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Chile Death: 08/29/18
Chile Death by Susan Wittig Albert is the seventh of the China Bayles series. On the crunchy homefront, McQuaid is shot while on the job. On the mystery side of things, an obnoxious judge at a chili eating contest dies when one of the samples is tainted with peanuts. Then there's this whole other thing with a nurse who thinks one of the patients is stealing stuff at the nursing home where Mike is recovering.
The peanuts thing has been done. From the people I know with that severe of an allergy, none of them would be foolish enough to judge a cooking contest. They're skittish enough about eating at potlucks for good reason. Why put yourself at such an obvious potential risk?
Mike getting shot is a distraction from the affair plot of the Love Lies Bleeding [LINK]. China is supposed to be the loyal, all forgiving girl friend and rush to his side now that he's wounded in the line of duty. Mind you, they don't communicate well enough for his affairs to work in any sort of meaningful way. She's going to continue to be burned by him for melodramatic effect.
Beyond that I really don't remember anything. I've come to the point where I should just stop. The series hasn't held up well. I know its still on going but China is such a dated character. She's nothing but a series of clichés dressed up with herbs.