A plain vanilla murder

Susan Wittig Albert

Book - 2019

"China and Ruby Wilcox are presenting their annual ''Not Just Plain Vanilla Workshop,'' always a huge hit with customers at Thyme & Seasons Herb Shop. But someone involved with the workshop is driven by a deadly motive, and China soon finds herself teaming up with the very pregnant Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson to solve a vanilla-flavored murder. Sheila, happy to get out from behind the chief's desk, is investigating the death of a botany professor, ...a prominent researcher specializing in vanilla orchids. China is trying to help a longtime friend: the dead professor's ex-wife and a prime suspect in his murder. However, there's no shortage of other suspects: a betrayed lover, a disgruntled graduate student, jealous colleagues, and a gang of orchid smugglers. But the lethal roots of this mystery reach back into the dark tropical jungles of Mexico, where the vanilla vine was first cultivated. At stake: a lucrative plant patent, an orchid that is extinct in the wild, and the life of an innocent little girl."--Publisher description.

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Series
Albert, Susan Wittig. China Bayles mysteries ; 27.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
Bertram, Texas : Persevero Press [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes recipes.
Physical Description
284 pages : 24 cm
ISBN
9780998233208
099823320X
Main Author
Susan Wittig Albert (author)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

When China Wilcox and police chief Sheila Dawson team up to solve a botany professor's murder, their investigation is complicated by an extinct orchid and an innocent young girl.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

China Wilcox teams up with pregnant police chief Sheila Dawson to investigate the death of a botany professor, a case that is complicated by an extinct orchid and an innocent child. By the best-selling author of Queen Anne's Lace.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From Susan Wittig Albert, the New York Times best-selling author of Queen Anne's Lace, comes an intriguing new addition to her widely-acclaimed China Bayles Mysteries.  ?China and Ruby Wilcox are presenting their annual 'Not Just Plain Vanilla Workshop," always a huge hit with customers at Thyme & Seasons Herb Shop. But someone involved with the workshop is driven by a deadly motive, and China soon finds herself teaming up with the very pregnant Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson to solve a vanilla-flavored murder. Sheila, happy to get out from behind the chief's desk, is investigating the death of a botany professor, a prominent researcher specializing in vanilla orchids. China is trying to help a longtime friend: the dead professor's ex-wife and a prime suspect in his murder.  However, there's no shortage of other suspects: a betrayed lover, a disgruntled graduate student, jealous colleagues, and a gang of orchid smugglers. But the lethal roots of this mystery reach back into the dark tropical jungles of Mexico, where the vanilla vine was first cultivated. At stake: a lucrative plant patent, an orchid that is extinct in the wild, and the life of an innocent little girl.A Plain Vanilla Murder is a flavorful blend of mystery and herb lore, present sins and past secrets, and characters who are as real as your next-door neighbors'stirred together in an absorbing novel that only Susan Wittig Albert could create.