The China Bayles series is an old friend, I started reading the first book in 1992 and watch each year for the next installment. Each book has brought me additional knowledge on a herb and a good read as I follow China and Ruby throughout their lives. They have been good friends that I would not, want to miss. This book brought my attention to the herb Vanilla. I did not realize that vanilla came from a plant even when I was buying it on our trips to Mexico each year. That vanilla is all gone now. It is time for China and Ruby's annual highly popular vanilla workshop. And China shows the pictures she took on a college trip to see the vanilla beans harvested. Meanwhile, Police Chief Sheila who is pregnant is called to the college campus in a possible murder being passed as suicide. China breaks her vow of not using her lawyer personality to side a close friend who is in trouble and aids Sheila. There are plenty of suspects and Sheila is able to find an answer. There are some minor subplots so we know what other friends are doing. Ruby's daughter, Amy and her partner want another baby. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. Recipes are included. Disclosure: Thanks to Persevero for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
I love cozies like this that are fun, but you can learn something too. I really should give this series a try.
I didn’t know that vanilla came from a plant. I just never thought about it.
You can read them as standalones. A lot of uses for herbs in them. The plots are great and they get better as the as her writing has improved over the years. I suspect you can find them in many libraries.
Ooh…. this looks good Betty. I may check out this series.
This series is a favorite. I may averaged books in the paperback edition.
Okay. They are a bit pricey on the kindle.
The price doesn’t surprise me as is a very popular writer. Most libraries may carry the series.
I’m going to have to check for that. Or inexpensive second hand copies.
Good luck in finding them.😃
At least they are not $12 and up as some of the well-known authors like Donna Andrews and David Rosenfelt
True! Some series I can’t even think to start as it would be too expensive to catch up! 😄
I found one today that kindle would be almost eighteen dollars and the hardback close to nineteen.
Ebooks are changing the way we read books and listen to them. I consider audio books as not reading a book. I feel audio is like radio, I knew rowing up.
Ah yes, like the ‘shows’ they used to have on the radio.