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The Last Chance Olive Ranch (China Bayles Mystery) (original: 2017; edição: 2018)

de Susan Wittig Albert (Autor)

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"In this exciting new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles fears for her husband's life as an escaped convict targets him... Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has busted out of Huntsville Prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. McQuaid knows there's only one way to stop the vengeful convict--set a trap with himself as bait. China wants to stay by her husband's side and keep him from harm. But McQuaid insists that she get out of town and go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she's agreed to teach a workshop on herbs. When China and her best friend arrive at the ranch, she learns the owner, Maddie Haskell, has her own troubles. She inherited the ranch and olive oil business from the late matriarch, Eliza Butler, but Eliza's nephew is contesting the will. While China throws herself into helping Maddie, McQuaid's plan backfires when Mantel executes a countermove he never saw coming. Now McQuaid's life is not the only one at stake--and this time may really be his last chance.."--… (mais)
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Título:The Last Chance Olive Ranch (China Bayles Mystery)
Autores:Susan Wittig Albert (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2018), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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I am a big fan of cozy mysteries, and mysteries in general. Somehow, I have never read a book by Susan Wittig Albert. The Last Chance Olive Ranch is the 25th! book in the China Bayles series but I did not have any problems following the action. McQuaid and China are a married couple. A killer McQuaid helped put away has escaped from prison and is killing everyone who helped put him away. McQuaid knows he is coming for him, and has China and his daughter go away for the weekend while he tries to capture Max. And so the book branches off into two separate stories.

Story 1, McQuaid is trying to lure Max into a trap to capture him. Story 2, China and her friend Ruby go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch to teach a class over the weekend. The olive ranch is struggling, and China becomes involved in a battle for ownership of the ranch.

So, I could have done with just one storyline in this book. The McQuaid story read like a police drama, while China's story was more of a soft mystery. There is no real connection between the two. I liked China and all the characters we meet at the ranch. They were the most engaging to me. In McQuaid's story, a woman is kidnapped but because she is unlikable, I really didn't care whether or not she was rescued. There was no real tension there for me.

I thought the book was well written, and I did learn some interesting facts about growing olives. I would not hesitate to read another book from this author.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
I won't be talking at all about character development when it comes to this novel because I think that would be very unfair to the series; I'm sure the author has spent countless books developing the interactions between the different characters and since I just started with this one, it makes sense that I may be a bit confused by all of the different relationships. In terms of the story itself, this was told from 2 different perspectives: one from McQuaid and one from China. It was cool to see how they both dealt with separate problems but it made for a very confusing story, and it didn't really feel as if either story was fully resolved. This novel had a fast pace but there wasn't really any suspense. It was still a nice read, and I would recommend this novel to those who are fans of this series.

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  veeshee | Jan 29, 2018 |
This was really two different stories going on at the same time. One was China Bayles and the other her husband McQuaid. The storylines were both interesting but the wrap up on both stories were rather abrupt. Overall I enjoy this mystery series. ( )
  kayanelson | Jul 28, 2017 |
The Last Chance Olive Ranch is Susan Wittig Albert's 25th China Bayles cozy mystery. In this installment of the series there are two separate plots that are unrelated to each other. China Bayles and her business partner Ruby Wilcox are scheduled to teach a workshop at the Last Chance Olive Ranch the next day. However, China's husband and ex-cop McQuaid received a phone call advising that a killer that he put on death row has escaped and has already killed 2 people while he is on the run. He suspects that he is on the killer's list of people to exact revenge from. China does not want to attend the workshop so that she can stay home and keep her husband safe. However, she is talked into going and finds herself involved in a dangerous matter at the ranch where 2 characters are battling for ownership of the ranch.

I have read the entire China Bayles series and this is the first time that China's activities and those of her husband were not related to the same plot. I did not feel that it took anything away from the story though. I know and love all of the characters in the series and they are strong enough to carry separate plots on their own. Both plots were complex and interesting.

When you love a series you come to love the characters. The sad part about finishing a book is that you have to wait another year for the author to write and publish the next book and separation anxiety sets in. That just shows the strength of the series though.

The Last Chance Olive Ranch has a lot of information on the almighty olive which was fun to read about. There is also some suspense with the chapters alternating between China's story and McQuaid's story. All in all, this was another great read from Susan Wittig Albert. ( )
  Violette62 | May 13, 2017 |
This was a great China Bayles story this time. It was full of suspense, red herrings, bad guys and bounders. What was notable about the book was the dual storyline. Right from the beginning Ms. Albert split China and her husband McQuaid up and they each are following their own mysteries and bad guys. McQuaid has just found out that a guy who he had put in prison for murder when he was a cop has just escaped from prison, and he's on the loose killing everyone that was involved in his arrest and conviction. Since McQuaid was the officer who was in charge when he was arrested, he knew that he and his family would be in danger. He convinces China to go with her best friend Ruby to the Last Chance Olive Ranch for the weekend, thus keeping her safely out of the picture if Mantel comes to Pecan Springs to wreak havoc on himself or his family. But at the Last Chance Olive Ranch, China and Ruby uncover another unscrupulous plot and a man who will stop at nothing to get what he thinks is his rightful inheritance. Both McQuaid and China have to face extreme danger. This book was great. It moved along at a very swift pace, and the opposing storylines were run back to back with each chapter. This is the the China Bayles that I love - gritty, smart and never, ever to be underestimated. This is a wonderful series, and Ms. Albert's information on herbs and all things culinary are like little gems spread throughtout the pages. ( )
  Romonko | Apr 21, 2017 |
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"In this exciting new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles fears for her husband's life as an escaped convict targets him... Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has busted out of Huntsville Prison and appears to be headed for Pecan Springs. McQuaid knows there's only one way to stop the vengeful convict--set a trap with himself as bait. China wants to stay by her husband's side and keep him from harm. But McQuaid insists that she get out of town and go to the Last Chance Olive Ranch, where she's agreed to teach a workshop on herbs. When China and her best friend arrive at the ranch, she learns the owner, Maddie Haskell, has her own troubles. She inherited the ranch and olive oil business from the late matriarch, Eliza Butler, but Eliza's nephew is contesting the will. While China throws herself into helping Maddie, McQuaid's plan backfires when Mantel executes a countermove he never saw coming. Now McQuaid's life is not the only one at stake--and this time may really be his last chance.."--

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