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Love Lies Bleeding (China Bayles Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: China Bayles Mystery (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Berkley Prime Crime Mass-market Ed edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425166112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425166116
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

More About the Author

I live in the Hill Country of Central Texas, on 31 acres, where I write, garden for food (passionately), raise chickens, and practice the fiber arts. I am concerned about issues of global warming, energy depletion, and food production. You can find out more about my life in my memoirs: Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place; and An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days.

I'm traditionally published as a mystery author with Berkley Prime Crime. I have two continuing series: the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries and The Darling Dahlias, about a Southern garden club in the 1930s. You might also enjoy my eight-book series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the series that my husband Bill Albert and I coauthored under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

I'm also an author-publisher. A WILDER ROSE is a novel about the mother-daughter team that produced the Little House books, based on the diaries and journals of Rose Wilder Lane and the letters of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder. (There's an extensive READER'S COMPANION for this book.) I've also published several nonfiction books under my imprint, Persevero Press.




Customer Reviews

This is the sixth book in the China Bayles Mystery Series.
Wendy Newcomb
Susan Wittig Albert is writing some very good books, and I like the China Bayles series most of all.
pvfdm
He had persistently proposed throughout their relationship but since her return had not.
Jeanne Tassotto

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Knutson on June 19, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first China Bayles mystery...I enjoyed it, reading about China and the town of Pecan Springs was a hoot. Having gardening plans and ideas strewn throughout the book was fun. Being in the legal field, I can relate to the idea of leaving it all behind and running from the city to a quiet remote little town. But somehow I think the town of Pean Springs has a lot more danger lurking around than one would think. China's friends are quirky and add spice to the background. They mystery itself kept me quessing...I will hunt up the previous China stories as well as the more current ones. Great reading for an rainy afternoon or relaxing on the beach...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2002
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Let me start of by saying China has always been one of my favorite characters. And I would love to have her back in the next installment. This China, the simpering idiot who blames herself when her boyfriend betrays her, is not the strong heroine of previous books. Bring back the real China!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "bibliofiend" on May 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The author sure thew a twist into this one. Back from her haitus at Saint T's convent, China is trying to get back into the swing on things. However, McQuaid is acting different, and China fears he is having an affair. She overhears a phone conversation between McQuaid and a woman and confronts him about it. McQuaid admits it is true, but that it is over. Also, unbeknownst to China, McQuaid is working undercover with the FBI regarding an issue with Texas Rangers. While China is trying to sort out her feelings, McQuaid is shot while working undercover on his case. We never really get to see how China would have worked things out because once she hears that McQuaid has been shot, everything else is immaterial. Not only does she totally forgive McQuaid for his affair, but she befriends the woman with whom he had the affair (an FBI agent). To top it off, she takes responsibility for the affair by saying that if she had said yes to McQuaid one of the many times he had asked her to marry him, he wouldn't have looked elsewhere. No matter how much she loves McQuaid, I have trouble equating this simpering female with the headstrong,independent China from the previous books.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2000
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Not only was the plot rather uninvolving, but our wonderfully independent heroine blames herself for her lover's infidelity! The reconciliation with her rival seems rather forced. Can you imagine a guy holding hands with his woman's younger, studlier paramor and vowing to be friends? Hah! Having said that, I am about to read the next installment, hoping that it will be back to Albert's usual stellar quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pam on November 1, 1998
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Still another stroll through the herb garden with former lawyer China Bayles and the amazing cast of characters that inhabit the imaginary town of Peacn Springs, Texas. I like the way Ms Albert strews tidbits of herb lore through this series. I recommend this and all the books in the series to anyone who enjoys curling up with a good book, a warm afghan, and a cup of hot tea.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pamela G. Hamilton on November 26, 1997
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I've been a fan of Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles seriessince the first book, "Thyme of Death." Over the course ofthe past five books, China, her significant other Mike McQuaid and all of her friends in Pecan Springs have become my friends. Her latest entry, "Love Lies Bleeding," is another page-turning mystery. Who set who up? Who murdered the ex-Texas Ranger? (This guy was no Walker, let me tell you!) There's no shortage of suspects, and I leapt from one to the other and back throughout the book. When all was revealed, everything fit together nicely, and I didn't feel Albert had cheated me in any way. I just couldn't put the clues together in the right order. What did disappoint me was the somewhat downbeat ending. Without giving too much away, the future of China's relationship with McQuaid is certainly up in the air -- and now I have to wait for the next book to find out how this one actually ends. Ugh! And an even bigger "Ugh" goes to McQuaid himself. I had thought more of him -- like many series characters, McQuaid has become quite "real" -- and I feel like he's almost cheated on me! He certainly let me down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on August 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
China Bayles is back from a retreat at a monastery and is debating with herself about the future of her herb shop. Should she give it up and move on to something else? Should she add a tearoom and hire someone to run it? One thing that becomes clear to her is her devotion to her live-in lover Mike McQuaid, and China is considering making their relationship a permanent one. In the middle of these personal questions, she begins an investigation into the death of former Texas Ranger, Roy Adcock. His death appears to be a suicide, but China thinks it may be murder instead. During the course of her investigation, she begins to have doubts about her relationship with McQuaid, as well as her investigative skills. Adcock's death becomes complicated when it appears that he had a connection with a notorious drug lord, and China goes up a lot of blind alleys before she finally discovers who is guilty in this case. Her private life also ends on an uncertain note and the future of her relationship with McQuaid is up in the air. It appears that readers need to read the next book, to find out how it turns out!
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