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Wormwood China Bayles #17 by Susan Wittig Albert
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425226094
Date: 07 April 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

China Bayles, her PI husband, and son are working to make her newly orphaned niece part of the family along with her custodian. China's business partners and friends are also doing their part. Still dealing with the repercussions of her half-brother's death and finding her niece, China wants to cancel her trip to Mount Zion Conference Center and Shaker Village where she's to help her friend Martha with some herbal workshops. Everyone urges China to go, relax, and have fun. It isn't until she meets with Martha that she finds there was an ulterior motive for Martha's invitation – there's something going on at the center and Martha needs China's help to uncover what's going on. But murder steps in and ups the ante on their first day.

From official release/information:

Product Description: China's friends and family are urging her to get some rest—and a Kentucky Shaker village seems the ideal place for it. At Mount Zion, China can assist with some herbal workshops—while absorbing all things Shaker, from their furniture to their peaceful ways. But the restored modern version of the village, striving to become a popular tourist attraction, is plagued with misfortune and strife— some of it the likely result of sabotage. China and her friend Martha are hoping to get to the bottom of it.

However, much like Shaker history itself, the case appears simpler at first than it is. There is tension behind the serene exterior. And after a shocking death occurs during her stay, China will plunge into the archives of another time to connect the sins of the past with a modern-day murder.

(Source: Berkley)

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