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Title : Mistletoe Man
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ISBN : 9780425182017
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Mistletoe Man Reviews

  • Susan
    2018-12-08 18:47

    All of the China Bayles series books are written with a conversational style, and endearing sincerity. The characters are both loveable and believable as are the places. Albert describes things well enough to give you a picture for your mind's eye without allowing the descriptions to overtake the storyline. If you've never lived in Central Texas trust me when I tell you that this is as close as you can get without moving here! These books are a comfortable, easy read - equally good for rainy days, and excuse to stay in the air conditioning, or by the fireplace.

  • C.J. Prince
    2018-12-04 21:03

    The character of China Bayles grows with each book. To read a new one is like sitting down with a pot of tea and catching up with an old friend.

  • Mary
    2018-11-28 19:46

    I like everything about the China Bayles books except the unnecessary profanity. This book seemed to have more than usual, and why I have to rate it lower than I otherwise would. I think her thoughtfully worked characters and relationships are great. Her books always deal with a significant issue that is not usually comfortable for us to deal with, which makes us consider it anyway and hopefully become more knowledgable and aware and more comfortable dealing with it when it comes along in our own life.

  • Suz Davidson
    2018-11-18 21:49

    Mediocre whodunnit

  • Linda
    2018-12-18 20:56

    Right off the bat there were a couple of things I liked about this book. I am very fond of the Christmas holiday so I liked the book title very much, I was enchanted by their tearoom and I liked the tearoom name, "Thyme for Tea" (very clever), also I liked the location of the storyline (Pecan Springs, the hill country, story even mentioned Seguin, Tx). I'm a Texas girl so it just reminded me of home. Now, for the plot, characters etc. The idea of China and Ruby, (best friends), starting " a new tearoom enterprise togehter, plus both ladies responsible for their own separate businesses - the herb shop and New Age Shop caught my interest. I like reading about strong, independent women and builing a business at something they love. China is persistent and carefully trying to figure out who murdered Carl Swenson and she is compassionately concerned for Donna who she doesn't believe really ran over Carl and in back of her mind runs the idea. That Donna is covering up and taking the heat for someone she cares about. She is tenacious about sifting through the facts and gets out on her own investigating but not making a big, attention deal but goes about her sleuthing business determined to figure who really is the culprit. Also, I like that there isn't alot of romance and clogging up the murder suspense storyline, the plot really focuses on China and Ruby sleuthing around together,sifting through the puzzle, and getting into hot water together. This storyline just has a whole lot of ingredients that I just can't name everything. Just read it and you'll like it!

  • Geri
    2018-11-28 22:34

    This author had several plots going atthe same time, which kept it interestingtrying to figure it out.

  • Valerie
    2018-12-10 22:47

    I bailed on this book just about halfway in. I am disappointed and outraged that a murder mystery book set at the holidays is going to delve into the area of breast cancer? Really? I read murder mysteries as an escape and as a challenge to see if I can figure out who did it before the end of the book. I do not read these books to get the down and dirty on symptoms and causes or non causes and the terror of getting cancer for no good reason. Having lost a friend to this disease and unfortunately, having had several friends battling with it, I don't find this book at all entertaining, though before this unnecessary drama, I was enjoying it. Let me make this clear, even if I had not had a friend die of cancer, or personally know of anyone struggling with this disease, I do not expect to open up a murder mystery book, especially one that is somewhat cozy, and deal with such a serious subject in such detail. I enjoy books by Camilla Lackberg and Louise Penny, PD James etc, and do not consider myself only a lightweight murder mystery reader. I would expect to see this type of thing in fiction, not murder mystery. I am so turned off to this author.

  • Fredell Boston
    2018-12-05 18:56

    A wonderful read! I did not know who the murderer was until the end! It was totally unexpected.China Bayles, former high-powered defense attorney turned herbalist/store owner, is drawn into the the search for the killer of her mistletoe supplier, who is rundown by an old red pick-up truck belonging to his neighbors. But, these three women all claim innocence. So China and her 'cast of characters' try to solve the murder and free their friends from prosecution.I do get a bit irked by the constant rehashing of characters and their relationships, but I know that many folks are not regular readers of the series, and appreciate the exposition of the townspeople of Pecan Springs.

  • Linda
    2018-12-08 19:50

    I really liked Susan Wittig Albert's book, Mistletoe Man. It is the ninth book in her China Bayles mysteries. China is the owner of Thyme and Seasons which is a herb shop. Her mistletoe supplier, Carl Swenson is found dead in a ditch in front of his place. He was the victim of a hit and run. While curious about what happened to Carl, China is also worried about her best friend, Ruby, who hasn't been herself lately, getting her house ready for the Christmas Tour, and spending time with her husband and step-son. This book has a great flow to it. It has likable characters and an interesting plot. It unveils a few secrets along the way. Thumbs up for this installment!!

  • Betty
    2018-12-05 23:41

    Under the Mistletoe (farm)I have to remember to review audiobooks as well. This took longer to listen to than if I had read it. Audiobooks deserve your undvided attention, not to be listened to in bed (you fall asleep missing big portions) but great on flights, drives, exercising, running...any place that puts you in the zone.I won't put a spoiler on this whodunit. Excellent characters, as well as plot development. Narrative holds interest (especially when you hear it twice) which is a credit to the reader/storyteller. I will say I never saw the murderer or suspected. Do you think I slept through an important clue? I'm lucky. I get to visit with these Texans again.

  • Melody
    2018-11-19 19:43

    China is worried when Ruby disappears without a trace. Her daughters don't know where she is and her house is spotless. On top of that her mistletoe man hasn't delivered anything and it is almost Christmas. Then money goes missing from the register of the new tea shop she and Ruby opened and China is very busy. Good mystery and likeable characters with real problems.

  • Bridget
    2018-11-30 00:52

    This author and series was new to me, but of course it's December, and I was trolling for holiday-themed books, and came across this one. Apparently it's #9 in the China Bayles series, but I didn't have any trouble enjoying it even though I hadn't read the previous books.China Bayles, a former Houston attorney who gave up practicing law and moved to the small town of Pecan Springs, Texas, is preparing the the holidays. She owns an herb store, and is part owner with her friend Ruby of a tea shop next door. China has agreed to include her house on the Christmas House Tour, and as the book begins, she is lamenting that fact, since it's also her shop's busiest time of year. But her attention is drawn to a couple of other things: her friend Ruby has been acting weird, and won't say why; and, Curt Swenson, a local who sells mistletoe to her shop, is found dead in the road near his house. The remainder of the book deals with China's attempts to figure out what is happening with Ruby, as well as looking into Swenson's demise. I enjoyed this book, thinking that the characters were interesting without being terribly cliche, and things moved along at a nice pace. Like other fictional sleuths, I find it hard to believe that China spends so much of her time investigating, when she has a full-time job, husband, and stepson, but I am willing to suspend my disbelief since otherwise, there'd be no book or story!If you are looking for a pleasant read, and a story that has enough going on to keep you guessing, you'll probably enjoy this book, as I did.

  • Mandolin
    2018-12-02 01:42

    China's Christmas is shaping up to be a busy one. Business is booming at Thyme and Seasons and its new attached tea room, Thyme for Tea; she's slated to be a host on the town's Christmas tour and her best friend Ruby is suddenly acting secretively and China's determined to find out why. Add to that the new responsibilities of being a wife and mother that, though rewarding, keep her very occupied! The last thing she needs, of course, is a murder to solve. But when her local mistletoe supplier turns up dead, the victim of an apparent hit-and-run, and her friends at a local flower farm are indicated in the killing, China plunges into the case, anxious to help her friends if she can (and maybe use the investigation as a way to get back into Ruby's good graces.) Will China be able to solve the mystery in time for the Christmas season? And will she figure out what's going on in Ruby's life that has made her change so dramatically? Read on and see in this charming addition to the herbal mystery series!Well plotted and full of the quirky characters and Texas charm that has come to characterize this series, the book is a wonderful Christmas addition. Lacking the gore and grizzly tones of other mysteries, it's just right for a cozy night by the tree. I certainly enjoyed it, even though I did read it at Halloween!!

  • Karen
    2018-12-18 01:45

    I am thoroughly enjoying Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles mystery series. Each book delves into the lives and work of the main characters, and each time I pick up the next in the series I feel like I'm catching up with good friends after a long absence."Mistletoe Man" is about an crabby old man in Pecan Springs, Texas, who has sold property to two sisters and their aunt who believes she has been abducted by Klingons earlier in her life. The original landowner is kind of a scam artist with land deals and he is working on getting his monthly payments on the land from the sisters but then managing somehow to get the land back and keep the money. He is found dead on the side of the road early one morning. No real evidence is available that would immediately point the finger at the murderer. Aunt Velda, however, the aunt who visited with the Klingons and feels like she's part of their family, provides just enough suggestions during lucid moments to help China and her friend Ruby begin to put some missing pieces together. There are drug busts, outlandish sheriffs, eccentric characters and twisting plots galore to keep the attention of any short-attention span reader. Can't wait to read the next book in this series!

  • Pamela Mclaren
    2018-11-22 01:51

    The Mistletoe man, who delivers the herb to China Blades herb shop, Thyme and Seasons, is late and making trouble for his neighbors as well. And its not a great times China is dealing with the growth of the new tea shop at the back of her shop; the sudden change in her friend in business partner, Ruby; and the upcoming tour of her house, which is part of a holiday house tour.More problems are afoot. The sisters who usually make the wreaths for Thyme and Seasons have a broken down truck -- because of Carl Swenson, they believe -- so China goes out to pick up the items and hears more. With nary a breath in between, Ruby disappears and there's a dead body on the road and its pretty clear this is not an accidental death, although that's how the police are seeing it. So, as usual, China finds herself diverted from her shop to scoping out just what happened and what is going on with Ruby.This is another fun, easy reading mystery to savor and enjoy. The characters are realistic and true to themselves. Its like getting back in touch with old friends.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-01 18:43

    This is the 9th book in the China Bayles series. It is the holiday season and China is feeling a little overwhelmed with volunteering to be on the holiday open house tour, a new cook at the tea room, supplier issues at her herb shop, and most puzzling, a distant and angry Ruby. She has 2 mysteries to solve: who killed the mistletoe man and what is wrong with Ruby? Her new husband helps out with the hit and run case and China is pulled in as a friend of the two sisters who supply her with flowers and are in a land dispute with the victim. Add to the mix, their slightly nutty aunt who believes she has been abducted by aliens and suspicious neighbors down the road, so there are many suspects. When their new British cook gives her notice, things become even more complicated. There is quite a bit of humor in this novel and China manages to straighten things out by the end, even managing a theme for the Open House. This was another good addition to the series.

  • Janice
    2018-12-20 01:48

    Stopped reading. Not enough early on to keep me interested.

  • Lissa Notreallywolf
    2018-12-15 20:49

    Mistletoe Man was an interesting read about two sisters living on a flower farm, and their nearest neighbor and landlord, known as the Mistletoe Man. Here I meet people one meets again in Dead Mans Bones. They are more amusing in Dead Mans Bones because here they are involved in a murder, or seem to be. The little old lady abducted by space aliens is charming in both books. Here daughters well I guess they grow on you. In this book the Thyme for Tea room has gooten off the grown with the intervention of a little Brit, wh it turns out has a past, just like one of the flower sisters. A different past of course because everyone has their own. There is soem interesting information in this book about mistletoe and the various meanings ascribed to it in many cultures. This is as close to a Christmas mystery I have found in the series. I'm inclined to think I will revisit it when Halloween isn't hhappening outside my window-it was a late night read, and a good one, if unseasonal.

  • Eileen
    2018-12-01 18:37

    3.5 stars I found this book on my MIL's bookshelves. The title caught my attention since it is the holiday season. I do enjoy reading seasonal stories and cozy mysteries so this was a good combo for a quick read while on vacation. The characters were interesting, the plot was good and the story moved along at a nice pace. A bonus for me was the setting in the fictional town of Pecan Springs, Texas in the hill country an area which I have visited. China Bayles and her friend Ruby get involved in the mystery surrounding the death of the man who sells them mistletoe for their shop. They get way over involved and in trouble and of course help solve the mystery. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I think I will look for more from this series (my copy is from 2000 and is the ninth book on the list of the series). An enjoyable quick read.

  • Guera25
    2018-12-05 00:45

    I can only surmise that Albert had a brush with mortality, because this book is clumsily threaded with gobbets of saccharine moralizing and noxious pontification on How a Real Woman Opens Her Heart to Lurve and All Its Many Splendors. Cancer, if I had to guess, since Albert handled it with markedly more sympathy than she treated upon the looming specter of permanent disability.Oh, and just in case anyone was worried that the manly, virile Mike McQuaid had lost his ability to satisfy a woman, fear not! In fact, he's even better in the sack these days. Lord knows that was a worry at the forefront of my mind.There's a good mystery under all the whiffy, dewy-eyed glurge and misbegotten attempts at profundity and deep emotional resonance, and Aunt Vera is a hoot. I only wish the Klingons had actually shown up.

  • Deb
    2018-12-14 22:04

    I liked this installment too. Ruby has a big secret and China is sure she's done something to hurt her. However, China finds out that all of their friends are worried about Ruby. Meanwhile, her mistletoe supplier Carl Swenson, is killed ostensibly in a "hit and run" accident. The Fletcher sisters and their Aunt Velda (who's been kidnapped and returned by the Klingons) come under suspicion as all of the law enforcement folks try to figure out exactly what happened to Carl. And then there is Mrs. Kendall, the British cook extraordinaire who has come to China's rescue in the tearoom. But what mystery is she hiding??

  • Nancy
    2018-11-20 19:34

    Another romp with as China and Ruby work together to solve a hit and run accident involving China's mistletoe supplier. Enough twists and turns and red herrings to keep the reader turning pages. Ruby faces a special challenge that tests and strengthens the friendship between Ruby and China. China's domestic life, her interactions with the rest of the Pecan Springs residents add life and sparkle to the story. I guessed the resolution of the mystery long before the last page, but what's enjoyable is the trip to Pecan Springs--an armchair escape--the humor, and the tightly knit community in the Texas Hill country, along with a nice supplement of plant lore.

  • Becky
    2018-12-12 23:56

    Real mistletoe is something I have never seen, so this was an especially interesting book to read during the Christmas season. It was quite interesting to learn that it is much more than fake kissing ball inspiration via the chapter introductions in Mistletoe Man. This is my second China Bayles book and it is #9 in the series. Since I have read #2 first, I have decided I am not going to worry about order for this series. Mistletoe Man does a very good job of combining daily life, family and friends, health scares, a murder mystery, and the past in an entertaining read!

  • Johanna
    2018-11-27 23:37

    I found this book at my mother's cottage abandoned by one of her friends.Boy was I glad to meet China Bayles!!!This is the first book in the series that I've read and still my favorite of the bunch.I've been avidly hunting down these books since I just learned of them.It's been challenging trying to find them but well worth it.Great plots. Strong characters. Full of useful info at the begging of each chapter.All of the novels I've found have all ready been re-read by me several times.

  • Laura Brown
    2018-12-04 01:38

    This is the first China Bayles Mystery I have read and I initially didn't even notice it was one of a series. I was easily brought up to date with the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the story telling style of Susan Witting Albert. I did think that things got wrapped up a little to easily, quickly and neatly at the end, but that is my frequent complaint about most mysteries. I intend to find other books by this author in the future and may search to discover all the China Bayles Mystery series on the virtual shelves of my public library system.

  • Ed
    2018-12-03 21:34

    #9 in the China Bayles series. China Bayles, high powered Houston lawyer, relocates to Pecan Springs, TX to run an herb shop.China Bayles' mistletoe supplier is killed by a hit and run driver and her wreath suppliers and their aunt are likely suspects. China and Ruby have to deal with the cook for their tearoom possibly leaving. Meanwhile Ruby chooses a mastectomy as treatment for breast cancer.

  • Pat
    2018-12-01 21:52

    A man who gathers mistletoe and raises goats for a living is found dead at the side of his road.Ruby is stressed out but won't tell China or her daughters the reason.We soon find out she has breast cancer.China figures out what happened to the mistletoe man.Good.

  • Katie Rekowski
    2018-11-20 01:52

    China Bayles #9. Read by Julia Gibson. 2000. This Christmas, China Bayles is trying to keep up with stocking mistletoe and other Christmas flowers and gifts. Also, her house will be open for the Christmas tour, she is newly married with a growing up step son and her best friend, Ruby, is acting weirdly. Carl, China's mistletoe supplier, is dead due to a hit and run. The sisters who supply flowers seem to be the likely suspects,but could they really have done it?

  • Kathie
    2018-12-12 19:46

    Really enjoyed this book. A lot more believable story this time. After all how many of us do have relatives who believe Klingons took them away for 3 years and then brought them back after touring the galazy? Anyway the part about finding the "secret" crop was a little loony but suppose she had to throw that in for an extra chapter. Now on to book #10.

  • Sallee
    2018-12-19 23:45

    I enjoyed Mistletoe Man. As always, this is a good mystery. However, I wished the author would have spent more time on the child's reuniting with her biological mother. She did not let us know how the child, Melissa responded hearing the news of her birth, and just let you assume that the child was allowed to stay with her mother after what happened. You'll have to read the book to find out.