Thyme of Death

Thyme of Death

A Mystery Introducing China Bayles

Book - 1992
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Eager to open up an herb shop and get closer to the earth, China Bayles leaves behind her career in corporate law and moves to Pecan Springs, Texas, but a close friend's tragic death could end her happy plans

Blackwell North Amer
China Bayles has it all - a prestigious Houston law practice, money, power - but it's not enough. She's smart, she's tough, she's confident, and she knows she wants something more out of life than the fast track offers.
Something like the Thyme and Seasons herb shop in Pecan Springs, Texas. Realizing that her career is turning her into somebody she doesn't like, China does what many people only dream of doing: She relocates to a small town to begin a new and, she hopes, a gentler, more fulfilling life.
But even in Pecan Springs, evil can occur among ordinary people living everyday lives. China soon learns that while she can move from the city, she can't escape the world of moral choice.
When China's good friend, Jo Gilbert, apparently commits suicide, China is more than puzzled. Jo had been suffering from a terminal disease, but wasn't the type to take her own life. And, to a lawyer like China, some revealing letters that Jo leaves behind shout blackmail and murder, not suicide. But why would anybody want to kill a woman who will die soon anyway? And what about the scent of perfume in Jo's house?
When another mysterious death occurs, China is sure she's dealing with homicide. Helped by her best friend, New-Ager Ruby Wilcox, and with support from lover Mike McQuaid, a former-cop-turned-professor, China follows a trail of greed and fear to discover some unsettling answers.
Thyme of Death marks the memorable debut of one of the most original and appealing new female sleuths to come along in years. Readers will identify with China Bayles as she makes the kind of tough decisions that confront us all.

Baker
& Taylor

Eager to open up an herb shop and get closer to the earth, China Bayles leaves behind her career in corporate law and moves to Pecan Springs, Texas, but a close friend's tragic death could end her happy plans.

Publisher: New York : Scribner's ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992
ISBN: 9780684195223
0684195224
Characteristics: 260 p. ; 24 cm

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hiking1957
Jan 01, 2013

Well, I have to say I really enjoyed this book, but I figured that I would. I had to wait a while to get this one from the library but it was worth it. I love the characters and am looking forward to their continued development.

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charmed04
Jul 26, 2011

This is one of the best series I've read since Rex Stouts, Nero Wolfe. The first book is a bit slow but each one gets better and better. I especially like the recipes, learning about the different herbs, and how to plant a garden. The on going story of all the characters is also great.

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japandemonium
Jul 26, 2011

Had trouble getting into this one, but after I got past the first chapter, it was enjoyable. Not bad for my first ever mystery.

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