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Love Lies Bleeding: 07/11/18

Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert is the sixth China Bayles mystery. It follows immediately after the retreat to the monastery in Rueful Death. China is ready to say yes to McQuaid but overhears a conversation that sounds a lot like he's having an affair.

China's case is the apparent suicide by a retired Texas Ranger. More importantly, why did he marry his second wife, a woman with a criminal history that's as long as a CVS receipt?

Each book in this series has two distinct parts: China's personal life and the murder mystery. I've read these books for the mystery. I can't relate to China. I don't care about her romantic life or her piss poor personal decisions.

So for this book, I liked the mystery. I liked how China unwrapped the supposed suicide. I liked how the herb, love lies bleeding, worked into the mystery. For the mystery itself I've rated the book four stars.

If, however, you're reading for the romance you'll probably want to toss this book across the room. That seems to be the general consensus. McQuaid is an ass because he doesn't tell China that he's seeing another woman. It's not the act itself, it's the lack of communication.

Four stars

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