by Susan Wittig Albert
3 stars - good, predictable fun
Ah, sweet relief.
After a bad run on one and two star books, I settled in for a cozy mystery by an author mentioned by one of my followers.
Just what I needed to freshen up my reading pallet.
China Bayles, lawyer-turned-herbalist in Pecan Springs, Texas is the heroine. The mystery centers around the apparent suicide of a professor at the local university. A professor who was engaging in dubious animal experimentation and the sworn enemy of one of China's good friends, Dottie the cat collector.
Suicide... or was it? After Dottie is arrested and charged with murder, China sets about finding out what really happened. She calls an old law school pal in to help with the investigation and we are away.
Plenty of twists and turns and enough quirky characters and subplots to keep my interest.
Absolutely formulaic and that is just what I was looking for. Bad guys are really bad, good guys are vindicated, nobody gets hurt (OK, except for the dead guy, but we didn't like him anyway, did we).