Once nearly a ghost town, the small Texas burg of Indigo has enjoyed a revival thanks to a dedicated group of artisans. But its future is jeopardized when Casey Ford, the owner of most of the town property, threatens to sell his mineral rights to a strip-mining company.
China Bayles comes to Indigo to teach a workshop, but finds herself embroiled in an investigation when Casey is found dead.
A charming read, INDIGO DYING leads the reader lightly into the world of Texas's Hill Country. Albert has a gift for deft and deceptively simple characterization. This book should please both old fans and newcomers to the seriesdespite some early slow-pacing. (Jan., 320 pp., $22.95)