China Bayles
  Susan Wittig Albert & Bill Albert
Mystery Partners MysteryPartners e-Letter  
March 2007  

In This Issue

  • Book Report
  • All About Thyme: A Weekly Calendar of Times & Seasonings
  • Out and About
  • Lifescapes & the Pecan Springs Journal
  • Herb Snips

    Book Report

    The first chapter of Spanish Dagger is available online. Read it to find out what's happening these days with China, Ruby, and the Pecan Springs gang. And while you're on that page, take a look at the recipe. If you have yucca in your garden, it'll give you an idea of how to use those beautiful blossoms. The book will be in your local bookstore the first week of April, so be sure to look for it!

    The first three of Susan's series of ten podcasts, "All About Thyme" are now available online. You can learn all about the secret lives of parsley, rosemary, and onions (yes! the onion is an herb!)—and more. Listen to podcast and visit the resource pages.

    If you've been waiting for the film Miss Potter to appear in your neighborhood, it'll be out sometime in March. The distributors decided to re-release it after the Oscar hoopla has died down. In the meantime, The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood is now available in paperback!


    All About Thyme: A Weekly Calendar of Times & Seasonings

    If you're gardening by the moon, you'll want to be sure and subscribe to Susan's herbal e-letter. In "Things to Do This Week," she's included some suggestions for herb plantings and garden care—a continuation of the series, "Planting by the Zodiac," that she wrote in the past for the Herb Companion.


    Out and About

    If you've been wanting to attend one of Susan's writing classes, here's your chance! She is leading a women's memoir writing retreat for Story Circle on the weekend of March 16-18, 2007. For full details, including a program description, see the LifeLines page.

    The Spanish Dagger book tour will take Susan through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. The schedule is here. Mark your calendar for the days she plans to be in your area—and be sure and tell your friends!


    Lifescapes & the Pecan Springs Journal

    China is writing a series of blog entries about yucca, as background for Spanish Dagger, so be sure and drop in at her weekly blog, The Pecan Springs Journal, to see what she has to say. Susan's been writing (isn't she always?), pruning roses, working on a conference program, and enjoying the first warm days in the Texas Hill Country. Read Lifescapes to find out what's blooming at MeadowKnoll.


    Herb Snips: Spring Planning Time

    It may be too early to plant in your corner of the country, but it's never too early to plan. If you've been thinking of including herbs in your garden, now's the time to decide what and where to plant. An easy, interesting, and practical garden might feature tea herbs arranged around a sundial, birdbath, or fountain located in a sunny part of your yard. At the back of your garden, arrange taller herbs, such as rosemary, lavender, lemon grass, and bee balm. In front, try catnip, chamomile, thyme, lemon balm, and mint. Include a rose bush to produce bright hips rich in vitamin C, and you can look forward to many cups of tasty herb tea. To inspire your plans, consult Ann Lovejoy's book Tea Gardens.

    Read more herb snips.


    Join Susan for ten short takes on herbs!

    Listen to Susan's series of ten podcasts, "All About Thyme"

    Spanish Dagger
    Spanish Dagger
    "Quirky, enlightening and surprisingly profound, Albert's China Bayles mysteries are an absolute delight to read: head and shoulders above most other amateur whodunits." —Ransom Notes

    "A leisurely cozy with a Southwestern flair." —Publishers Weekly

    Click to read the first chapter (pdf).

    Take a Trip to the Lake District

    The Tale of Hill Top Farm

    For a delightful change of pace, listen to the gentle tale of how Beatrix Potter came to Hill Top Farm and began to make a new life. For details, go to To see all six of Susan's available books, type in the author's name.

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