Author Susan Wittig Albert turns up the suspense in her 18th China Bayles mystery. Just as the holiday season begins, so does the drama, when China's husband’s ex-wife, Sally, appears, begging for help and a place to stay. ’Tis the season of giving, so China opens her home to Sally. But when troubling phone calls start, China knows she’ll need to dig up the truth before Christmas turns deadly.
Crack another case with China Bayles.
©2010 Susan Wittig Albert (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
I wanted to like this book. I was pleased to have discovered a new series of "cozy" mysteries. Sadly, I will not be buying another China Bayles novel. I found the characters' reactions to be unbelievable at times. At the end of the book, China reflects that despite all the problems attendant on her Christmas season, it had turned out to be a wonderful family holiday, after all. This is after several murders, one of whom was a close friend of the family. Merely one of several instances of poor character exposition. And the writing was occasionally bad enough to make me laugh. Goodbye, China Bayles.
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