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Partners in Crime MysteryPartners e-Letter  
April 7, 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 This is the final week of Susan's blog tour. She'll be blogging in Jim Long's herb shop and garden, visiting two gardeners in the Austin area, and an herb magazine editor. And as a bonus, she and Bill will be talking with an Ohio librarian. You won't want to miss that one! Check out the dates, places, and topics on our calendar. Be sure to bookmark it, so you can ride along with Susan. And of course, there are prizes. There's a drawing (for a first-edition copy of Nightshade) at every blog visit. Join the fun!

    Nightshade on the Shelf!
    It's out, and the reviews are coming in—all positive, we're happy to say! You'll find Nightshade in your local bookstore. If not, you can order your own signed copy. Book sales from Susan's website benefit the Story Circle Network. You can read the first chapter and learn more about the notorious nightshades 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: Sweet, sweet violets...

    Cultivated for more than two millennia, violets have been among the most treasured of spring-time herbs. The Romans used violets to flavor wine, and 14th century cooks stuffed poultry with them. The Victorians brewed a violet tisane, steeping a handful of fresh leaves in a pot of just-boiled water for ten minutes, French cooks crystallized violet flowers to decorate candies and cakes, and American colonists used young leaves in salads. But violets aren't just for pretty. The herb has long been used to treat coughs and bronchitis, and has a reputation as an anti-cancer herb. For more violet lore, go here.
    The sweetness of the violet's deep blue eyes,
    Kissed by the breath of heaven,
    Seems color'd by its skies.
    —Byron

    Read more herb snips.

     

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    "The best of small-town Texas."
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    Spanish Dagger

    "One of her best mysteries." —Kirkus

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

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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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