Title Profile & Character Information

Widow's Tears

Annotation
Herbalist and ex-lawyer China Bayles is "in a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum."* In Widow's Tears, a haunted house may hold the key to solving the murder of one of China's friends...

After losing her husband, five children, housekeeper, and beautiful home in the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Rachel Blackwood rebuilt her home, and later died there, having been driven mad with grief.

In present-day Texas, Claire, the grand niece of Rachel's caretaker, has inherited the house and wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast. But she is concerned that it's haunted, so she calls in her friend Ruby--who has the gift of extrasensory perception--to check it out.

While Ruby is ghost-hunting, China Bayles walks into a storm of trouble in nearby Pecan Springs. A half hour before she is to make her nightly deposit, the Pecan Springs bank is robbed and a teller is shot and killed.


Before she can discover the identity of the killers, China follows Ruby to the Blackwood house to discuss urgent business. As she is drawn into the mystery of the haunted house, China opens the door on some very real danger...

*Publishers Weekly



Characters
NameBayles, China
GenderFemale
OccupationsShop owner
 Herbalist
TraitsMarried
Stepmother

NameMcQuaid, Mike
GenderMale
OccupationsProfessor
 Private investigator
TraitsRemarried
Father

NameWilcox, Ruby
GenderFemale
OccupationShop owner
TraitPsychic

GenreFiction
Mystery
    --Women sleuths
    --Paranormal
    --Cozy
Suspense
Southern fiction
TopicsHerbalists
Small town life
Family tragedy
Hurricanes
Family histories
Inheritance
Haunted houses
Bank robbery
Grief
Psychic abilities
Psychics
Communication with the dead
SettingTexas


Series
  China Bayles mystery
1Thyme of death
2Witches' bane
3Hangman's root
4Rosemary remembered
5Rueful death
6Love lies bleeding
7Chile death
8Lavender lies
9Mistletoe man
10Bloodroot
11Indigo dying
An Unthymely death (collection)
12A Dilly of a death
13Dead man's bones
14Bleeding hearts
15Spanish dagger
16Nightshade
17Wormwood
18Holly blues
19Mourning gloria
20Cat's claw
21Widow's tears
22Death comes quickly
23Bittersweet
24Blood orange
25The Last chance olive ranch
26Queen Anne's lace