The latest captivating China Bayles
mystery takes readers into a Shaker community, past and present. Albert expertly weaves together a present-day mystery with the events of a past crime as readers eagerly await the clues that will solve both mysteries. Rich historical details and interesting journal entries add authenticity to the Shakers' lives.
Lawyer turned herb shop owner China agrees to accompany her friend Martha to the Mount Zion Shaker community, currently a popular tourist destination. A board member of the community's foundation, Martha is concerned about developments at the village, including a recent barn burning. When the foundation's accountant reveals she's uncovered missing stocks, then winds up dead, China realizes someone is dead serious about keeping the theft under wraps.
Back in 1912, the Shaker community is coping with the hardships of maintaining their way of life when an awful crime transforms its members forever. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Apr., 320 pp., $24.95)