Spanish Dagger

Spanish Dagger
by Susan Wittig Albert
(Berkley, $23.95)
There are several reasons that I like the China Bayles mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert. One is the herb lore that I learn through reading the book. I’m not a gardener (as some of you know) but I do enjoy reading about it.

Another reason is the Texas setting. My mom, sister, etc. live near Austin. The setting for the fictitious Pecan Springs, setting for the mysteries, is supposed to be near there — in the hill country which is a beautiful part of Texas.

Mostly I like her stories. This one starts with a murder and possible drug dealing. Susan plays fair with her readers. We get all the clues that China has but I never seem to beat China through the unraveling of the crime. This one was a good one.

By the way, this book brings in a new character — one I hope to see in further books set in Pecan Springs. Can’t tell you who it is because I’ll give away some of the story but I’ll tell you that he can be mean and ferocious or sweet and loving. (grin)

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