New York : Berkley Prime Crime, , c2005.
291 p. ; 18 cm.
A dead man's bones are uncovered -- and Texas ex-lawyer and herbalist China Bayles must dig into a pair of murders separated by time but connected by motive ... When China's teenage son finds some skeletal remains during a local cave dig -- remains that show a not-so-accidental death -- it's a disturbing development. But China doesn't let it distract her from the opening of the new community theater donated by the elderly Obermann sisters. Unfortunately, the haughty, bullying Jane Obermann -- and her frail, frightened younger sister -- made the donation with a condition: that the first production be a play written by Jane about their aristocratic family history.The premiere party ends with a bang when a ne'er-do-well local handyman is shot dead by Jane while breaking into the Obermann estate. It seems like a clear-cut case of self-defense. But China senses something else going on behind the scenes. Now, the key to catching a killer might be the mysterious bones in the cave -- a clue from the past that could help China solve a mystery in the present.