NoBODY: A Novella – Crystal Cave Series Book 1

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“Another truly riveting read for dedicated mystery buffs by a true master of the genre.”
Midwest Book Review

Ruby Wilcox has a gift for seeing things that others can’t…

Owner of the Crystal Cave, Pecan Springs’ only New Age shop, Ruby has always tried to downplay her psychic gift—until she experiences a horrifying nightmare that just won’t stop. Again and again, she dreams that a woman is abducted on the hike-and-bike trail. She knows that the victim is in deadly danger.

Prodded by her friend and partner, China Bayles, Ruby goes to the police—only to learn that her dream has already become far too real. A woman has just been reported missing from the trail. Police chief Sheila Dawson puts Detective Ethan Connors in charge of this no-body case.

But Connors is a skeptic who is convinced that all psychics are frauds. And Ruby herself still has plenty of doubts. What will she have to do to prove to Detective Connors—and to herself—that her gift can be trusted?

Available now in digital, forthcoming in audio and print.

Praise from NetGalley, Goodreads, & Amazon Reviewers

“Susan Wittig Albert’s long-running China Bayles mystery series is wonderful for many things, one of them being its well-imagined sense of place and community in the fictional town of Pecan Springs, Texas. In this new novella trilogy, the author expands that known world enormously, focusing fully on another character from Pecan Springs, China’s business partner and friend, Ruby Wilcox. Unlike China’s pragmatic and logical approach, Ruby has always been emotional and intuitive. Now, in NoBODY, we learn along with Ruby about her developing psychic abilities, as she reluctantly uses them to assist someone in danger.”

“We always knew Ruby Wilcox was an interesting friend and partner to China Bayles. Now we get to see Ruby star in her own mysterious adventures as her psychic personality helps her solve crimes. This first novella in the series is intriguing, believable, and features characters we love from China’s mysteries. Cannot wait to read more of Ruby’s stories.”

“LOVED this novella featuring Ruby from the China Bayles series! It had all the page-turning elements of Susan’s mysteries in a short, satisfying read for a rainy Saturday morning.”

“I have looked for stories about Ruby to flesh out the partnership she has with China and this is a ‘dilly’ of a beginning.”