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Rosemary Remembered (China Bayles #4)

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China confronts her most intriguing case yet when she finds Rosemary Robbins, a woman with an unsettling resemblance to her, murdered in a pick-up truck. The local police discover that Rosemary's fiance is on the lam in Mexico City and focus on him as the main suspect. Meanwhile, China takes the advice of a psychic and finds the killer close to home.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 1995)
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Maddy
Jul 28, 2013 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2002-reads
China Bayles was a criminal defense attorney in a big Houston law firm. As she approached 40, she began to have moral twinges about her work, the fact that most of the people that she was working to free were guilty. She resigned and moved to Pecan Springs, TX, where she bought a small herb shop, Thyme and Seasons. The shop is adjoined by the Crystal Cave, a New Age venture run by her best friend, Ruby Wilcox. China recently began to live with her cop lover, Mike McQuaid and his 11-year-old son. ...more
Karen
Jun 28, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
This is my favorite of the series so far - probably because it is a little more personally intense for the main characters. Per capita this little town of Pecan Springs must have more murders than Houston! LOL
Kristen
Apr 22, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-mystery
This is another fine herbal mystery from Susan Wittig Albert in Texas. This deals with the herb of rosemary. A great read with good tidbits of rosemary lore.
Fredell Boston
Nov 11, 2016 Fredell Boston rated it really liked it
Really liked this edition of the China Bayles mystery series. Equally intriguing and fun to follow.
China confronts her most intriguing case yet when she finds Rosemary Robbins, a woman with an unsettling resemblance to her, murdered in a pick-up truck. The local police discover that Rosemary's fiance is on the lam in Mexico City and focus on him as the main suspect. Meanwhile, China takes the advice of a psychic and finds the killer close to home.
Lissa Notreallywolf
Oct 10, 2016 Lissa Notreallywolf rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really didn't enjoy this one so much because Rosemary, the victim, was such an enigma as was the reason she was killed. Much was unresolved about her by the end of the book, the woman that almost no one knew and certainly not anyone living. Enough said.
The book is good from the standpoint of China confronting her own fears of intimacy with Mcquaid and Brian, laargely because McQuaid thinks a man with a snake tatoo he put in prison years ago and who is now out on early release will seek to har
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Cheryl
Nov 01, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
A little too wordy for me but it was ok all in all.
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
3.5 stars. This series is growing on me. I like China and her newly developing relationship with her boyfriend and his child. They are all three dimensional characters and there are solid mysteries in each book.
Marilyn
50 States and at least 50 Authors 2016 Reading Challenge. TEXAS.

A murderer that McQuaid sent to prison has been released and he is convinced the man will seek revenge by going after China and Brian. In the meantime, a woman who resembled China is murdered while driving McQuaid's truck. Did the ex-convict mistake her for China or is something else going on. Then, one of the suspects disappears.
Mandolin
Jan 21, 2012 Mandolin rated it really liked it
How do you solve the murder of a woman who kept so much to herself that all you have to rely on are the skewed memories of the people who knew her? People, of course, who had every motive to kill her and every opportunity...people whose memories are shaded by the pain her actions, intentionally or otherwise, caused. China Bayles confronts that problem in this installation of Albert's wonderful cozy mystery series set in the heart of Hill Country Texas. Though her own life is full of excitement ...more
Abbey
#4 China Bayles, herbalist, ex-lawyer, Pecan Springs TX. There’s no dearth of suspects when a pushy accountant is murdered after borrowing McQuaid’‘s truck, and no lack of trouble for China - she might have been the intended victim. This is a dark "villiage cosy", not the best in the series but still a good read.

Another strong tale of life in a small town, Texas-style, with humor and strong plotting, excellent characterizations and a lot of twists. Albert is one of my favorite cosy writers becau
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Larraine
Mar 27, 2016 Larraine rated it really liked it
China Bayles is one of my favorite fictional detectives. The former defense attorney turned herbalist has recently moved in with McQuaid and is torn between her former independent life and the responsibilities that come not only with a partner but also as a step mother to her partner's son. She recognizes that McQuaid's son, Brian, has a mother and is unsure of her own role in his life. She also misses the lack of accountability to anyone she had as a single woman.

However, the real story is, of
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Angela Kinder
Mar 23, 2016 Angela Kinder rated it really liked it
China Bayles has finally moved in with McQuaid, Brian (his son), Brian's pets, and Khat (China's, well, cat). She is having a hard time adjusting so when her accountant ends up dead in McQuaid's truck and a dangerous man McQuaid put away a few years ago is finally out and ready for revenge, she has to secretly investigate while keeping a close eye out for the dangerous man, her life, and Brian's life.

This one was pretty good! I didn't have to skim ahead to see who the murderer was, and there was
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Christyn
Rosemary Remembered was not Albert's strongest mystery - I figured out the whodunit within the first third of the book. However this was not a particular deterrent toward my enjoyment of the book, there were enough sub-plots including a vengeful parolee, and a domestic dispute to keep me interested. What particularly stood out in this book were the characters and their changing relationships. McQuaid, Brian and China are all still adapting to living together, and it's great to watch them ...more
Jenn
Mar 05, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it
These books were starting to grow on me. But this one? Ug.

The culprit one in this one is PAINFULLY obvious VERY early on. And that's coming from someone who's usually content to go along for the ride, not guessing who it is. In fact, I just skimmed back to see the exact point where you know who it is. Page 106. Seriously. Go back and check me.

McQuaid pissed me off in this one too. Mightily. All those problems with his kid could have been solved just by calling his friend's parents and explaini
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Michelle
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 4th book in the China Bayles series. This story revolves around the shooting death of Rosemary, China's tax accountant, who was shot while driving her partner McQuaid's truck. McQuaid believes it was a case of mistaken identity and that China was the real target of a recently released convict that McQuaid put away. The other prime suspects are Rosemary's ex-husband and her fiancee. The book also deals with some of China's relationship issues in adjusting to living with McQuaid and ...more
Rachel
Jan 28, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: pbt-baseball
China Bayles owns an herb shop in Pecan Springs, Texas. While China is retrieving her live in boyfriend Mike McQuaid's truck she finds the body of her accountant Rosemary Robbins who has been shot in the head. McQuaid s drafted to find the man who it is believed committed the crime and travels to Mexico to hunt him down. China doesn't believe this man is guilty and begins her own investigation. Meanwhile an excon that McQuaid put in jail is out and threatening revenge. It was pretty obvious to ...more
Nancy
Jun 04, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it
Moving their relationship along, the author has China Bayles and her friend McQuaid moved into a big Victorian house on the edge of town, along with McQuaid's son Brian. China is figuring out if she can become a part of a family or if she has given up too much independence. Another book in the China Bayles mystery series, this story revolves around the murder of accountant who knew too much. Rosemary Robbins, a lookalike for China, is found shot to death in McQuaid's blue truck. She had borrowed ...more
Sheila
Nov 08, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



This is book 4 of the China Bayles Herb Shop Mysteries. China used to be a high powered defense attorney in the city but got fed up with getting people off that were obviously guilty. So she moved
to a small town in Texas and opened up an herb shop. She is now living with her boyfriend and his 10 year old son. Boyfriend is Mike McQuade who is a former sheriff.

The main part of the story is a prisoner who has vowed revenge on Mike and his family has just had early release from prison for overcrow
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Sue
May 11, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, although the language got a little extreme for me a couple times. There were two intertwined stories of a murder and an ex-con threatening McQuaid. They played well off each other and it was difficult to tell if they were related or not which kept things interesting. China has some emotional growth in this story as she and McQuaid begin to make a life together and she has to begin tearing down her emotional safety walls. Lots of herbal lore as usual, plus some sobering ...more
Susan
Aug 16, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
All of the China Bayles series books are written with a conversational style, and endearing sincerity. The characters are both loveable and believable as are the places. Albert describes things well enough to give you a picture for your mind's eye without allowing the descriptions to overtake the storyline. If you've never lived in Central Texas trust me when I tell you that this is as close as you can get without moving here! These books are a comfortable, easy read - equally good for rainy ...more
Karen
Jan 27, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I loved the Beatrix Potter "Cottage Tales" by Susan Wittig Albert, and was surprised to find out how much I'm enjoying her murder mysteries, a total break from the Peter Rabbit stories! Retired attorney China Bayles lives in Pecan Springs, Texas, and owns a herb shop. There seems to be a suspicious death every couple of years in Pecan Springs involving one of China's friends or friend of friends. The plot twists and turns make for a compelling and interesting read. Will have to complete this ...more
Lynne-marie
Aug 19, 2011 Lynne-marie rated it liked it
The China Bayle mysteries have the tags of "cozy," "cats," "cooking," and "herbs," before they get around to "mysteries," and that just about sums up my feelings about this book. At times I want an Agatha Christie experience and at times I want a Millennium Trilogy experience, but woe betide the author who brings me one when I am wanting the other. My fault, of course, not the author's, and I will file away Albert's name for another time when I'm in a simple-minded frame of mind, needing a ...more
Megan Bodwell
Jan 21, 2013 Megan Bodwell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, lent
Not as good as the other ones, at least so far. I had the guilty party figured out fairly early, although I gave the person an accomplice, which ended up not being true. I am hoping that China continues to evolve as a person and mature a little. She is supposed to be in her 40s and has the selfish mentality of a single girl in her 20s. I felt she was becoming a more empathetic person by the end of this book; I hope it continues. A fun, light read as most cozies are. I always learn some things ...more
Deb
Jan 10, 2009 Deb rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-books-read
This is book #4 in the China Bayles series. While I did end up suspecting the correct villain, I was surprised by the means, and I wasn't sure of my suspect until close to the end. I really like this series. The characters are believable, the plots are twisty enough to confound the casual armchair detective, and I'm always interested in how all the relationships evolve in Pecan Springs. Pecan Springs is alive in my imagination, and I enjoy spending time there.
Judy
Jan 09, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good pacing, interesting paranormal overtones.

Although the editing could have been better, such as spelling errors, grammar errors, etc, the story moved fairly fast. I pretty much figured out the whodunit part of the story, however I was intrigued with the paranormal slant. I also like the way th e story was wrapped up without having all the answers, as life rarely does have all the answers.
Normal Deviant
Nov 06, 2015 Normal Deviant rated it did not like it
Not to my taste. The mystery aspect of the book was non-existent- figured out who the murderer was as soon as he was introduced. The rest of the action was dull and forced. I enjoyed the excerpts from other herbal lore and the authors resource page. I found the best parts of the book to be from other books in other words. The characters were forgettable and did not contribute to the story. Events just kind of happened and the characters would then gossip about it, instead of reacting.
Sen
Nov 02, 2016 Sen rated it liked it
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Ed
Aug 13, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#4 in the China Bayles series. China Bayles discovers tax accountant Rosemary Robbins shot to death in McQuaid's truck. McQuaid thinks a paroled murderer with a grudge shot her mistaking her for China. China and Ruby investigate and find aspects of Rosemary's private life that widen the suspect list. China and McQuaid are living together and his son Brian is having a hard time accepting her.
Ellen Moore
Sep 17, 2015 Ellen Moore rated it it was amazing
This was a good mystery, which I liked. The plot was well crafted and the characters interesting. China's relationship with McQuaid and his son Brian develops more, and they help the police investigate a local murder mystery and a problem concerning a convict recently released from prison who McQuaid had been instrumental in helping to convict in the past and who has vowed retaliation.
Dawn Dukes
Mar 21, 2011 Dawn Dukes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
It had been a while since I have read mystery stories. I really enjoyed this even though I couldn't start with the first couple in the series. My library does not have the first two. I like that each book deals with a different herb. I started a herb garden fairly recently. Thanks to Judy for the recommendation!
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