DEAD MAN'S BONES is one of the lighter of Albert's herbal cozy series. Yes, there is a murder or two both in the past and present, but there is banter in this one and that is not usually in her books as a rule. I liked it, but it took me a bit to get used to it.
China's stepson is working in a cave outside of town. It is an archeological dig, but he finds less than ancient bones in the cave. Who do they belong to?
There is also the town's new theater to christen with a play written by the donor of the building and the $$ to refurbish the much needed play arena. There are hoops to jump, of course. The building used to be the horse stables on the land of the richest woman in town. She is also the meanest, so the hoops and conditions are many and frequent and irritating to say the least.
Then there are the dead bodies and the characters who populate Pecan Springs, Texas. Not all are who they appear to be and the questions don't all get answered, so there is definite reason to continue the series.