This Thanksgiving, be grateful for the "savvy sleuthing"* of New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles-who teams up with an old friend to solve a case of theft and murder in a South Texas ranching community…
For Thanksgiving, China is planning to visit her mother, Leatha, and her mother's husband, Sam. She's also looking forward to catching up with a friend, game warden Mackenzie "Mack" Chambers. But Leatha calls with bad news: Sam has had a heart attack.
While Sam recuperates, Leatha does have a helper-Sue Ellen Krause. But Sue Ellen-who's leaving her husband, the assistant foreman at a trophy game ranch-has troubles of her own. Before she can tell China the full story, Sue Ellen is killed in a car crash.
When a local veterinarian is shot, Mack believes his murder could be related to fawns stolen from a nearby ranch. And China wonders if Sue Ellen's death may not have been an accident, and if there's a connection to the stolen animals...
Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige. The Alberts live near Austin, Texas.