Donna held up the flyer reading aloud. "Magical Mystical Plants. Come to Ruby Wilcox's Shamanic Garden to learn about some of the many mysterious plants that have taken people on magical journeys. Tobacco, morning glories, datura, wormwood, Salvia divinorum, and many others. Garden talk by China Byles. Guided garden visit by Ruby Wilcox."Mourning Gloria (China Bayles Mystery) by Susan Wittig Albert
She raised her eyebrows. "You two aren't offering drug trips, are you? " (ch. 2)
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; (April 5, 2011)
Genre: herbal mystery
Objective rating: 3.75 out of 5
Comments: You learn not only about different plants, flowers, and their medicinal or hallucinatory effects, but you enter the world of the main character, herbalist China Bayles, owner of the herb and tea shop, Thyme and Seasons, who is also a vendor at the Pecan Springs Farmers' Market.
China is also an amateur sleuth. The plot and murder in this novel revolves around some of these hallucinogenic plants, as suggested in the clever title, Mourning Gloria. A lot of research went into the novel which is informative as well as an entertaining mystery. Garden enthusiasts will enjoy this newest in the China Bayles herbal mystery series.
Publisher's description: "While Pecan Springs bustles back to life in the warmth of spring, one woman's life is tragically brought to an end. China Bayles happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it's arson homicide.
Jessica Nelson, an intern-reporter at the local paper, is assigned to cover the story. But she's gotten herself too deeply involved. When Jessica disappears, China is determined to find her, before she becomes headlines herself."
For more on the series, visit Susan Wittig Albert's website at http://www.susanalbert.com./ Her facebook address is www.facebook.com/susan.w.albert.