...China Bayles has settled into the quaint Texas town of Pecan Springs, fallen in love with former homicide detective Mike McQuaid, and opened her beloved Thyme and Seasons herb shop——all while solving moreA delightful new collection of ten mysteries featuring lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles——along with a selection of her best recipes, craft ideas, and gardening lore...China Bayles has settled into the quaint Texas town of Pecan Springs, fallen in love with former homicide detective Mike McQuaid, and opened her beloved Thyme and Seasons herb shop——all while solving more than her share of mysteries. Now you can join China in ten puzzling cases——and get a taste of her world...This delightful collection also serves to please with loads of wonderful herbal tidbits on everything from rosemary to feverfew to catnip. You'll find such to-die-for dishes as a Deadly Chocolate Valentine, Ruby's Applesauce-Mint Bread, China's Five-Spice Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry, and McQuaid's Tex-Mex——and a host of creative ideas for your garden and home. It's a one-of-a-kind collection featuring a one-of-a-kind sleuth——who's worth spending some "quality thyme" with!...

Title : An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries
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ISBN : 9780425190029
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 254 Pages
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An Unthymely Death and Other Garden Mysteries Reviews

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-30 03:51

    An interesting collection of short mysteries, with a lot of glimpses into the lives of the secondary characters and townspeople not usually given as much attention in the series. I am not really into the herbalist scene and I have two black thumbs, so the side bar stuff was not really for me. Still, it made a nice quick read, since it was not a single narrative and plot line, and therefore easier to put down and pick up again. I have read a coupld of the books in the series and think it is okay, but I prefer the one written by the author and her husband under the pen name Robin Paige.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-08 08:06

    (3.5 stars) This is a collection of short stories about China Bayles and Pecan Springs. Some were originally in magazines and contain more sidebars describing herbs or recipes. While each contains a mystery, by nature of their length, these are glimpses into the world of China Bayles. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the series, realizing these are more of a “cozy” version of China and her friends. Even Khat gets to be the center of a tale. My only complaint was with the printing of my copy which had several page sections out of order.

  • Lesley
    2018-12-05 06:05

    A nice collection of short cozy mystery stories taking place in a small town in Texas! I liked the collection of recipes and what herbs are and can be used for as a nice add to the stories.

  • Cathy Houston
    2018-11-21 08:58

    the stories are good and the herb lore and receipts are in separate blocks;easier to skip if you're not interested

  • M. White
    2018-11-21 05:57

    While I am not generally a fan of short stories, I found this collection to be clever, well-written, and a satisfying taste of Mrs. Albert's talent.

  • Fredell Boston
    2018-12-06 10:06

    A great introduction to the world of China Bayles!A delightful new collection of ten mysteries featuring lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles——along with a selection of her best recipes, craft ideas, and gardening lore...China Bayles has settled into the quaint Texas town of Pecan Springs, fallen in love with former homicide detective Mike McQuaid, and opened her beloved Thyme and Seasons herb shop——all while solving more than her share of mysteries. This delightful collection also serves to please with loads of wonderful herbal tidbits on everything from rosemary to feverfew to catnip. You'll find such to-die-for dishes as a Deadly Chocolate Valentine, Ruby's Applesauce-Mint Bread, China's Five-Spice Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry, and McQuaid's Tex-Mex——and a host of creative ideas for your garden and home. It's a one-of-a-kind collection featuring a one-of-a-kind sleuth——who's worth spending some "quality thyme" with!

  • Carol
    2018-12-06 03:43

    Enjoyable snippets of China and her circle of friends and little mysteries. I am normally not a fan of short stories but these stories were not too cursory - just simple mysteries. The added joy were the more extensive herbal explanations and recipes . If you are already a China fan then this is a way to get a little herbal comfort between novels and if you are not yet introduced it is a nice introduction without too much backstory and in depth mystery.

  • Ed
    2018-11-28 03:03

    A collection of short stories related to the China Bayles series.China Bayles - SS - An unthymely death -- The khat who became a hero -- The Rosemary caper -- Ivy's wild, wonderful weeds -- Death of a rose rustler -- Mustard madness -- The pennyroyal plot -- A violet death -- A deadly chocolate valentine -- Bloom where you're planted - four previously unpublished (the rest revised from their on-line appearance), plus sidebars full of herbal lore.

  • Judy Gehman
    2018-11-19 09:47

    A bit of fluff. I guess I wouldn't have borrowed it from the library had I been careful enough to notice that it was short stories. I think mysteries are hard to do as short stories. Several of the stories were clever and the book is filled with herbal lore. How to grow it, how to harvest and care for it, and how to cook with herbs. So if you are into herbs, this is definitely a book you'd like.

  • Susan
    2018-11-23 08:46

    I'm looking for my own copy of this book...Short stories about China Bayles and her friends ... cool"An Unthymely Death" read 9/28/2016"The Khat Who Became a Hero" read 9/29/2016"The Rosemary Caper" read 9/30/2016"Ivy's Wild Wonderful Weeds" read 10/1/2016"Death of a Rose Rustler" read 10/2/2016"Mustard Madness" read 10/3/2016"The Pennyroyal Plot" read 10/4/2016"A Violet Death" read 10/7/2016"A Deadly Chocolate Valentine" read 10/8/2016"Bloom Where You're Planted" read 10/9/2016

  • Lisa
    2018-12-06 08:01

    This book of short stories based on the characters in the China Bayles mystery series (especially China and my favorite of her sidekicks, Ruby Wilcox) is milder on the violence than the books in the series and is a pleasant, fast read. It also includes some yummy-looking recipes and ideas for crafts--I'm glad I own it, because I turned down so many pages that I want to go back to for copies of recipes, etc. Albert writes well and her characters are interesting and engaging.

  • Grey853
    2018-12-07 06:06

    I like to read a novel in one sitting. Unfortunately, sometimes one just doesn't have the time to do that, so a nice collection of short stories is just the ticket. This group of stories are all set around the world of China Bayles. I particularly liked the one about the missing Khat, but there were several others that were entertaining as well. It's easy and fun reading.The book also contains lots of herbal information and some recipes for those who like that little bit of extra info.

  • Kendra
    2018-11-15 08:00

    I enjoyed visiting Pecan Springs and China Bayles in this anthology, but I wouldn't say the stories were memorable. Probably this collection would be best for those that have already read and loved some of the China Bayles full-length mysteries. I do enjoy the recipes included and reading about the histories of the herbs.

  • Ann Boytim
    2018-11-23 01:57

    A great book about China Bayles and her friend Ruby and if you have read any of the series before you kinow China gets involved in solving mysteries. China owns a Herb garden and store and Ruby her friend owns a store next door to her. Together they own a small cafe. I read the stories in this book and then went back to re read all the explanations of different herbs and recipes.

  • Laura
    2018-11-17 04:51

    Good recipes and tips for different things,from dying clothes with indigo,to making potpourri with home-grown herbs.The stories are short and silly, and the writing is done in an obvious hurry,not leaving much of a chance for character development,let alone a good mystery,but the recipes are delicious!

  • Tina Hayes
    2018-11-13 08:03

    Packed full of delicious recipes and herbal craft ideas, this collection of short stories was a joy to read. Not only does the reader get to try to solve mystries with heroine China Bayles, we also get to learn about herbs. I'm going to have to buy myself a copy of this book (I read one from the library) for the recipes and herbal information.

  • Kate
    2018-12-12 01:45

    Collection of short mysteries solved by China Bayles and her partner Ruby in the charming little town of Pecan Springs, Texas. Included are interesting recipes or details about gardens, herbs and crafts.

  • Diane
    2018-11-17 07:41

    I really enjoyed this book of short mysteries, along with the herb information and recipes. Somehow, this China Bayles book appealed to me much more than the series - I've actually only read the first book and gave up - maybe I'll give it another try.

  • Susan
    2018-11-23 02:08

    Great conversational writing style just like all the books in the China Bayles series. Nice collection of short stories and great herbal crafts, recipes, and informational tid-bits. I did miss all the details and intricate twists that made me love the full length novels to begin with.

  • Maureen
    2018-12-09 06:05

    Short stories have never been a favorite reading genre of mine. Usually I need meatier stories. However, these mini mysteries were entertaining, and I didn't feel they were missing anything. I also quite liked the asides: Recipes and herb lore.

  • Lynn
    2018-11-14 08:52

    A nice collection of visits with China and Ruby. It was a quick read, with lots of herbal trivia and a number of interesting-sounding recipes. Just what you want from a visit with two favorite friends.

  • Sandy
    2018-12-05 03:07

    I really enjoyed this book. Mixed in with the stories are recipes using herbs and the history behind many of the herbs. I love short stories and these are a mystery but very clean. For instance, one story is a mystery of losing her cat. Great read.

  • Mairi Krausse
    2018-12-09 05:10

    Very entertaining and informativeThe many stories in this book are not only good and simple mysteries, but there are tons of recipes and herbal information included! I just love China Bayles!

  • Miz Lizzie
    2018-11-22 06:56

    The mysteries are pretty easy to solve but the herb lore and atmosphere more than make up for it. This collection of cozy mystery stories would be perfectly appropriate for tween and teen readers as well.

  • Kathie H
    2018-12-03 09:53

    The premise for this series of books is great & has so much potential. SWA just is not a very good writer. I've enjoyed the herb articles she's written for Country Living Gardener (now defunct), but her novels just have mediocre writing.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-13 09:06

    paperbackswap

  • Clyde Ruth
    2018-12-08 05:46

    Short stories, interspersed w/receipes, herbal lore and facts......entertaining, as always

  • colleen
    2018-11-29 05:09

    read 12.10.07China Bayles short story collection

  • Kristin
    2018-11-14 05:11

    fun book of short stories of mysteries- not all murders. also has some interesting tidbits about herbs/gardens and some recipes. next year i plan on working on a tea garden!

  • Pat
    2018-11-30 03:04

    Stories based on her characters.Recipes.Fun stuff.