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I enjoyed this It started out slow and dreary Albert was presenting China s state of mind concerning McQuaid being in a rehabilitation center for the injuries he sustained in the previous book in the series This showed Albert s weakness as a writer She doesn t do real world serious writing very well However, once she allowed China and McQuaid to bounce back from their world being upset by his injuries, things picked up and the story was muchentertaining The last book I read in this s I enjoyed this It started out slow and dreary Albert was presenting China s state of mind concerning McQuaid being in a rehabilitation center for the injuries he sustained in the previous book in the series This showed Albert s weakness as a writer She doesn t do real world serious writing very well However, once she allowed China and McQuaid to bounce back from their world being upset by his injuries, things picked up and the story was muchentertaining The last book I read in this series was back in October so it was great to get back into China s world I really liked this installment of this series It helped to continue the personal relationship between China and McQuaid The way they found the killer and the twists and turns along the way made me wonder if I had guessed right The descriptions of all the different chilies seemed to be a bit much I don t see how knowing all about the different chilies helped the story any.Did the description of the barn that was falling apart really have to take up three pages I would think that the author c I really liked this installment of this series It helped to continue the personal relationship between China and McQuaid The way they found the killer and the twists and turns along the way made me wonder if I had guessed right The descriptions of all the different chilies seemed to be a bit much I don t see how knowing all about the different chilies helped the story any.Did the description of the barn that was falling apart really have to take up three pages I would think that the author could have made it very clear that the barn was falling apart without having to take up so many pages It took me forever to get into this book It starts off with a bang when McQuaid gets shot down on the job and may be paralyzed Her mother, Leatha, comes in to save the day but China has a love hate relationship with her mother so that adds stress But when one of the judges dies at the chili contest, it gets Mac s attention like nothing else would The deceased had a lot of enemies so China puts the pieces together while putting together her new column for the newspaper It took forever for th It took me forever to get into this book It starts off with a bang when McQuaid gets shot down on the job and may be paralyzed Her mother, Leatha, comes in to save the day but China has a love hate relationship with her mother so that adds stress But when one of the judges dies at the chili contest, it gets Mac s attention like nothing else would The deceased had a lot of enemies so China puts the pieces together while putting together her new column for the newspaper It took forever for the death to happen but once it did, the mystery moved along and was quite entertaining but the slow start kept me putting the book down in favor of others 4.5 Stars China Bayles is back to continue her story While her fiance Mike McQuaid is recovering from being shot and having to do physical therapy, there s still a chance that he might not ever walk again China is standing by his side.Mike is asked to be a judge in the town s chili cook off, he s at first reluctant to do it because he s afraid that everyone will stare at him, feel sorry for him, but China encourages him to do it She s already going to be there since she s going to be writing 4.5 Stars China Bayles is back to continue her story While her fiance Mike McQuaid is recovering from being shot and having to do physical therapy, there s still a chance that he might not ever walk again China is standing by his side.Mike is asked to be a judge in the town s chili cook off, he s at first reluctant to do it because he s afraid that everyone will stare at him, feel sorry for him, but China encourages him to do it She s already going to be there since she s going to be writing a story for the local newspaper about the cook off, gathering the recipes from the contestants, and incorporating about the peppers and other spices and herbs that people put in their chili Once they arrive, Jerry Jeff Cody another judge for the contest comes to talk to Mike about a problem that he is having, someone is threatening his life Mike and China think that he s making it up since he s in the middle of a divorce and his soon to be ex wife is trying to getthan her fair share While Jerry Jeff is telling Mike and China why he feels his life is endanger, his soon to be ex walks up and starts threatening him with the assumption that she knows where he s hiding his money that he hasn t disclosed to the lawyers Before she leaves she tells him that she will be gettingthan he s willing to part with over his dead body.Once the judging of the contest start Jerry Jeff start choking and the other judges think he acting like the chili is way to hot for him, soon he collapses and it s Mike that steps in and tells them to call the ambulance Jerry Jeff is dead Naturally China starts her own investigation along with Mike and her trusted side kick Ruby But while China is helping with Jerry Jeff s case, a nurse at the nursing home where Mike is recovering comes to her and asks for her help, since China is an ex lawyer The nurse explains about a situation that she saw between the nursing homes director and another patient China gets involved with that as well, and she gets Mike to help her since he s recuperating there China has her hands full with these two case and trying to keep Mike s spirits up and she knows that with him helping it will make him feeluseful.The author has a way of pulling you into the story and keeping you entertained all the while your trying to figure out who the murder is This is the seventh book in the series and with each book, you get to knowabout China along with Mike However, Ruby wasn t in the story much and we didn t get to learnabout China s herbalist This book was centeredaround Mike s recovery and the Chili cook off, which I was fine with that, not every book has to be centered around China s shop and herbs It was refreshing to see China out and about in her sleepy little town of Pecan Springs, Texas Can t wait to read the next book in the series Really enjoyed this installment of the China Bayles Mystery series It was 7 in the series, but somehow I had missed it.As usual, China gets caught up in an unexplained seemingly natural death It turns out to be murder, when the victim, who was allergic to peanuts, succumbed after having tasted chili laced with peanuts His heart attack was definitely NOT natural With her friends and neighbors, China investigates and comes up with several suspects She slowly whittle the list down to a few Really enjoyed this installment of the China Bayles Mystery series It was 7 in the series, but somehow I had missed it.As usual, China gets caught up in an unexplained seemingly natural death It turns out to be murder, when the victim, who was allergic to peanuts, succumbed after having tasted chili laced with peanuts His heart attack was definitely NOT natural With her friends and neighbors, China investigates and comes up with several suspects She slowly whittle the list down to a few Only to discover that an unexpected killer emerging The twists and turns in this novel made for a great summer read and made me want to continue my reading affair with Wittig Albert s female sleuth China Bayles is going through a difficult time in her life Mike McQuaid is recovering from life threatening injuries he received while working a case with the Texas Rangers He had been asking China to marry him, but now that she realizes how much she loves him, Mike is no longer interested in exchanging vows, or much of anything else for that matter.It is time for the annual chili cook off McQuaid grudgingly agreed to be one of the judges a job he has performed in past years On their way to China Bayles is going through a difficult time in her life Mike McQuaid is recovering from life threatening injuries he received while working a case with the Texas Rangers He had been asking China to marry him, but now that she realizes how much she loves him, Mike is no longer interested in exchanging vows, or much of anything else for that matter.It is time for the annual chili cook off McQuaid grudgingly agreed to be one of the judges a job he has performed in past years On their way to the judging tent one of the other judges confides in Mike that someone has been threatening to kill him and he would like to discuss it after ward Less than thirty minutes later Jerry Jeff Cody lies dead on the ground from an allergic reaction to peanuts in one of the chili contest entries Working to solve this case helps bring McQuaid out of the depression he was in as he continues to go through the grueling physical therapy necessary to get back on his feet A China Bayless Mystery Took until chap 6 for murder to occur lots of characters the most interesting info was about chilie recipes at beginning of each chapter Lots of other bks written but no need to read them this one was a nice contrast to Gwen s dense book I really didn t have to struggle to get through it, I just didn t really connect with any of the characters Via Friends of Library sale, 1998, hardback with Madison Co Library notation withdrawn throughout the book 306 pgs. Susan Wittig Albert s China Bayles mystery series is really entertaining Book 7, Chile Death, has China busy visiting her almost fiance, Mike McQuaid, at Manor nursing home where he is rehabing from being partially paralyzed in the line of duty China s friend, Ruby, has just won the lottery and now she s ready to talk about opening a tearoom with China, and Pecan Springs, Texas is gearing up for the annual chili contest There is a murder to solve, problems at the nursing home, and a visit fro Susan Wittig Albert s China Bayles mystery series is really entertaining Book 7, Chile Death, has China busy visiting her almost fiance, Mike McQuaid, at Manor nursing home where he is rehabing from being partially paralyzed in the line of duty China s friend, Ruby, has just won the lottery and now she s ready to talk about opening a tearoom with China, and Pecan Springs, Texas is gearing up for the annual chili contest There is a murder to solve, problems at the nursing home, and a visit from China s mom, Leatha This book kept me guessing until the end China Bayles, herb shop owner, is dealing with the recovery of her soon to be fianc ex cop s live in partner in life He, Mike MacQuaid, is just trying to regain movement in his limbs A set up left him a quadriplegic via a bullet to his spinal cord, and while thankful just to be alive, they are both dealing with the uncertainty of their shared future That and the upcoming Chile cook off, which MacQuaid has served as a judge years gone by.Then China s estranged mother decides she s going to China Bayles, herb shop owner, is dealing with the recovery of her soon to be fianc ex cop s live in partner in life He, Mike MacQuaid, is just trying to regain movement in his limbs A set up left him a quadriplegic via a bullet to his spinal cord, and while thankful just to be alive, they are both dealing with the uncertainty of their shared future That and the upcoming Chile cook off, which MacQuaid has served as a judge years gone by.Then China s estranged mother decides she s going to come in and help at the house and take care of McQuaid s teenage son while China tends to her business and McQuid Add in her best friend wins the lottery to the tune of 2 million and wants to realize China s dream of opening a tea room in the back of their adjoined businesses Not to mention possible shady doings going on at the nursing home where McQuaid is doing his rehabilitation Many twists and false leads, some laughs and plenty of suspense with death by peanuts, bed hopping, tax evasion, estate division, and tons of chili Each chapter is preempted with a relevant quote from sourced pepper, chili, and such As a bonus you will get some good chili recipe tips, as well as the history of chili and chili cook off s, pepper growing tips, recipes, and resources `Pdf ↯ Chile Death ✗ Ex lawyer turned herbalist and amateur sleuth China Bayles attends a chili cookoff where a womanizing judge dies of an allergic reaction to peanuts And since everyone knows peanuts don t belong in a bowl of Texas chili, China knows something suspicious is afoot