China Bayles’ latest adventure takes her to the mountains of North Carolina, where her friend Dorothea Harper serves as the director and curator of the Hemlock House Library, a priceless collection of rare gardening books housed in a haunted mountainside mansion.
China Bayles Mysteries
The China Bayles Herbal Mysteries feature herbalist China Bayles, who abandoned her career as a hot-shot Houston criminal attorney to open an herb shop in a small town located half-way between Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
China wants the things that many contemporary women seek: a quieter life, rewarding work, a close relationship, friends, and community.
Each of her mysteries has a signature herb that is connected to a major theme, and each is liberally sprinkled with information on growing and using herbs. The China Bayles novels have been praised for their intelligent plots, quirky and appealing characters, interesting settings, and strong writing.
Coming September 7, 2021: Hemlock, Book 28.
China Bayles and Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson team up to solve a vanilla-flavored murder.
China and Ruby meet a former resident of Pecan Springs and delve into an intriguing mystery from the long-ago past.
China comes to the aid of a nurse who ends up in the hospital and uncovers a complex case of fraud and murder…
This Thanksgiving, be grateful for China Bayles—who teams up with a game warden friend to solve a complex case of theft and murder.
An artful crime and a crafty criminal teach China Bayles and her friends that death comes in many colors.
Police chief Sheila Dawson and China get snagged by several thorny mysteries. Life (and death) in Pecan Springs is never dull.
When a reporter gets involved too deeply with a story and disappears, China must find her–before she becomes headlines.
Bad-Penny Sally, McQuaid’s irrepressible ex, turns up in Pecan Springs–and turns a green Christmas blue.
China and McQuaid team up to solve a mystery and put an old family skeleton (and a very fresh corpse) to rest.
What happens when Ruby falls in love with a cloak-and-dagger man with a past life full of secrets?
The wrong kind of love leads to bleeding hearts, ruined lives, desperate fear—and murder.
A dilly of a mystery, especially if you like pickles. And even if you don’t, you’re sure to smile (and maybe hiss) at China’s pickle jokes.
Colors to Dye For, a deep-dyed mystery, and a true-blue China & Ruby collaboration that helps to save historic Indigo from destruction.
Bloodroot takes China on a difficult journey into her past, and into the bloody roots of her family’s Southern history.
China and McQuaid are finally getting married. Or are they? Mystery, murder, and a wet ‘n’ wild wedding.
A chile cookoff in Pecan Springs–the perfect setup for a murder. A firecracker of a mystery. Hot stuff, folks!
China discovers that the roots of avarice, ambition, and desire run deep. When even good cops go bad, it’s time to learn a tough lesson in love.
Something about the murder of an accountant just doesn’t add up for China Bayles.
A mystery with an attitude. Animal rights, academic politics, and murder—a potent mix that’s sure to brew up a pot of trouble.
China and Ruby discover that the supernatural isn’t funny, and that Halloween can call up a terrifying brand of evil.
Herbal recipes, crafts, gardening tips, remedies, and more. Make this special volume your very own personal calendar.
These are the China Bayles short mysteries originally written for the Country Living Gardener web site, complete with recipes, crafts, herb lore, and other herbal goodies!