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

In This Issue
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  • Book Report
  • Out and About
  • Lifescapes
  • Herb Snips

    Book Report

    Congratulations . . .
    to the three winners of the Story Circle Benefit Raffle, who will appear in one of Susan's next books: Janet Balletto of Warwick, Rhode Island (in THE TALE OF HAWTHORN HOUSE, a Beatrix Potter Cottage Tale, in late 2007); Sharon Baehr of Diamond Bar, California (in the next Robin Paige); and Melissa Grody of Waynesburg PA (in SPANISH DAGGER, China Bayles #15, April 2007).

    And to the first two winners of our herb contest: Bernice (Bellingham WA) and Bird (Fredericksburg TX). What? You didn't know about the herb contest? Go to and read all about it!

    A Peek into China's Book of Days
    We've posted a March entry to China's Herbal Book of Days website. For a taste of the herbal goodies to come (October is the publication date for Susan's long-awaited book of herb lore, cookery, crafts, and gardening), go here:


    Out and About

    BLEEDING HEARTS will be in bookstores on April 4, and Susan will be traveling through the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states to introduce the book to fans and friends. We've posted her schedule—hope you can come and join the fun!



    Spring is coming to the Texas Hill Country—can bluebonnets be far behind? To read about Susan's writing, gardening, writing, and life's ordinary dailiness, visit: Please bookmark it, so you can return often. Or you can go to the website,, and scroll down the toolbar to "Crime Partners"—click on "Lifescapes."

    If you've been surfing around lately, you might have chanced on Susan's Amazon blog. If not, go to and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You may want to bookmark the page—she'll be updating it frequently. The posts also appear on the book pages.


    Herb Snips: Spring Planning Time

    It may be too early to plant in your corner of the country, but it's never too early to plan. If you've been thinking of including herbs in your garden, now's the time to decide what and where to plant. An easy, interesting, and practical garden might feature tea herbs arranged around a sundial, birdbath, or fountain located in a sunny part of your yard. At the back of your garden, arrange taller herbs, such as rosemary, lavender, lemon grass, and bee balm. In front, try catnip, chamomile, thyme, lemon balm, and mint. Include a rose bush to produce bright hips rich in vitamin C, and you can look forward to many cups of tasty herb tea. To inspire your plans, consult Ann Lovejoy's book Tea Gardens.

    Want more herb snips? Go to


    Bleeding Hearts
    Bleeding Hearts

    (Coming in April!)

    "Albert's dialogue and characterizations put her in a class with lady sleuths V.I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum." —Publishers Weekly

    "The best of small-town Texas." —Library Journal

    Go here to read the first chapter and to order the book:

    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

    Go here to read more or to order the book:

    Bored with Your Commute?


    Let China and Ruby liven up that deadly dull daily drive. Bloodroot has joined A Dilly of a Death, Indigo Dying, and Mistletoe Man in the Recorded Books rental catalog. For details, go to To see all four available books, type in the author's name.

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