Image of Mourning Gloria (China Bayles Mystery)

MOURNING GLORIA

Image of Mourning Gloria (China Bayles Mystery)

Albert’s China Bayles books are much better when they stick to China’s first-person point of view. This one strays off to the victims’ points of view, and when it does so the narrative may become too intense and violent for the average cozy reader. But China’s relationship with the people, animals and plants in her life are, as always, a delight.

China just happens to be driving home one evening when she passes a mobile home fire. As she calls it in, she hears a woman inside the fiery trailer crying for help. For her own peace of mind, China wants to know who the woman was and what she was doing in an otherwise empty home. When a journalism intern assigned to cover the story disappears, China is on the case. (PRIME CRIME, Apr., 320 pp., $25.95)
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