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  Susan Wittig Albert & Bill Albert
Partners in Crime MysteryPartners e-Letter  
January 2006  

In This Issue
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  • Book Report
  • Crime Partners on the Lam
  • Lifescapes
  • Herb Snips
  • Have You Always Wanted...
  • Story Circle Network National Memoir Conference

    Book Report

    Death on the Lizard, the twelfth Robin Paige mystery, will be published next month. The book features Guglielmo Marconi, as well as sleuths Kate and Charles Sheridan. To learn about the historic Marconi's early life and see his experimental wireless station on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, visit Follow the links for a tour of the Marconi digital archives.

    The Tale of Holly How and The Tale of Hill Top Farm are still available in large print, but large-print editions are always limited in size. Order yours now to be sure to have it. The next book in Susan's Cottage Tales series: The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood, due out in July.


    Crime Partners on the Lam

    Susan will be visiting the Cedar Park, TX Library this month to help them celebrate their 25th anniversary. For details, go here:



    It's winter at MeadowKnoll, but you'd never know it. Record high temps and low rainfall makes this an unusual year. But Susan and Bill are keeping busy with country matters. Read about it at Susan's new blog address: Please bookmark this new site, so you can return often. Or you can go to the website,, and scroll down the toolbar to "Crime Partners"—click on "Lifescapes."


    Herb Snips: Roses in Winter

    Yes, you can enjoy your roses during the snowy season, especially if you've done a little summer-time preparation. Use dried rose petals to bring a lingering color and scent to home-made or purchased potpourri. (You can freshen the fragrance with a few drops of essential oil of rose.) Rinse shampooed hair in rose-petal vinegar (2 cups of red rose petals steeped for a week or two in 4 cups of white vinegar, then strained), or use it as a cosmetic splash. Enjoy the ruby-red color and fragrance of rosehip tea (1 tablespoon of chopped hips steeped in 1 cup just-boiled water), and get a Vitamin C boost besides. Another idea: add ½ teaspoon rosewater, a teaspoon of finely chopped rosehips, and a pinch of nutmeg to your favorite butter cookie recipe, cut into the shape of hearts, and sprinkle with red sugar.

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    Have You Always Wanted...

    to be a cameo character in a novel? Now's your chance! As a fund-raising benefit, the Story Circle Network is raffling off three opportunities for you to make a guest appearance in an upcoming book in one of Susan's three series: China Bayles, Robin Paige, or Beatrix Potter. Three lucky people will win a featured appearance in each of these books—and one of them could be you! For details and to enter, go here:

    You'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that your raffle purchase will help to further the work of the Story Circle Network, which Susan founded in 1997 to help women tell the true stories of their lives.


    Story Circle Network National Memoir Conference

    The organization that Susan founded, the Story Circle Network, will hold its third national conference in February. We hope you'll consider attending.

    What: Story Circle Network's Third National Women's Memoir Conference
    When: February 3-5, 2006
    Where: Red Lion Hotel, Austin TX

    For program details (Susan will be one of the speakers) and registration, go to

    Stories from the Heart III will bring women from around the country to celebrate our stories and our lives. Through writing, reading, listening, and sharing, we will discover how personal narrative is a healing art, how we can gather our memories, how we can tell our stories. We welcome readers, writers, storytellers, and any woman with a past, present, and future. Come, learn, share, celebrate with us as we honor our stories!


    Death on the Lizard
    Death on the Lizard

    What reviewers say about books by Robin Paige: "Eminently satisfying... intricate mystery. Delightful pair of sleuths. A wonderful sense of atmosphere and place." —Gothic Journal

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    The Tale of Holly How

    The Tale of Holly How

    "A stellar tribute to the famous children's charming as the Little Books themselves." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

    "Enchantment." —Kirkus Reviews

    "Albert's nimble evocation of country life . . . [is] hard to resist." —Booklist

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