Best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert is especially beloved for creating herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles, hailed by Publishers Weekly as “in a class with lady sleuths V.I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum.” In Widow’s Tears, China has urgent business to discuss with Ruby, a friend gifted with extrasensory perception. Meeting Ruby at a supposedly haunted house, China soon uncovers a mystery that may be linked to a deadly robbery that very night.
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I think I enjoyed listening to the book more than I would have if I read it. The voices add intrigue and suspense.
Yes. I loved the ghost story. I also enjoyed the story of the Galveston Hurricane although it was tragic. The story line in Pecan Springs was interesting too.
I do like China but in this book, it is Ruby's story. Ruby was my favorite. I l also liked Claire, Ruby's friend and Rachel who is the centerpiece of the historical story. Even Ruby's disagreeable sister Ramona was a good character.
The ghost in your house may be here to stay.
I liked all the China Bayles mysteries but this is definitely one of my favorites.
I hope you do not start with this book in the series. Definately not my favorite, maybe because I already know the stories of that hurricane and do not like ghost stories ( really don't) The rest of the series is great.
Although this would make a fine "stand alone" story, the pleasure is so much greater if China and Ruby are your old friends, as they are mine. I've missed them and eagerly await each new release. If you're looking for a cozy mystery series to "make friends with", I highly recommend China Bayles.
The mystery of the old Victorian home out in the middle of the woods with the strange happenings is both intriguing and heartbreaking.
Like China, I'm not a great fan of "other worldliness", but the book is written in such a way that Ruby's gift seems absolutely normal for her. The history of the 1900 Galveston hurricane was fascinating to me and I love the way the author wove actual historical facts about this disaster in with the mystery. It has led to my doing more reading on the subject.
(Note: I gave the performance only 4 stars as I did not care for Ms. Hallet's reading. I'm sure that's simply personal preference. I'm used to Ms. Gibson's "Ruby" and it was difficult for me to hear Ruby with a different voice.) JB
One of my all time favourite audio books. As a Canadian I didn't know about the Galveston Hurricane until reading this book. If you're a history and ghost story buff - this book is absolutely fantastic.
Two mysteries in one. The modern day mystery of the haunted house, intertwined with the telling of a tragic and frightening story of the hurricane made for a gripping story start to finish.
Morgan Hallett's somewhat subdued delivery was perfect for the time period.
Ruby's conclusions about her own life were a lovely ending to the story.
Having China's logical mind as a foil to Ruby's otherworldly intuitive spirit always works well as a story telling device in these books but especially in this case because Ruby is so hesitant to get involved and China is brought face to face with spooky happenings she cannot logic away.
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