China Bayles and Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson team up to solve a vanilla-flavored murder.
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.
China and Ruby meet a former resident of Pecan Springs and delve into an intriguing mystery from the long-ago past.
China Bayles and Mike McQuaid spend an unsettling weekend settling a few old scores.
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.
The Storm of the Century helps Ruby find the key to the very special gift she inherited from her grandmother.
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 her friend Martha Edmond visit a Kentucky Shaker village and are pulled into a deadly crime and a bitter history of loss.
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.
The bones in a cave have a story to tell, and hold a clue from the past that could help China solve an urgent mystery in the present.
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.
What’s Christmas without mistletoe? What’s life without Ruby? Join China as she faces both of these difficult questions.
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.
China learns about forgiveness and discovers some hard truths about her own limitations. Grace, forgiveness, and the mystery of community.
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.
China Bayles has fulfilled her dream of having her own herb shop. Will murder be her first customer?
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!