Framing the Dialogue


The latest novel in Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles mystery novel leaves behind her usual cast when China travels to Kentucky to visit a Shaker Village.  In Wormwood, Albert alternates between two stories, both involving intrigue, love, theft, and murder.  In the main story, China Bayles travels with a friend to investigate shady dealings at a historic Shaker Village. 

It isn’t too long before China finds a body.  This is a good, light mystery as you would expect from an Albert book.  What I thought was a nice component of the novel was the parallel story that takes place in the same Shaker Village, but a hundred years earlier.  I had heard of Shaker furniture, but did not know anything about the people.  A deeply religious and chaste people, their story also involved intrigue, love, theft and murder. 

Perhaps the best part of the book is the recipe for 12 herb and spiced fried chicken.  I have not made it yet, but will be trying it shortly.

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