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

In This Issue
(To read this e-letter on our website, click here: mysterypartners.com/Newsletters/060601.html)

  • Book Report
  • Out and About
  • Lifescapes
  • Herb Snips
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    Book Report

    The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood is getting rave reviews in advance of its July publication. Publishers Weekly says, "Rich descriptions of the countryside and the imaginative rendering of the animal characters make this gentle tale a delight from start to finish." Order your signed first edition now (personalized, if you like) for mailing as soon as books are available: mysterypartners.com/order.html.

    Changes in our Bookstore
    We've made a change in our bookstore arrangements. The Alberts' books are now being sold through Story Circle Network (storycircle.org). Your purchases will help benefit that organization, which Susan founded SCN in 1997.

    China's Book of Days
    Susan has been reading galleys for China's upcoming herbal extravaganza, and reports that the book is in great shape and on-track for publication October 3. To celebrate, we've posted another entry to the Book of Days website. To read a preview, go here: mysterypartners.com/BookOfDays.

    Another Contest Coming Up!
    Watch for news about another contest, coming in mid-June. Beatrix Potter fans will have fun with this one!

     

    Out and About

    If you're going to the big lavender bash at Willow Farm, near Fairfield, Pennsylvania, be sure to look for Susan, who will be there too. For details, go here: mysterypartners.com/Events.html.


     

    Lifescapes

    A wandering donkey, lilies in bloom, and books, books, books—that's life at MeadowKnoll. Read Susan's blog for all the latest news from the Texas Hill Country. Go here: susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes. Please bookmark it, so you can return often. Or you can go to the website, mysterypartners.com, and scroll down the toolbar to "Crime Partners"—click on "Lifescapes."


     

    Herb Snips: Lemon Verbena

    Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla) is a native of Argentina and Chile, introduced into Europe by Spanish explorers. A tender perennial shrub with a brash lemony scent. Grow in bright sun, and cut back the side branches to produce more of those delectible lemony leaves. It will appreciate being potted up for a winter vacation indoors in all but the deep South. There, left to its own devices, it may grow to 15 feet. Add finely minced leaves to fruit salads, herbed cheeses, or your favorite tea.

    Lemon Butter
    1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
    2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    Grated peel of 1 lemon
    3-4 tablespoons very finely minced lemon verbena leaves

    Combine all ingredients and purée until smooth. Cover, refrigerate until firm.

    Want more herb snips? Go to mysterypartners.com/HerbSnips.html.

     

    Killer Plants

    Killer Plants Killerplants.com, 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!

     

    The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood
    The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood

    "Enchantment."—Kirkus Reviews

    "A stellar tribute to the famous children's author...sure to delight Beatrix Potter fans and cozy lovers everywhere."—Publishers Weekly

    Go here to read more or to order the book: mysterypartners.com/Beatrix/CuckooBrow.html

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    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: mysterypartners.com/China/Hearts.html

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    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: mysterypartners.com/Robin/Lizard.html

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    Boring Commute?

    Dead Man's Bones

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


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