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by Susan Wittig Albert

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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The 15th book in Albert's series is a fascinating look into what happens when China Bayles ends up embroiled in a police investigation. She's a likable character, even if she does take foolhardy and unnecessary risks at times. Unfortunately, her stepson, Brian, isn't in this novel, but it does leave more room for "Smart Cookie," aka chief of police Sheila Dawson, who is so interesting and complex she could carry her own book.

Herb shop owner China Bayles finds out that Colin Fowler, her best friend's on-again, off-again lover, has been murdered. Colin had always been mysterious, so it's not a huge shock to find out that he may have been working undercover. China decides to help out the police, who
are stretched too thin, at the request of her friend. But China doesn't plan on catching the attention of someone who wants to cover up their misdoings in any way possible. (Berkley Prime Crime, Apr., 320 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed By: Robyn Glazer

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Published: April 2007

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