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

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  • Book Report
  • Lifescapes
  • The Pecan Springs Journal
  • Herb Snips

    Book Report

    To celebrate the up-coming publication of The Book of Days, we have posted the first of four contests on the website: You can enter each contest only once, but you can enter every contest, so you'll have four chances to win a valuable first-edition, mint-condition signed copy of the first China Bayles mystery, Thyme of Death. Enter now, and test your knowledge about herbs!

    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, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Southern California. If your library/garden/herb group would like to invite her, please read this page carefully: Deadline for invitations: September 30.

    The Cottage Tales Audiobooks
    We're delighted to tell you that the The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter will be available as unabridged audiobooks from Recorded Books. Please ask your librarian to be on the lookout for the first three releases—coming soon, we hope! We can't wait to hear them ourselves!



    Susan is away today, but you might be interested in this post in her online journal, on the native shrug agarita:


    The Pecan Springs Journal

    China's been crafting herbal topiaries—drop in at for a few how-to tips. You'll also find a September calendar for some of the more interesting Pecan Springs happenings, such as the big sale at the Craft Emporium and the Annual Fall Rose Rustlers Safari. You're invited!


    Herb Snips: Garlic Oil . . . Yum!

    There's nothing tastier and simpler for a quick and easy supper than a plate of spaghetti served with warm bread and a cruet of home-made garlic oil for dipping. To make this flavored oil, brush 3 heads of garlic (yes, three whole heads) with a teaspoon of canola or safflower oil. Roast at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, then cool. Slice the heads in half horizontally and squeeze the soft garlic into a small pan. Add ½ cup olive oil and ½ cup canola or safflower oil and warm over low heat for five minutes. Pour into a sterilized container, cover, and refrigerate for 48 hours. Strain into another sterilized container (being careful to get out all the garlic bits), cover and refrigerate. Use within two weeks. (Be extra-careful when you're making herbal oils. All ingredients, work surfaces, utensils, and containers must be clean. Refrigerate the oil while it is steeping and before you use it. Anaerobic bacteria grow rapidly in room-temperature oil.)

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    China Bayles' Book of Days
    China Bayles' Book of Days

    Featuring 365 days of recipes, crafts, gardening tips, remedies, and more, this special volume is your personal calendar of the legends and lore of herbs.

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    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

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