Queen Anne's Lace

Series: China Bayles, Book 26
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A present day ghost leads China Bayles to a secret from Pecan Springs's past in this haunting mystery from New York Times best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert.

While helping Ruby Wilcox clean up the loft above their shops, China comes upon a box of antique handcrafted lace and old photographs. Following the discovery, she hears a woman humming an old Scottish ballad and smells the delicate scent of lavender....

Soon, strange happenings start to occur in Thyme and Seasons: misplaced items, a ringing bell, and the appearance of lavender sprigs in odd places. When a customer mentions seeing a mysterious woman picking flowers nearby and then suddenly disappearing, China must finally admit what Ruby has always known - their building is haunted. But by whom?

As China investigates, the tragic story of a woman in one of the old photographs unfolds. Annie Laurie was a young widow who'd lost both her husband and her child in the same day. She manages to survive through her lace-making business and finds happiness again only to have a suspicious death overshadow her new life.

China delves into Annie's century-old mystery and realizes that solving it could have unimaginable repercussions in the here and now.

©2018 Susan Wittig Albert (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Interesting and complex

What did you love best about Queen Anne's Lace?

I liked the complexity of the story. The author skillfully weaves the stories from different eras. I also learned a great deal of history that was not in standard history books.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Most books that have been made into films disappointment me so I would rather just have the book.

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A new favorite!

You might think after several books in a series, the characters or stories might become a bit boring ..... not if you're following China and Ruby. A wonderful story that makes you think about the many twists and turns our lives take. There's a bit of romance, mystery, gardening, friendship, and more. Ms. Gibson IS China Bayles and again does a beautiful narration as does Ms.Stephens. If you are not familiar with China and Pecan Springs, I encourage you to listen to the entire series. JB

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Another winner from Susan Albert!

I have enjoyed all of this series, but I love the differences in this book. Switching time periods and narrators made the audio version particularly enjoyable. I was intrigued with the history of lace making woven through the story.

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Queen Anne's Lace

China Bayles is at it again. These stories are like visiting with a good friend. This with a ghostly twinge

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Wish it were longer

Great book and naration. Loved the story. Only criticism is it ended in a way I felt was abruptly. Usually Ms. Albert gives us more information after the denouement.

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