Susan Wittig Albert does a great job at explaining the character background in each of her books and although I hadn't read many of the later books in the series, it didn't take away from the newer mysteries. I enjoy the setting in the Texas Hill Country and as always, Ms. Albert weaves an intriguing tale.
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Max Mantel, the killer McQuaid put away years ago, has broken 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...