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on May 6, 2002
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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on March 22, 2015
This book has ruined the seies for me and I think I might not be able to continue with it. A smart, sophisticated, independent woman is changed into someone who blames herself for her boyfriend's affair. And someone the fact that she didn't want to get married is his lame ass excuse? She lives with the guy, helps him with his kid and is dedicated to him and that's not enough for this 'hero'? He needs some old fashion wedding? And then she's friends with a woman who he slept with? Ugh. I lost respect for China in this book. And McQuaid is no longer 'a great guy' that he was supposedly, in my eyes.
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VINE VOICEon October 16, 2012
This is the sixth book in the CHINA BAYLES series of cozy mysteries.

China has returned from her retreat to St. Teresa's convent (RUEFUL DEATH) refreshed and with a new sense of purpose. She is ready to marry McQuaid, her long time boyfriend and current housemate. He had persistently proposed throughout their relationship but since her return had not. China thought that perhaps he was waiting for Valentine's Day, which was rapidly approaching, to try again. She was shocked though when she accidentally overheard a phone conversation between McQuaid and a woman which made it clear that there was definitely something going on. The shock made China rethink her priorities, as she decided that her business and even the occasional sleuthing that she and her best friend Ruby undertook were secondary to her family, McQuaid and his son, Brian. Even the suicide under questionable circumstances that Ruby was urging her to look into could not change her focus. Only when all the various projects, work - investigation and McQuaid's extra curricular activities were all revealed to be connected did China begin to look at the bigger picture. The question that remained though was had she left it too late?

This is a long running series that, like most series cozies, focuses more on the on going stories of the recurring characters than the mystery aspect. The earlier novels have all struck a good balance in these elements, just enough of the on going 'subplot' of the China/McQuaid romance, bits of recurring characters' stories, and hints of some underlying events in China's past that keep the reader returning to the series to find out more. The mysteries have some interesting little twists but by in large the reader will probably have solved at least part of the problems ahead of China. In this one though the balance is a bit skewed. The focus is very much on the China/McQuaid relationship and the whole story is much darker, even the on going story arc which is usually much lighter is gritty and at times depressing in this one. In addition there are some scenes, late in the book, that are so unrealistic that they detract from the story. Even the ending is at odds from what this reader has come to expect from this series.

Do not begin this series with this one. Start instead at the beginning, THYME OF DEATH and proceed in order as much as possible. Even though this is the weakest link in the chain (so far at least) fans of the series will not want to skip it since it does cover some huge plot changes but it hopefully is not an indication of where the rest of the series is headed.
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on February 8, 2016
Love Lies Bleeding is the 6th book in the China Bayles mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert. I have to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as the preceding ones and found it slightly disappointing, but it is certainly a page-turner.

In terms of background, China, our protagonist, decided to leave Houston and settle in Pecan Springs after becoming disillusioned with life as a criminal defence lawyer. She puts all her savings into purchasing a store ('Thyme and Seasons') where she can grow and sell her herbs. The details about the herbs are fascinating and as someone who loves growing things, I find it really appealing!

**Mini Spoiler**

In this book China's relationship with McQuaid features heavily and unfortunately he cheats on her. I found this a bit difficult to stomach, but what I found even harder to deal with is the reaction of her friends who were rather unsympathetic! So what if China has been reluctant to marry him? They have been together for 5 years and live together! I also found China's reaction somewhat unfathomable.

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In addition to China's relationship woes she becomes involved in investigating the apparent suicide of an ex Texas Ranger. The mystery is a pretty good one and the ending is heart-rending. I do like this series a lot and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

**** Books in the series ****

1. Thyme of Death
2. Witches' Bane
3. Hangman's Root
4. Rosemary Remembered
5. Rueful Death
6. Love Lies Bleeding
7. Chile Death
8. Lavender Lies
9. Mistletoe Man
10. Bloodroot
11. Indigo Dying
12. A Dilly of a Death
13. Dead Man's Bones
14. Bleeding Hearts
15. Spanish Dagger
16. Nightshade
17. Wormwood
18. Holly Blues
19. Mourning Gloria
20. Cat's Claw
21. Widow's Tears
22. Death Come Quickly
23. Bittersweet
24. Blood Orange
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on January 22, 1999
The book was greatly written and I understand that you have to have lots of experiences to keep your character interesting, BUT, I can't believe the whole McQuaid thing. The situation itself had promise, but the way China handled it was not true to her character, I thought. She just curled up and pouted. There is no way what he did was equal to her reluctance to commit. What's next, Mike beating China up and her blaming herself for it? A character with flaws is one thing, stupidity is another. I hope China recovers some self-respect in the next book.
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on September 5, 1999
This is the first China Bayles novel. I must say that the mystery was good. I had a hard time with personal side of China. Not only does she blame herself for what happens, her friends blame her as well. I can't believe that the desciptions say that China is a strong woman - not after reading this book. I may read the prequels to this book; however, I will have a hard time buying the sequels.
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