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

In This Issue
(To read this e-letter on our website, click here: mysterypartners.com/Newsletters/060801.html)

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

    Spanish Dagger Book Tour: April 2007
    To celebrate the launch of China's fifteenth mystery, Susan will be accepting invitations to speak at April events in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Southern California. If your library/garden/herb group would like to invite her, please read this page carefully: mysterypartners.com/TourHostSite/invitation.html.

    Pecan Springs Journal: A New Blog!
    China, Ruby, and Susan have put their heads together and come up with a brand-new blog. It's called the Pecan Springs Journal, and you can access it here: susanalbert.typepad.com/pecanspringsjournal. It'll be a little-bit-of-everything weekly blog, published every Monday morning. Come on over to our new place, look around, and let us know how you like it.

    China's Book of Days
    The August preview entry for China's Book of Days is on Shaker herbs. To read it, go here: mysterypartners.com/BookOfDays. Herb societies, garden groups, and book clubs, please note that we are offering special prices for group orders of signed/personalized books. These will make wonderful holiday gifts, so start collecting your orders now.

    Cottage Tales Bookplates
    By popular request, we now have autographed bookplates for all three of the Cottage Tales. If you'd like a bookplate for your copy of The Tale of Hill Top Farm, The Tale of Holly How, and/or The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Cottage Tales Bookplate, PO Box 1616, Bertram TX 78605. Be sure to specify which book you want. If you'd like your bookplate personalized, tell us what you want Susan to say. (These bookplates are about 2"x3", so there's only room for a few words.) Wonderful for gift books!

     

    Out and About

    Susan will be in Denver on Friday and Saturday, September 1-2. For details of her appearances, go here: mysterypartners.com/Events.html.

    Susan was recently interviewed by Elisabeth Grant-Gibson, of Windows Bookshop in Monroe LA, about the pleasures and challenges of working with Beatrix Potter as a character. You can download a podcast of the 15-minute interview here: thebookreport.net/podcasts/072006.mp3.



     

    Lifescapes

    MeadowKnoll is a busy place in the summer, with books to finish, wildflowers in bloom, and a few summer-time getaways. Read about the Alberts' doings at susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes. Please bookmark the site, 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." We've recently added a new feature, allowing you to subscribe to a service that will notify you whenever Susan posts. Go here for details: susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes/2006/05/subscribe_me.html.


     

    Herb Snips: A Sunny Idea

    A sunny spot plus a handful of herbs brewed in a glass jar equals a pitcher of tasty tea. To brew your herbal sun tea, pick several handfuls of tea herbs, wash and bruise them, and place in a large glass jar filled with spring water. Place the jar where it will receive 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. When the taste pleases you, strain and refrigerate. Mint makes a fragrant sun tea, alone or blended with pineapple sage. Try rose geranium leaves with lavender, or brew up a bouquet of lively lemony herbs: lemon basil, lemon thyme, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemongrass.

    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

    "Like the English-country-life novels of Miss Read and Angela Thirkell, Albert's Beatrix Potter books are balm for the soul..."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

    "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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    Deadly Dull Drive?

    Dead Man's Bones

    China and Ruby will liven up that boring commute. 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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