Dead Man's Bones

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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 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. Some of her recent titles include" Widow s Tears," " Cat s Claw," " The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose," and "The Tale of Castle Cottage." She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as "Death at Glamis Castle "and "Death at Whitechapel.""