Title: Wormwood China Bayles #17 (China Bayles Mystery)
Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Tags: mystery, series, china bayles, herbs, herbalists, shakers
Susan Albert is one of those authors who cause me to give a sigh of pleasure when I open one of her books. I know I can count on a book that is deftly written, a good story, with characters I've followed over a large span of their lives.
This particular book melds the past and the present. China goes on a trip to a restored Shaker village with a friend who is a trustee of the village and who suspects the things going wrong there are no accident. The story parallels events in 1912 in the village, a few years before it shut down as a community.
Excellent story, as usual. The Shaker history is an added bonus, as are the herbal lore and recipes, though the latter is a typical feature of books in this series.
Publication Berkley Hardcover (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date 2009
ISBN 0425226093 / 9780425226094