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

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

    Book Report

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

    Cassandra Wilde, China's and Ruby's new partner in their catering enterprise, has baked up some lemon-rosemary hearts, and she's shared her recipe with us. You'll find it on our Bleeding Hearts page: And while you're there, take a few minutes to read the first chapter of China's latest adventure!

    Changes in our Bookstore
    Later this month, we'll be announcing a change in our bookstore arrangements. You will be able to order from the Hill Country Bookstore's order form on our website through the middle of this month. After that, the Story Circle Network will take over the filling of book orders, as a benefit to that organization. (Susan founded SCN in 1997.) Stay tuned!


    Out and About

    Not much longer now! Susan will be appearing in North Carolina, ending her tour with a big celebration at Buffalo Springs Herb Farm in Racine VA. For details, go here: If you can't attend and would like a signed book, phone any of the bookstores where Susan will be stopping. They'll be glad to help.



    Susan will be back at her blog (in person) next week. But in the meantime, you can read her pre-posted entries, see photos of springtime at MeadowKnoll, and read some herbal lore. Go here: 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: May Day

    May Day celebrations can be traced back to the Roman celebration of spring, the Floralia, which began on April 28 and went on for several days. By the 1700's, in England, this festival had evolved into an important village celebration. Young women went into the forests to gather flowers and came back with armfuls of blooming hawthorn, which they called May (hence the line, "go a-Maying"). The May Pole, as powerful a symbol of spring's beginning as the Yule log of the year's end, was raised in the center of the village, decked with herbs, flowers, and bright ribbons. The fairest maid was crowned Queen of the May, and everyone danced.

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    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

    "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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