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

In This Issue
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  • Book Report
  • Out and About
  • Lifescapes & the Pecan Springs Journal
  • Herb Snips

    Book Report

    We now have autographed bookplates for all three of the Cottage Tales, AND for Bleeding Hearts. To request yours, send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Bookplates, PO Box 1616, Bertram TX 78605-1616. There's no charge, but be sure to specify which bookplate you want: The Tale of Hill Top Farm, The Tale of Holly How, and/or The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood—and/or Bleeding Hearts. If you'd like your bookplate personalized, tell Susan what to write. (These bookplates are about 2"x3", so there's only room for a few words.) Wonderful for gift books!

    Contest Winner
    We have a winner in our "What Happened to August 31?" contest! Congratulations and a big basket of herbal goodies, go to Sunny Meriweather of Monroe LA. Hope you enjoy your basket, Sunny! And thanks to all who entered the contest.

    And to all readers of China Bayles' Book of Days: If you're looking for August 31, you can download it here:


    Out and About

    Susan's November travels include two events in the Austin area. Check them out here: and make plans to join us.

    For those of you who have asked about Susan's writing workshops, here's a heads-up. She will be leading a women's memoir writing retreat for Story Circle on the weekend of March 16-18, 2007. For full details, follow the links from this page: Registration has already opened. If you're interested, it would be a good idea to register now, as the available places are sure to fill quickly.


    Lifescapes & the Pecan Springs Journal

    Autumn has come to MeadowKnoll, and Susan and Bill have been busy with autumn chores. For garden photos, updates on Susan's latest writing project, and all the news, go to:

    And to catch up with the lives of your favorite Texas characters, drop in on Ruby and China at


    Herb Snips: Mull It Over

    Mulling spices are wonderful to have in the pantry for those winter evenings when the clan gathers around the fire. Mix 2 cups dried orange peel, 2 cups broken cinnamon sticks, 1 cup whole allspice berries, 1 cup whole cloves, 4 broken star anise. Store in a closed jar. To use: mix ¼ cup of spices per gallon of wine, cider, or apple juice. Simmer for 30 minutes before serving. Serve in mugs with cinnamon stick stirrers or a punch bowl garnished with orange slices. The spicy aroma is a delightful bonus!

    Want more herb snips? Go to


    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.

    "This is a lovely book to give as a gift to a gardener in your life."
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Go here to read more or to order the book:

    An Unthymely Death
    An Unthymely Death
    A one-of-a-kind collection featuring a one-of-a-kind sleuth who's worth spending some "quality thyme" with!

    "Albert artfully brings the down-home town of Pecan Springs alive."
    —Dallas Morning News

    Go here to read more or to order the book:

    Deadly Dull Drive?

    Bleeding Hearts

    China and Ruby will liven up that boring commute. Bleeding Hearts has joined Dead Man's Bones, A Dilly of a Death, Indigo Dying, Bloodroot, and Mistletoe Man in the Recorded Books rental catalog. For details, go to To see all six available books, type in the author's name.

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