Any Susan Wittig Albert fans?
Book #23 in the China Bayles book comes out April 7, 2015.
"The China Bayles Herbal Mysteries feature herbalist China Bayles, who abandoned her career as a hot-shot Houston criminal attorney to buy an herb shop in a small town located half-way between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. China wants the things that many contemporary women seek: a quieter life, rewarding work, a close relationship, friends, and community. Each of her mysteries has a signature herb that is connected to a major theme, and each is liberally sprinkled with information on growing and using herbs. The China Bayles novels have been praised for their intelligent plots, quirky and appealing characters, interesting settings, and strong writing".
I enjoy reading this series because it takes place in my neck of the woods and is fun to read about local places and history. And who wouldn't want to leave their stressful job and have an herb shop and solve mysteries like China. Well, I guess I don't know anything about herbs, so I wouldn't have that but something fun...
Book #6 of the Darling Dahlias come out Sept 2015:
The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock lady.
"The series is set in the 1930s, when times are tough, jobs are scarce, and people are worried about what lies ahead.
But the ladies of the fictional town of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their spirits up, their families fed, and their town beautiful. They belong to a garden club called "The Dahlias," which (next to Beulah's Beauty Bower, the Darling Diner, and the party line) is the most important of the town's social centers. The Dahlias have a clubhouse, a flag, an overgrown garden, and a weekly column in The Darling Dispatch, written by Miss Elizabeth Lacy. And like many other women of that era, they are experts in gardening, cooking, sewing, saving money, and making do, cheerfully. "
What I like about this series is the references to things, events, radio shows, music, food of that time that my grandparents would talk about. It is like hearing those stories again with a mystery thrown in. Also I am a big fan of the " Greater Tuna" plays. The names of the characters make me think of the characters in the Greater Tuna. :)