Bloodroot is a North American plant whose root appears to bleed when it's broken. In addition, it's toxic, and we all know how mystery writers love a poison. The bestselling author of Bloodroot, Susan Wittig Albert, will be guest blogging here on April 11. You'll have a chance to enter a drawing for her latest book Nightshade, and if you enter all the drawings on her blog tour, you could win the audiobook of Bloodroot.
Most of the mysteries in the series are set in Pecan Springs, Texas, where China Bayles has an herb shop. In Bloodroot, China goes home to the family plantation in the Yazoo Delta in Mississippi. Lest you get the wrong impression, China is not a Southern belle but a feminist who long ago renounced her ties to her family's history. Unfortunately, when it appears that the plantation manager has a valid claim to the family home and then disappears, China's elderly aunt is the prime suspect.