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  Susan Wittig Albert & Bill Albert
Partners in Crime MysteryPartners e-Letter  
March 19, 2008  
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  • Book Report
  • Out and About
  • Lifescapes & the Pecan Springs Journal
  • All About Thyme
  • Herb Snips
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    Book Report
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    Susan's Podcasts Susan will be visiting 15 interesting blogs March 24-April 11, posting about Nightshade, herbs and mysteries, and the China Bayles series. There'll be a book drawing (for a signed first-edition copy of Nightshade) at every blog visit. You won't want to miss a single one!

    Get an Early Peek into Nightshade
    Go here to discover some surprising facts about the fascinating nightshade family, check out a recipe, and read the first chapter of Susan's upcoming novel. The book, China's sixteenth adventure, will be in your local bookstore the first week of April. Or you can preorder your very own signed copy here.

     

    Out and About

    Susan is planning a Texas tour for Nightshade. Check our Events listings for April to see whether she's scheduled to be in your area.


     

    Lifescapes
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    The daffodils and a few spring flowers are beginning to bloom at Meadow Knoll. Check out Susan's blog, Lifescapes, for pictures.

     

    All About Thyme
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    Want to find out how to grow rosemary from seed? Discover some herbs that might protect you on the Ides of March? Learn why the Europeans distrusted the potato? You'll find all this and more in All About Thyme, our weekly herbal eletter. Go here and look for the "sample copy."

     

    Herb Snips: The All-Natural Easter Egg

    The decorated egg, a symbol of rebirth in many pagan cultures, made its first appearance in Europe when the Crusaders brought the idea from the East. Natural dyes are fun and easy for kids to work with, and they'll learn about plants in the process. In general, the more coloring agent you use and the longer the egg remains in the dye, the darker the color will be. Arrange these pastel eggs in a basket with snips of rosemary, thyme, sage, and fuzzy lambs ears and use as a table decoration.
    Red Simmer eggs for up to an hour with the skins of red onions
    Tan Simmer eggs for up to an hour with the skins of yellow onions
    Dark brown Add 2 tablespoons instant coffee and 1 teaspoon vinegar to two cups hot water, soak boiled eggs overnight
    Pink Soak boiled eggs overnight in cranberry or beet juice
    Lavender Pour hot water over violet blossoms, soak boiled eggs overnight.
    Yellow Add 2 teaspoons of tumeric and 1 teaspoon vinegar to 3 cups water, soak boiled eggs overnight
    Blue Simmer eggs for up to an hour with a few leaves of red cabbage, or soak boiled eggs in grape juice

    Read more herb snips.

     

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    Susan's Podcasts

    Susan's Podcasts


    If you haven't yet listened to Susan's herbal podcasts, check them out here. You can learn all about the secret lives of parsley, rosemary, the notorious nettle, and more. When you listen to the podcasts, be sure and drop in on the resource pages for more information, recipes, and crafts. Fun!

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    Take a Trip
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    The Tale of Hawthorn House


    All four of the Cottage Tales are now available from Recorded Books, narrated by acclaimed British actor/musician Virginia Leishman—a treat for the ears and the imagination! Also available: six China Bayles mysteries: Bleeding Hearts, Bloodroot, Dead Man's Bones, A Dilly of a Death, Indigo Dying, Mistletoe Man.

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    Story Circle Book Reviews

       

    Visit Story Circle Book Reviews
    The most comprehensive women's
    book review site on the Internet.
    Edited by Susan Albert,
    Paula Yost, and Linda Wisniewski.


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