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The newest in the nationally bestselling series--a "fast-paced and absorbing" tale (Midwest Book Review). Ex-lawyer and herb-shop proprietor China Bayles is investigating the mystery of retired Texas Ranger shot dead with his wife's gun...and at the same time trying to sort out some mysteries about her own relationship after she overhears a suspicious phone conversation......

Title : Love Lies Bleeding
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ISBN : 9780425166116
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Love Lies Bleeding Reviews

  • Lily
    2019-05-24 08:02

    What the heck happened to China in this book? First she lets Justine come rushing in and order her around. Then she proceeds to let the two-timing McQuaid walk all over her by saddling her with the brat. Next she lets his girlfriend play a part in the whole hospital thing AND she makes "friends" with her right away. OMGWTFBBQ?! Oh hell no! Was she smoking some of the herbs she grows in her herb shop?!-The old China would have told Justine & Ruby to pound sand when they start barking out orders.-When she and McQuaid are finally having it out about the phone call and the phone rings in the middle they should've taken the damn thing off the hook and finished talking. You don't let a stupid phone call interrupt something that important and that intense.-When McQuaid tells her to take the kid while he takes off (after the whole being a jerk episode) she should've said NO & if he left anyway she should've brought the brat to his grandparents.-At the hospital when the nurse assumes she is McQuaid's wife she should have taken advantage of the situation and when THE BITCH girlfriend insists on coming to see McQuaid she should've used the leverage she had to tell the nurse she wanted to see McQuaid alone. Also, she should've told THE BITCH to go F herself.-She should have worked the parent's angle too. McQuaid's parents know her and love her. Shut THE BITCH out. Make them hate her too.-When THE BITCH make the remark that she is going to keep trying to GET McQuaid China seriously should've quit it with the whole martyr routine and she SHOULD have torn the cow a new one.-Honestly, I've thought China could do better than McQuaid all along and this book is proof of it. She was better off living in her little cottage area behind the shop. If I were in her shoes I would have dumped the bastard and his brat after the crap he pulled.This is the only one of the China stories that I will NEVER READ AGAIN.*BTW, if you liked how the whole girlfriend/China/McQuaid turned out YOU ARE A DOORMAT.

  • Mandolin
    2019-06-11 14:12

    As Valentine's Day draws near, herb shop owner China Bayles is torn between her fierce need for independence and her love for her partner, Mike McQuaid. She finds her resistance to his marriage proposals slipping, becoming less and less significant as she realizes how much she loves him. Her hopes for a Valentine's Day engagement are shattered, however, by the apparent suicide of a retired Texas Ranger. McQuaid is suddenly withdrawn and secretive, cold to China's attempts to make the day romantic. During the following days, his reticence grows and the gap between them is widened by suspicion and China's discovery of his infidelity. To ease her broken heart, China throws herself into the investigation of the dead man's activities and possible corruption and uncovers a disheartening web of crime, blackmail and dirty cops...everything she though she left behind in Houston, along with her profitable law practice. Will China's heart survive the evil she uncovers and the possible loss of the man she's just discovered she loves?China is such a dynamic character, one whom I've enjoyed watching grow through this series. This installment was certainly one of the better ones. The tension between McQuaid and China, the dark plot and the stellar cast of characters all combine to make a great book. Though I don't necessarily agree with China's take on a lot of things, I still admire her as a heroine and look forward to seeing how the changes in her relationship with McQuaid progress in the next book.

  • Ty
    2019-06-04 06:49

    Although I love this series, I have a very difficult time reading this book. **Spoiler alert.** China is a strong, independent, financially self-sufficient person, but she lets herself be used and abused by live in boyfriend McQuaid. When she discovers his infidelity and confronts him about it, he tells her he won't discuss it and she takes it! I would have expected her to move back to her little cottage behind the store or something much more in line with her character than to roll over and let McQuaid treat her like a door mat. Even now that he is injured at the end of the book, she hasn't gotten angry with him for his infidelity, or screamed her head off, or anything one would expect from China. Very disappointing and not at all in line with the character we all know and love. Otherwise, it was a good story line.

  • Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
    2019-05-31 14:07

    I love the China Bayles series ... normally. This one just did not grab me. The affair between McQuaid and Margaret was disappointing. A real let down on behalf of McQuaid. The dirty Ranger was just way too obvious. I like how the characters - for the most part - stay true to themselves, the obvious exception being McQuaid, through the series. Dorothy's past life was a bit of a surprise for a brief moment but even that really was not a grabber. I do like the way the town and surrounding areas are given life, as if a character in and of themselves.

  • Anne
    2019-05-30 13:58

    This book ruined the series for me. McQuaid is an ass who will apparently never be expected to own up to his own awful actions.

  • Debbie Maskus
    2019-06-01 10:48

    Sometimes I enjoy China Bayles, and this stood as a time I enjoyed the antics of China and her friends. Males play secondary roles to the friendship among the women in this stories. Of course, one must not discount the mouth-watering recipes and constant mention of foods and herbs. China has decided to accept McQuaid's next proposal of marriage, unfortunately crime jumps into the path and McQuaid has not thrown out another proposal. As China ponders building a tearoom, some desperados invade the quiet town of Pecan Springs, and China and Ruby must investigate a suicide, possible murder. Susan Wittig Albert keeps the mood light and jumping around just like those Hot Lip cookies that Ruby dispenses.

  • Ellen Moore
    2019-06-06 09:12

    I found this book interesting although rather different from others I have read in this series. China finally decides she is ready to accept McQuaid's marriage proposal when he asks her again; but before that occurs, she learns something that could impact her decision. China and Ruby are drafted by Justine to investigate a possible suicide or homicide. McQuaid is involved in some research project that China knows nothing about, and the couple is experiencing problems. There are some quirky new characters who add confusion to the plot.

  • Tribefan
    2019-06-15 12:05

    If I was in a committed relationship (as in living together)I would definitely NOT sleep in the same bed as the guy who I found out was sleeping around on me.... And to be expected to take care of his child while he goes off who knows where (we find out later that it was and undercover op but still....)!! Did not like this one.... I would not be as forgiving or even take half the blame!!!!!

  • Kay Kay
    2019-05-24 05:50

    So disappointing!

  • Fredell Boston
    2019-06-20 10:11

    Really enjoyed the twists and turns in this installment of the China Bayles Mystery Series--no.6. Although one of the earlier books, it was as well written and an interesting read. We discovered a deeper side to China's and McQuaid's love and their dedication to each other. As usual, China's 'crew' get involved in a murder and the ensuing investigations. McQuaid gets shot and paralyzed (temporarily) fro the neck down while acting in an undercover role for the Texas DPS/ China follows the leads to help capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

  • Emily Cullen
    2019-06-17 10:57

    China's lawyer friend asks her to investigate the death of a Texas Ranger shot by his wife's gun. In the meantime China decides she will finally say yes when McQuaid asks her to marry him, but suddenly he's not asking. I really love the China Bayles cozy mystery series, especially the relationship between her and her boyfriend. I'm looking forward to the next book!

  • Katey
    2019-05-22 07:11

    This book was quite good, after I took a brief break from the series. McQuaid is working a case, and doesn't tell China about any of it. Hot Shot overhears a conversation between Mike and another woman...on Valentine's Day to boot. Now she has to figure out who the other woman is, and figure out why the man who was killed needed an alias.

  • Pat
    2019-06-14 10:43

    Long time since I read this series. I hope to catch up. This one is from 1997!Mix of Texas Rangers, herb shop with potential expansion, Lack of communication between China and McQuaid.He is shot and seriously injured.

  • Julie Bates
    2019-06-10 12:56

    While I have enjoyed the entire series, this one stands out with its emotional impact as well as the powerful development of the characters.

  • Michelle Hanson
    2019-06-19 13:09

    guess I found another series..

  • Guera25
    2019-06-15 06:04

    Were this rating based solely on the strength of the mystery, it would have been a four. The mystery was taut, engaging, and well-constructed, perhaps the best thusfar in the series to this point. Alas, this rating is not based solely on the mystery. It also takes into account the overwrought, melodramatic and patently unlikely developments in China Bayles' personal life.Oh, Internet, the rage, the rage it inspires. I've never much given a rip for Bayles or McQuaid. The former is abrasive, judgmental, and holier-than-thou, while the latter is such an uber-macho, grunting stereotype that it makes my eyes throb with the urge to roll with the vigor of a laundrette rinse cycle, but the infidelity subplot and its subsequent resolution made me want to hurl this book across the room and trample it to pulp beneath my stamping feet. Out of respect for library property, I forebore, but it was a near thing.Mike McQuaid cheats on China after she's gone for a whole two weeks, and I'm supposed to believe that China, with her history of massive trust issues, fierce independence, and occasionally-strident feminism, suddenly decides she loves him and can't live without him? Not only that, but she wants to marry him. And she makes sudden BFFs with his paramour, Margaret, and within hours of meeting each other, they're bantering about threesomes over his hospital bed. I'm supposed to buy this as a realistic response to what is clearly a devastating situation?I'm further supposed to buy that Ruby, instead of comforting China when she reveals McQuaid's cheating, chastises her for being too self-absorbed and demanding, all but calling her a frigid harridan? Ruby, whose own husband left her for a younger secretary? And that China accepts this assessment as correct without a fight? Poor, poor Mike McQuaid, so hard done by because his partner expects him to keep it in his pants. The entire scenario is a travesty and an insult to previous characterization. Ms. Albert fell in love with the theme of appearances being deceiving and tortured her characters into the desired mold in order that her plot featured thematic parallels. Adcock isn't what he seems. Dolores isn't what she seems. Margaret isn't what she seems. Neither is Leatha, China's mother, who turns up at the hospital after the shooting in grubby sweats to console her. Or. J.W. Bishop, Texas Ranger and closet scuzzbucket. On and on the list goes, and in order for China to join the party of unexpected surprises, she has to become a spineless milksop who berates herself for giving her blameless man cause to stray with his feisty yet demure sexpot partner. It's writerly ego over service to the story.Alas, Albert doesn't stop there. Nay, she compounds the heave-inducing awfulness by having Bayles almost immediately embrace the other woman as a friend and spend pages listing her virtues. Her strength, her determination, her beauty, her prowess as a Ranger. By book's end, less than a month after the revelation of the affair, Margaret has joined the inner circle and is sipping cocoa with China, Sheila, and Ruby and throwing parties for poor woobie McQuaid, who, let's recall, told China it couldn't be cheating if they weren't married. Apparently, if you want a lasting love, all you have to surrender is your self-respect and sacrifice your principles.It's a nasty, nasty message, and I don't expect things to improve now that China will be nobly standing by her paralyzed man, who, no doubt, will receive a miracle cure once the angst fodder has been exhausted. A gross, disappointing book. While I've never liked China, I expected better than this.

  • Jenn
    2019-06-06 10:02

    Holy hell. I finished this on April 1, so I just kept hoping this whole thing was some sort of cosmic April Fool's Joke.First, the overall plot: This is not a small town cozy mystery. It has nothing at all to do with their small town at all. The Delores character was TOTALLY shady, but they just kept believing everything she said. Later, they'd question whether she was telling the truth and remark how unreliable she was, but then she'd say something else and they'd just believe her without any corroboration. Really? She was written as so sketchy, that I was half convinced that she set up her husband the whole time.Now, to the elephant in the room. Gah, I hate McQuaid! Are we supposed to hate him or is the writing not doing a good enough job? Because WOW. First, how hard is it to say, "Hey, I'm working on an investigation and I really can't talk about it, but I wanted you to know because otherwise I'm going to sound sketchy." Then, he freaking cheats on her?? Okay, I can even see why he might since she's been SO ambivalent about the whole relationship. And I can even see them working through it eventually. Eventually. But EVERY SINGLE PERSON seems to think it's no big deal and China should just get over it and it's her fault anyway for not wanting to marry him. WTF? And he was SUCH an ass in this one! That whole discussion when the phone kept ringing? Gah! And then he takes off and orders her to take care of his kid? This entire book made me want to throw it across the room. I've liked the rest of the series well enough, but this one? If I had to buy any more of these, I would stop right now. But fortunately, the library has the rest of the series, so I'll continue, but Gah!!!

  • Tricia
    2019-05-22 11:42

    I found myself liking this book more as it progressed. It looks like I might be in the minority amongst reviewers, but I did not mind the relationship turn that occurred. Although the timeline is a little muddled, the whole story took place over the span of 4 or 5 days - not a lot of time for China to go into deep meditation. Can someone forgive so quickly? Perhaps when confronted with the situation that China finds herself in! After all those years of relying on her rational brain, it's good to see her discover her heart. It's just too bad that McQuaid didn't realize about a week sooner that she had already undergone a change of heart on The Question.I read the first few books in this series many many years ago. When I started it, I hoped that the herbs would somehow feature in the mysteries - for example, that the alleged healing powers of the herb would be a clue, or that a poisonous one would be used in the crime, stuff like that. It doesn't happen that way. However, in this book, the herb-or-plant-related sayings at the beginning of each chapter are thematically related to the plot developments in the chapter. This is not one of my favorite series, and I can't even remember what caused me to return to it for this installment, but I definitely need to read Chile Death to find out how this resolves!

  • Sen
    2019-06-12 14:04

    And McQuaid's back in the series and still being an ass, what a surprise. Only now, he's a cheating one, too! And for some reason that makes China want to marry him, because that's totally how relationships work.The moment she's away for more than a day, and he falls into bed with the Ranger woman. Oh, right, Peggy ~*~seduced~*~ him, so it's not his fault at all.I'm sorry, but that's complete BS. It takes two to tango, and he was a willing participant.On top of this, if McQuaid had, oh, I don't know, COMMUNICATED with China, there would have been a lot less grief all around. In fact, he might not have been shot at the end. And I'm not saying he should have revealed confidential information to her, but if he had just been more clear about what he was doing in general terms-- and NOT CHEATING-- things would have been better. That takes thought and more than two brain cells to rub together, however, so I can see why McQuaid was lacking.He treats China like crap throughout this novel, and we're seriously supposed to like this guy and want to China to marry him? Seriously?I give up. There is a lot I like about this series, but the things I dislike are more than enough to ruin the enjoyment. I'm not finishing this series.If you can put up with relationship idiocy, then I say this is a good series. If you can't, don't bother, because you'll just end up hating the characters and wanting to crack them upside the head.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-28 09:59

    This is the 6th book in the China Bayles series. China has just returned from her monastic retreat and is seriously contemplating her relationship with McQuaid and her life with her herb shop. Her world is thrown into turmoil when she overhears a conversation that McQuaid is having with a woman that sounds like an affair. Coupled with McQuaid's mysterious "research" project, China finds her life unraveling. The mystery involves a former Texas Ranger who dies of an apparent suicide. China has many challenges in investigating the case on behalf of his wife. While the situations were certainly dramatic, I agree with the other reviewers that even under the stressful conditions at the end of the book, I find it highly unlikely that China would befriend the "other woman". While the mystery is solved, China and McQuaid's relationship remains up in the air at the conclusion. I look forward to seeing what happens in their relationship in the next book.

  • Liz
    2019-06-02 13:02

    This was a good book for the series even if it was not the best book of the series. Sure the mystery was interesting and fun to read. But the character development was the highlight. Now, I LOVE this series. One of my favorites for the writing caliber, the developed characters and a prickly anti-hero protagonist. Lets face it, China isn't the most likable person half the time but we love her anyway despite her faults. This book delves into the results of actions by both China and her companion, McQuaid. Obviously these people aren't real so one can't get worked up over actions of characters, but watching the very adult consequences of the previous few books for both and how they handled them was a fascinating read. It is why I enjoy this series. There are no easy answers.

  • Carol Layton
    2019-06-04 10:42

    This is the sixth book in the China Bayles mystery series, and it falls nicely into the category of a "cozy mystery." The plot is well developed, and thankfully, the characters are beginning to develop into more rounded people. Albert spends a little too much time repeating all of the background of the story, and for those of us who are reading the series, the repetition of why China Bayles is where she is, how she relates to the other characters, and who the other characters are, gets old. The history would work for someone who picked up book six without reading the other five! While the first five books could be read independently, this one really almost demands the reading of book seven because it ends much like a serial story!! I am looking forward to that read!

  • Johanna
    2019-06-16 13:07

    I have not been reading these books in the order in which they where written.So maybe this is why I was so effected by this novel.I had my regular high expectations for this novel and half way through it I found myself not enjoying it as much as her others.I found the mystery plot a little too ridiculous then the others. But most important for me was the side story of China and the affair.I HATED the way this was written and didn't understand or couldn't relate to either China or Ruby or any other other characters and how they where handling this problem/situation.I certainly expected more emotion and depth in the Ruby character.I will still continue to read the's just made me not love the character of China as much I suppose.

  • Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
    2019-06-02 07:44

    I had read another book in this series that I had liked a lot more. The idea of a little herb garden growing outside a little shop/cafe makes me want to move there...The plot to this mystery is complicated and interesting, and keeps us guessing. The romantic relationship of the main character with her beau is flawed and to my taste makes her an unliberated woman and thus a terrible example of what those Texan Detective Ladies are all about! It is a contradiction in terms that a strong woman who is not afraid to go probing into the secrets of others is too weak to confront her man. It left a bitter taste in my mouth.

  • Teri
    2019-05-29 07:59

    China and McQuaid are as real as any fictional characters can be. In our house we talk about them as if they were real friends. This book was the closest we've been allowed to get to them. Of all the China Bayles mysteries I've read to date though this one was the most difficult to read. Not in any part due to the writing or style but due to the content. China's emotional journey hasn't been fun from the beginning but this book takes her all over the place emotionally. The emotions were raw and roller-coaster wild. Good read for the last hot days of summer.

  • Donna Davis
    2019-05-20 05:48

    The China Bayles series is usually my back-up material; if I can't find a book by an author that's on my A-list and I can get one of the China Bayles books inexpensively, I'll do it. Most of them rate 3 stars for me.This one is more compelling than the rest. The tension builds to a nervous twang. I could not put it down and turn off the light. When I forced myself to do so, I lay in the dark until I realized that it would really just be faster to finish it than lay there all night trying to relax. It was a short night's sleep, but a strong read.

  • Susan
    2019-05-24 10:11

    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.

  • Megan Bodwell
    2019-05-21 07:50

    This is a pretty good series. From the normally predictable formula of the cozy mystery genre is followed, enough where the reader is fairly confident who will live. However, this one threw the reader a curve. It had me scratching my head and wondering what the hell was going on McQuaid's mind and why China (who prides herself on her "independent self") would just not only lay down and take it, but seem to laugh it off.More than ever before with a cozy series, I want to dive into the next book to see what happens!

  • Jan
    2019-05-30 08:50

    This was the best so far in this series. This is normally a typical 'cozy' mystery series - set in Texas, with the main character the owner of a Herb store. This one, however, was darker. One of the main characters was severely injured, and the twists and turns of the mystery they were involved in kept me very interested. Very enjoyable, and I am interested in reading the next one to see how the ongoing plot line continues...

  • Joanne
    2019-06-11 08:10

    I've been reading this series for a while, but this one changes the dynamics. China Bayles, the main character, has been avoiding making a commitment to Mike McQuaid. She finally decides she is going to make that step, but things change with McQuaid.That makes it sound like it is a romance series but it isn't. Dynamics have changed in this book but the series is still is a mystery series. And recipes! What could be bad?