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Holly Blues (China Bayles Mystery) by Susan Wittig Albert
Cover Artist: Joe Burleson
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425232606
Date: 06 April 2010 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

China Bayles is looking forward to having a great Christmas this year. Money is tight, but this is the first Christmas since receiving guardianship of Caitlin, the daughter of China's half-brother. China and Mike are also having a big party for all their neighbors and friends. At least that was the plan until Mike got offered a job to take a deposition and, while he was out of state, his ex-wife showed up at China's shop claiming to be broke and without a car or place to live. We just know this can't be good.

From official release/information:

Product Description: "In a class with...sleuths V.I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum," China Bayles deals with a most unwelcome guest...
China Bayles is fit to spit when her husband's troubled ex-wife, Sally, shows up at her herb shop, claiming to be broke with nowhere else to turn. China isn't sure if it's the goodness of her heart or the scent of Christmas wreaths, but she invites Sally to stay.

Then China starts receiving menacing calls from an "ex" of Sally's, who seems to have a connection to the murder of her parents nearly a decade ago. With her P.I. husband out of town, it's up to China to weed out the truth behind whatever it is Sally's running from before danger catches up to all of them....

(Source: Berkley)

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