Death Comes QuicklyDeath Comes Quickly by Susan Witting Albert is the 22nd book in the “China Bayles” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, April 2014

When China’s and Ruby’s friend Karen Prior is mugged in a mall parking lot and dies a few days later, China begins to suspect that her friend’s death was not a random assault. Karen was a filmmaker supervising a student documentary about the fifteen-year-old murder of a woman named Christine Morris and the acquittal of the man accused of the crime. Is it possible that the same person who killed Christine Morris targeted Karen?

Delving into the cold case, China learns the motive for the first murder may be related to a valuable collection of Mexican art. Enlisting the help of her San Antonio lawyer friend Justine Wyzinski—aka the Whiz—China is determined to track down the murderer. But is she painting herself into a corner from which there’s no escape?

It’s like homecoming when I enter the world of China Bayles and her friends. This book was a very enjoyable read in a series that continues to entertain me with a mystery that puts me right there with China and the tidbits of herbal living. In this book, China is on the case, once again, with some help from her friends who are a welcome sighting when they appear in the books. Unraveling everything comes down to one clue and will China grab it in time? You’ll have to read this to find out. A side story brings a bit of sadness, but of course with sadness there’s hope. This was a great read and I look forward to reading Bittersweet, the next book in this terrific series.

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