Today's the day--always the most exciting day in the life of a book. Queen Anne's Lace is appearing on real and virtual bookstore shelves all over the world. This is China Bayles' 26th adventure, a "braided" story that pulls together a contemporary mystery and a tale from the past of Pecan Springs. As you know, I love historical mysteries, and I couldn't resist the opportunity of showing how an important herb--Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota)--was used by countless women in the past, sometimes with tragic consequences. I hope you'll enjoy China's adventure, and that it will prompt you to reflect on the issues I raise in the author's note at the end of the book.
Early on in the series, a Booklist reviewer wrote, “China Bayles is always trying to teach us stuff: it's not annoying at all but somehow soothing and fascinating.” To that, I have to add that China Bayles is always trying to teach me stuff—and even when what she wants to teach me isn’t soothing, it never, ever ceases to be fascinating.
I hope you feel the same way, and that China’s herbal explorations will take you in directions you might not have thought of going by yourself.
Reading note. “It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”--Oscar Wilde