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By Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert’s intriguing mysteries were praised as “unique” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) and “fascinating” (Booklist). Now, a useless man’s bones are uncovered—and Texas ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles needs to dig right into a pair of murders separated through time yet attached by means of motive…

When China’s teenage son reveals a few skeletal is still in the course of a neighborhood cave dig—remains that exhibit a not-so-accidental death—it’s a hectic improvement. yet China doesn’t allow it distract her from the outlet of the recent neighborhood theater donated via the aged Obermann sisters. regrettably, the haughty, bullying Jane Obermann—and her frail, nervous more youthful sister—made the donation with a : that the 1st creation be a play written through Jane approximately their aristocratic kinfolk history.

The most appropriate social gathering ends with a bang while a ne’er-do-well neighborhood handyman is shot useless by way of Jane whereas breaking into the Obermann property. it sort of feels like a simple case of self-defense. yet China senses anything else occurring behind the curtain. Now, the most important to catching a killer will be the mysterious bones within the cave—a clue from the prior that can aid China remedy a secret within the present…

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The way in which she died, China. There’s something—” She swallowed audibly. “I don’t recognize. I’ll need to take into consideration this a few extra, i suppose. ” I paused, interpreting among the traces and guessing at what she didn’t consider in a position to say. “What form of toxicology assessments are usually performed at post-mortem, Helen? ” “Oh, gosh, I . . . I wouldn’t know,” Helen acknowledged, sounding uncharacteristically flustered. “That’s out of my region, I’m afraid. ” “Did health care professional Mackey order any detailed assessments? ” “I don’t understand that, both. I couldn’t fairly ask, you know,” she additional hesitantly. “That kind of factor is the doctor’s company completely. And whereas health professional Mackey is especially great, I don’t imagine she’d love it if I butted in. It wouldn’t be . . . expert, you recognize. ” i presumed again over what she had acknowledged. Nausea, belly ache, cardiac dysrhythmia, hypotension— “Helen, do you be mindful this system you gave final 12 months on plant poisons? ” Helen sighed. “I was once deliberating that, really. yet I hate to indicate that—” She stopped. I imagined her with the telephone in her hand, her friendly face screwed right into a frightened frown, her decrease lip stuck among her enamel. “You comprehend what I mean,” she stated finally. “I will be fired for anything like this. ” “I understand there’s a threat. yet you should percentage your suspicious, Helen. If the post-mortem is handled as regimen, it will possibly no longer comprise checking out via a forensic toxicologist—at least, no longer the type of checks that may be essential to determine plant poisons. you recognize these things higher than many toxicologists, I’ll guess. in case you may well recommend particular possibilities—” “I feel i'll make a list,” Helen stated doubtfully. “But then what? i actually don’t imagine I will be the only to . . . ” Her voice trailed away. I paused. I don’t frequently step again into my legal professional mode, yet this used to be one celebration the place it appeared like a good suggestion. “If you’ll provide me an inventory of the plant fabrics that would have triggered this type of response, I’ll consult health care professional Mackey, very first thing within the morning. that may retain you out of it. ” i used to be momentarily blissful that I had simply renewed my bar club. at the least I wouldn’t be mendacity while I advised the health professional that i used to be a lawyer—not that it is going to clarify my nosiness. I’d need to reflect on one other clarification. “Oh, China, might you? ” Helen sounded significantly relieved. “I have all my examine fabrics right here. I’ll wade through the record of chances instantaneously. Do you've got a fax computing device? i may fax it to you. ” “Sure,” I acknowledged, and gave her the quantity. “I don’t imagine the fax machines will paintings until eventually the ability is again on, though,” I further. “Oh, correct. ” Helen gave a bit chuckle. “I forgot all concerning the strength. Thank heaven the telephone isn’t out, too. i suppose the telephone corporation should have backup turbines, just like the hospital’s. ” i used to be putting up the telephone while Ruby got here again into the kitchen. “That was once Helen Berger,” I stated. “She’s the cost nurse on the medical institution. She used to be calling approximately Florence Obermann. ” “Oh? ” Ruby placed her candle at the desk and sat down. “I’ve been brooding about that ever because you advised me, China, and I’m an increasing number of sure that there’s anything incorrect.

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