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A Plain Vanilla Murder

(2019)
(Book 27 in the China Bayles series)
A novel by

 
 
China Bayles and Ruby Wilcox are offering their popular “Not Just Plain Vanilla” workshop when, across town on the campus of Central Texas State University, a botany professor (an expert on the vanilla orchid) is found dead in his greenhouse—an apparent suicide. Summoned to the scene, police chief Sheila Dawson (now in her last few months of pregnancy) wonders whether there’s something more to his death and opens an investigation into the many rivalries that have splintered CTSU’s plant sciences faculty.

But the dead professor is also the ex-husband of China’s friend Maggie, owner of the local garden center and manager of an orchid-sitting business. When suicide becomes murder, suspicion falls on Maggie. But China learns that there are many more suspects in this complex, vanilla-flavored affair. Does this story begin with a passionate desire for an exotic flower and its costly, delectable fruit? Does it start in a corrosive desire for revenge? Or is the professor’s death the result of a bizarre black-market orchid-smuggling scheme gone awry?

Once again, prize-winning author, herbalist, and amateur naturalist Susan Wittig Albert draws on history, legend, science, and the culinary arts to craft a botanical mystery that will entertain and enlighten mystery fans, gardeners, and nature lovers alike.

Special features: an author’s note on the history and uses of both natural and synthetic vanilla, and recipes and crafting instructions for “wonderful things to do with the ice cream orchid.”

"Engrossing...China continues to appeal with her herbal information and savvy sleuthing."--Booklist

"Albert handles the dual voices smoothly as the combined talents of China [Bayles] and Sheila [Dawson] blend to reveal multiple crimes hidden beneath the peaceful façade of Pecan Springs." —Publisher's Weekly

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder (Thorndike Press Large Print Mysteries: China Bayles)
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN: 1-4328-6529-3 / 978-1-4328-6529-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder (China Bayles Mystery #27) (China Bayles Mysteries)
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN: 0-9982332-0-X / 978-0-9982332-0-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Persevero Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2020 : Paperback
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder (China Bayles mystery)
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Independently published
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Audio Editions

July 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder (China Bayles Mystery (7))
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN: 1-974965-94-5 / 978-1-974965-94-6
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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July 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder (China Bayles Mystery)
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
ISBN: 1-974965-90-2 / 978-1-974965-90-8
Publisher: Dreamscape Media Llc
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Plain Vanilla Murder (China Bayles mystery Book 27)
Author(s): Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Persevero Press
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