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Partners in Crime MysteryPartners e-Letter  
March 24, 2008  
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  • Book Report
  • Out and About
  • Herb Snips
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    Book Report
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    Susan's Podcasts Susan will be visiting five interesting blogs this week: two gardens, an herb shop, a mystery authors' blog, and a naturalist's blog. Check out the dates, places, and topics for her posts on our calendar. Be sure to bookmark it, so you can ride along with Susan. Oh, and did we say prizes? There'll be a drawing (for a first-edition copy of Nightshade) at every blog visit. Join the fun!

    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 next week. Or you can preorder your very own signed copy here.

     

    Out and About

    Susan will be touring Texas in April, talking about Nightshade. Check our Events listings to see whether she's scheduled to be in your area.


     

    Herb Snips: An Herbal Spring Cleaning

    Harsh chemicals not your cup of tea? Here are some herbal housekeeping helpers, just in thyme for a good, old-fashioned spring cleaning:
    • Use fresh sorrel leaves from your garden to renew your copper-bottomed pans. Just wet and scrub.

    • Discourage hungry moths with cedar shavings, which can be more cheaply purchased from pet-supply stores. If the cedar doesn't smell strong enough, add a few drops of cedar oil. Package your cedar repellant in cloth bags and drop into drawers with stored woolens. Fragrant additives for an extra moth-chaser kick: powdered cloves, fresh rosemary, southernwood, lavender, tansy.

    • Your dryer will deliver sweet-smelling clothes (and your laundry room will smell like your favorite herb shop!) if you toss in a cloth bag filled with herbs, along with the laundry. Try mint, lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary.

    • A bouquet of fresh basil and sweet bay on the window sill will banish flies from the kitchen. Drops of mint oil on a cotton ball will send mouse critters packing. Fresh bay leaves, placed in a container with grains, cornmeal, or flour, wards off weevils. Raccoons in the garbage can? A sprinkling of cayenne pepper on the lid will give them paws for concern.

    • Renew and polish wood furniture with a soft cloth moistened with a mixture of 3 tablespoons linseed oil, 3 tablespoons vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil.

    Read more herb snips.

     

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    Nightshade
                   
    Nightshade
                   
    Coming April 1

    "The best of small-town Texas."
    Library Journal

    Click to read more or to order the book.

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    Spanish Dagger

    Spanish Dagger


    Available in paperback April 1

    "One of her best mysteries." —Kirkus

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

    Click to read more or to order the book.

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    Take a Trip
    to the Lakes!

    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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    This newsletter is a publication of Partners in Crime, (P.O. Box 1616, Bertram TX 78605-1616). It is provided free, via e-mail, to anyone, worldwide. ©2008 Bill & Susan Albert

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