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

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

    Book Report

    Bleeding Hearts, China Bayles #14, will be in your bookstore on April 4. According to Ransom Notes, this is China's best adventure yet: "Quirky, enlightening and surprisingly profound, Albert's China Bayles mysteries are an absolute delight to read: head and shoulders above most other amateur whodunits." To read the first chapter, go here and follow the links to Bleeding Hearts.

    Dead Man's Bones Now in Audio
    Recorded Books has released Dead Man's Bones, bringing to five the number of China Bayles mysteries available. To rent or purchase, go to and type Susan's name in the author search box.

    China's Book of Days
    We've posted an April entry to China's Herbal Book of Days website. For a preview of this long-awaited book of herb lore, cookery, crafts, and gardening, go here:


    Out and About

    Susan and China are packing their bags and getting out their maps for five weeks on the road with Bleeding Hearts. Will they be stopping anywhere near you? Maybe so! For details, go here: If you're not able to attend a signing and you'd like a signed book, phone any of the bookstores where Susan will be stopping. They'll be glad to help.



    Susan will be blogging through April 3. She gave up the idea of blogging on book tour ("China and I have enough to do!" she says). But she'll be maintaining a virtual presence on her blog with the aid of "pre-posted" blog entries. She's posted some favorite entries from earlier blogs, photos, and—of course—her "reading notes." So check back often while she's gone, at 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."


    Herb Snips: Sweet Violets

    The violet is a spring-bloomer, perhaps the sweetest of all. The edible blossoms are rich in sugar and pectin. They are often crystalized for use as a candy or cake decoration and made into syrups and even marmalades. In the days of Queen Elizabeth, they were made into a medicinal confection called sugar violet, "which is most pleasant and wholesome, especially it comforteth the heart and other inward parts" (John Gerrard, 1633) Young violet leaves can be used in salads and fritters, and they're good for you, too. An ounce of the first spring leaves contain five times more vitamin C than an ounce of oranges and almost three times more vitamin A than spinach.

    Want more herb snips? Go to


    Killer Plants

    Killer Plants, which is devoted to the mystery and excitement of the botanical connections that enrich our lives and our cultures, is one of China's favorite websites. Herbal lore, plant news and views, and fascinating botanical research. Visit soon, visit often!


    Bleeding Hearts
    Bleeding Hearts

    (Publication date: April 4!)

    "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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