Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones

By Susan Wittig Albert

Berkley Publishing Group, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780425204252, 291pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2006

"Susan Wittig Albert's exciting mysteries have been praised as unique (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) and fascinating (Booklist). Now, a dead man's bones are uncovered and Texas ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles must dig into a pair of murders separated by time but connected by motive "

When China's teenage son finds some skeletal remains during a local cave dig remains that show a not-so-accidental death it's a disturbing development. But China doesn t let it distract her from the opening of the new community theater donated by the elderly Obermann sisters. Unfortunately, the haughty, bullying Jane Obermann and her frail, frightened younger sister made the donation with a condition: that the first production be a play written by Jane about their aristocratic family history.

The premiere party ends with a bang when a ne er-do-well local handyman is shot dead by Jane while breaking into the Obermann estate. It seems like a clear-cut case of self-defense. But China senses something else going on behind the scenes. Now, the key to catching a killer might be the mysterious bones in the cave a clue from the past that could help China solve a mystery in the present

About the Author
Susan Wittig Albert grew up in Illinois, earned her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and served as an English professor and university administrator at the University of Texas, Tulane University, and Texas State University. A New York Times bestselling author, she has written over fifty mysteries in four different series, as well as other adult fiction, nonfiction, and books for young adults. She lives with her husband, Bill, on thirty-one acres in the Texas Hill Country, where she writes, reads, and pursues her other passions: gardening, raising chickens, and doing needlework. She is the founder of the Story Circle Network, an international organization dedicated to helping women tell their stories.